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GamingTrend (Aug 16, 2006)
Gallop Racer 2006 will definitely appeal to the hard core sim and statistic fans in the gaming community. Also, if you are even remotely interested in horse racing then this is an absolute must-try. Every single element in the game has a mind blowing amount of information on it so if you want to know anything about a race, or a horse, or even a venue, in the game then you will find it here. The caveat to this is the game has an equally mind blowing learning curve that almost discourages casual play. This is not a title to sit down and play five minutes worth before you run out for errands. But if you devote some time to learning about horses and the racing itself, Gallop Racer 2006 is surprisingly rewarding.
IGN (Jun 01, 2006)
For fans of horses, racing, stats, or high functioning autistics this title stocks plenty to do. Tack on decent graphics and challenging (but not impossible) learning curve and you've got one satisfying niche title and a surprisingly great and wicked way to get your pony fix. Yes, we're totally serious.
GameZone (Jun 15, 2006)
Despite that small problem, Gallop Racer 2006 is a small improvement from the last installment. With even more addicting betting, stat managing and racing, Gallop Racer 2006 improved for the better. I couldn’t be happier with what was delivered this time around. If only they pushed towards the simulation side of things more with no arcade experience found whatsoever.
TotalPlayStation (May 22, 2006)
At the end of the day, though, you're still going to have to have a real interest in the sport. Yes, it took me 700+ words to say that, but it's not like the game will completely turn you off if you haven't played a horse racing game before. It's just going to be... puzzling. Much like why we did this review at all.
GamingExcellence (May 24, 2006)
In the end, it seems Gallop Racer 2006 is destined to stay in a niche. With a lack of any useful tutorials on the proper way to race, or some sort of a glossary (for the curious, one furlong equals 660 feet), this game looks only to appeal to those who are already interested in the sport of horse-racing, and likely won't appeal to those who aren't.
Game Shark (Jun 12, 2006)
The game, not surprisingly, still focuses on grass racing (it's a Japanese product, and it's mostly turf racing over there) and you still see way too many fillies racing against colts so it's still got a long way to go to be classified as a hardcore racing sim. Still, it's as good as it gets in terms of an arcade horse racing game, and it's impossible to deny its addictive qualities. It's just a shame that Tecmo took the series into this more solitary direction. In short, I miss my stable.
Worth Playing (Jul 09, 2006)
As engrossing and deep as Gallop Racer 2006 is, it's still a horse-racing simulation, after all. This severely limits the appeal of the game, as most people are probably more interested in managing a football franchise or a baseball team than a horse farm. However, if you're in the mood for something different or just happen to be a budding horse breeder, Gallop Racer 2006 might be the game for you. Just be prepared for a lot of stats and a lot of staring at a horse's backside. If you have a touch of equine blood running in your veins, Gallop Racer 2006 is calling to you.
The Next Level (USA) (Jun 19, 2006)
Therein lays the truly frustrating aspect of this game. Beneath the confoundingly difficult game navigation, lack of tutorial guide, and unnecessarily vague game goals lives a truly deep, rewarding, and - yes, I am about to say it - fun game. Gamers familiar with past Gallop Racer efforts likely know this already and will feel quite at home. It's just a shame that newcomers to the series will feel like quitting out of frustration. Had this reviewer not had a duty to spend many hours with the game to give it a fair representation, I would have never made it to the point that I actually enjoyed myself. Having never played a game in the series prior to this one, I was more lost than in any title I can ever remember. Through sheer will, however, I discovered some of the joys of horse racing and breeding, and wound up appreciating many of the complexities Gallop Racer has to offer.
As for the races, there are few games that have made me feel less like I was part of the interactive experience than this. If you already like the series, not enough has changed to stop you from enjoying it. And that's exactly the reason why new players may as well just stay away.
Game Chronicles (Jun 21, 2006)
To each their own of course, but this game's developers probably could have put a bit more effort into Gallop Racer 2006 in order to make it more accessible for people who are curious, or just think the idea of a racing game with horses is cool. As someone who feels just like that, I can respect what Gallop Racer 2006 is about, but I'm a little disappointed too.
Maxim Magazine (May 02, 2006)
The temptation to crack an Italian Stallion joke while reviewing a horse racing game is immense. Instead, let's talk about the custom horse creation that offers depth, how rising from low-rent pro to show-stopping steed gives the game hours of stamina, and how engaging in 100 classics competitions will trigger some intense memories. Then again, the Italian Stallion offers depth, stamina, and memories, too. Oh, snap!
GameSpot (Jun 14, 2006)
But, if it's a horse-racing simulation you're looking for, there aren't that many other options out there, and on a technical level, Gallop Racer 2006 is pretty proficient; it's just not a very inviting experience. Fans who have already acclimated themselves to the generally noninclusive tone of the franchise shouldn't have too much trouble digging through the clumsy interface and often clinical appearance, but it's probably not worth the trouble to anyone else.
GameSpy (Jun 05, 2006)
Gallop Racer 2006 is the kind of incredibly deep simulation that will really only appeal to those who lie squarely within its target audience. The target audience in this case being die-hard fans of the sport of horse racing, as well as those with a taste for gambling who may be better off with a few less trips to the local track on payday. If you're the kind of gamer that likes to set two CPU-controlled combatants battle against each other in Street Fighter II and bet on the outcome with your friends, then this may be your type of game. But if you enjoy going to the race track, getting some fresh air, and watching the horses race for your fun and profit, then it's quite likely that Gallop Racer 2006 won't be able to fill that niche for you.