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In Thoroughbred Tycoon the player steps into the horse racing business and has the goal to earn as much money as possible. First he buys a horse from of two breeders which offer horses of different quality and prizes and chooses one of three training farms. In the prize included is a horse trainer who sets a diet and training plan for the horse - of course the efficiency is better when using a more expensive farm. But if the player feels competent enough he can undertake these duties himself.

The player can walk freely over the farm and interact with his horse through a context menu, e.g. he rides it, feeds it or tells it to sleep. Every action influences the horse's affection to the player and therefore its performance. Every horse has different stats which can be improved with the right diet and training. When the player rides his horse on the farm or during the race his only interaction possibility is to smack the horse. This improves its speed but also drains the stamina.

When a horse achieves good race results the player gets prize money. This can be reinvested into better food, training or additional horses. If the player has more horses to look after the game gets more stressful because it is played in real-time. A exceptionally successful horse can be sold to receive a large amount of money. If not it retires after 25-30 races and can then be used for breeding.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Vollblut Gestüt" -- German title

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GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2006 43 out of 100 43


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Patrick Bregger (210512) added Thoroughbred Tycoon (Windows) on Nov 30, 2009