- System: iOS/Android
- Publisher: USAYA Co., Ltd.
- Developer: USAYA Co., Ltd.
- Release Date: Date: October 7, 2016
- Pricing:Free, offers in-app purchases
- Rating: 12+
- Genre: Otome, Visual Novel
- Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/umaPuri5
Who it caters to
If you’ve ever played or even heard of Hatoful Boyfriend, the visual novel where you date boys that are actually anthropomorphic pigeons, Uma no Prince-sama comes from a similar vein. This equestrian parody of idol-boy otome game Uta no Prince-sama might not be as well-developed as its aviary counterpart, but it has the same laugh-out-loud quality of ridiculousness.
The latest iOS and Android app from lovers of the absurd USAYA, Uma no Prince-sama is their first otome game - and hopefully not their last. If you’re looking for something hilarious to pass some spare time, why not join us as we trot off into the world where horses may or may not appear extremely attractive…?
What to expect
However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t get to make any choices that affect the game. Between each chapter are missions you must complete, part of which involves interacting with the horse-boy. Your reward? Those romantic cut scenes that every otome fan yearns for - except one hundred times funnier. Each of these scenes is saved to an album, so you can relive each moment whenever you feel like it. Or shut it away in the vault and pretend it never happened. Either way.
One more thing to expect with this being a free-to-play game is advertisements. Constant background floating ads, the option to watch a video in order to get another talk session with your manhorse, and the frequent pop up (but skippable) advertisements can get old pretty quickly, but are also useful if you’re like me and refuse to spend real money on a game about dating a horse. If you don’t mind spending money, however, in-app purchases are available in the form of golden carrots and horseshoes to make those pesky missions take up less time.
But where should she find her prince? Umako wonders, what do princes do? With her faultless logic, she realises - they ride horses, obviously! Where do you find horses? Farms in the middle of nowhere, of course! Perfect. Job done. Or at least that’s what she thought. Arriving at her chosen ranch, she ends up face-to-very-human-face with a horse… Man… Thing. No, we’re not talking about a centaur here. Yuuma is literally a horse with the face of a hottie. From the neck down, he’s 100% horse (we assume, but honestly are afraid to imagine).
He may not be half the prince she’s been searching for, but he is around an eighth at least. Before she knows it, Umako is head over hooves for Yuuma. But he has a dark past… He’s been abandoned by his former owner! Owning a horse isn’t cheap, we’re reminded - what with all the carrots and treadmills you have to buy. However, as we’ve learnt, our Umako isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, so when faced with a clopping kabedon, she immediately agrees to become Yuuma’s new owner. Good luck, girl. Ride on.
One thing that’s surprising about Uma no Prince-sama is that most of the art is actually quite good. If you take away Farmer Scribble, the crayon-style farm background, and the fact that Yuuma is a horse with a human head, it’s fairly pretty to look at - especially the faces. Okay, Yuuma’s face. Don’t tell anyone I said that. Basically, the art works well with the humour and reflects the way you feel when playing this - mostly fine with a hint of “what the hell am I doing with my life right now.”
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Easy to play
- Hilarious storyline and characters
- Mixture of attractive and humorous art
- Laugh-out-loud ‘romantic’ cut scenes
- Only in Japanese (as of October 2016)
- No voice acting
- Missions take forever
- Only one route
Honey's Final Verdict:
Just a few of things let this game down. One, the lack of variety in the storyline. Although this is a new game and things may change depending on its success or lack thereof, the current lack of branching in the route as well as there only being one route to follow is a bit of a let down. Just think how much more hilarious this game could be with a tsundere megane stallion or a delinquent pony with a heart of gold to go after? The second let down is the lack of voice acting. Who cares about the scribble guy, I want to hear Yuuma speaking with a voice as attractive as his face. Or at least some neighing, come on.
One thing that is particularly annoying if you’re the type to want to play a game continuously rather than spending a few minutes on it here and there is the amount of time it takes to complete missions. Whilst Yuuma’s motivation does increase by itself over time, it takes way too long, and even getting an excellent score when talking to him only lasts a little while. Of course, if you don’t mind sitting through advertisement videos, you can have as many conversations with him as you like - but it still takes ages.
Saying that, in my opinion, it’s worth slogging it through the missions for the hilarity that ensues. At the end of the day, Uma no Prince-sama is a game for those who love parodies, enjoy anything ridiculous, and want to be able to say “I played a mobile game once where you dated a horse with a human face.” So if you fall into any of those categories, it’s time to click that download button with pride, and gallop into the world of this weird and wonderful otome game.