Several of the Harmony team tested the game and here is their feedback:
The game part of the game seems secondary as you have to click through the “player” icon to get to it; wild horse run isn’t live yet obv; you can “work” but passcode locked. Aesthetic is like a Jackie Lawson e-card alas. You can buy on tofunft and farm, can stake facilities, 137k locked in yield farming with a kajillion percent APR. Of course unfinished, but not the most compelling on the surface
The game provides no instructions for players to get started. I’ve googled, looked on their website, and watched videos hoping for instructions. Most of the information I’ve found just tells what you’re able to do in the game, but lacks how to actually do it.
There seems to be a number of dead ends through links in the game-- “No data to display”. Though this might be because you need to initially begin the game to generate this data, the game lacks reasoning, guidance, and stimulation.
Marketplace items are expensive. (You can also bid–it’s cheaper.) On the website, it encourages you to buy a horse through the marketplace to get started. Though, once in the marketplace, you’re left with only stables and facilities to purchase. These stables are at a fixed price of about $50. I have yet to see horses in the marketplace.
Unclear direction of how to gain tokens. Under “player”, I was hopeful in seeing that I could sign up for work. Once in the space, you are required to enter a passcode. The site does not mention how to obtain/create a passcode. Another dead end.
Overall: if this game were to launch into a space for everyday users to play, they would need to implement clear guidelines (how-to’s) and definitions. Specifically if they’re hoping to reach a larger scale through google play and the apple store, users lack the guidance to understand how to play, and the education of what they are playing for.
I’ve noticed it more commonly be the “web3” way to shout “yield farming”, “stake”, etc. but the common person has no ability to understand, (and more importantly–trust), what they are doing and what they are getting into in this game. Without timely periods of research.
Based on my 10 minutes or so on the game - I think they figured out the animation and the game mechanics pretty well.
But they need a “Get Started” guide…
Their music gives me an early Wii vibe - which a lot of people are a fan of.
And I would be interested to see what the “play” is in the game. Is it: random features based on minting an NFT and THAT is what makes me better? Or is it: I spend the time training / breeding / etc of my horses and that is what makes me better?
This is only feedback based on (a) connecting my wallet and poking around and (b) watching that short youtube.
What I Like:
— Reminds me of a Wii game. Simple. Potentially catchy and fun. Universal audience.
— The breeding and racing aspect seems like a fun way to keep players coming back.
— The art style of the menus, jockeys, and horses are simple (in a very good way) and playful.
What I Dislike:
— I don’t understand how to navigate the in-game menus. It’s a bit confusing for me as someone who just jumped into the game.
— The music is all over the place and keeps changing when I switch screens. Going back to the main menu results in completely different music than when I first visited. This can cause some disorientation as players expect a level or screen to have the same music when they return. It helps associate an experience with your senses. Related, the music stopped playing for me for some reason, and now nothing plays.
— I wish the menus showed some more in-game views. For example, if you go to Breed, the background should show your player in the stable tending to your horse. If you click on Player, it should show your jockey lounging around with applicable options on the side.
— Too many submenus can be confusing when navigating. Example: I start at Menu, then I can click Horses. From Horses I can click Hire (am I hiring a horse…?). From there I choose a career (I thought I was hiring…) so I decide to pick Race. Now I see I have no horses, but there’s no option to breed a horse, instead I have to transfer them… but I have none to begin with so what do I do?
TLDR: Looks like a potentially catchy and fun (cute?) game that can be enjoyed by a lot of people. But the menus make it super confusing to play and I end up quitting before I can enjoy it.