For those who know and love the sport, horse racing is synonymous with adrenaline. The ‘Sport of the Kings’ excites a lot of fans around the world for centuries and it still fills up racetracks, like Churchill Downs, during stand-out events like the Kentucky Derby.
You get a buzz of adrenaline from seeing the hubbub at the track. It picks up when you hand your money to the betting window, or click “Bet” on your favorite app, like TwinSpires.
It spikes as the field roars into the stretch and you cheer on your pick, and it lingers long after you cash your winning ticket. There’s nothing like it.
However, as the Triple Crown mania fades into memory, with Belmont Stakes ending the year’s calendar, and the heat index climbs, some fans – particularly those who are not near a racetrack that operates in the summer- may need to look elsewhere for their rush.
Unfortunately, compared to other major sports, horse racing does not have many choices when it concerns video games.
Still, between the few ones that exist we picked the best three titles for you to try. For those with a competitive streak, or who simply wish to experience the sport from a different perspective, horse racing video games might just scratch that itch.
Here are some of the best horse racing video games on the market today, for you to try if possible.
This is a great old game for those who enjoy the visual aspect of a horse racing video game, but want to enjoy it with a group of friends in a style similar to a board game.
This game focuses on simulating the gambling aspect of the sport (without needing to risk any money beyond the initial purchase of the game). Players receive fake racing forms, which give relevant information about their horses, and keep track of their bets and their payouts. This 2004 game might not be new, but it still offers a great party experience!
Rival Stars Horse Racing
System: Android, iOS, PlayStation, PC, Mac
If you want a fully immersive racing experience in which you develop your character’s story arc over a long period of time, Rival Stars Horse Racing is right up your alley.
In this game, you begin as the heir to your grandfather’s ranch. Where you go from there is up to you: you can acquire stallions and mares to build a breeding operation, establish yourself as the head trainer of a champion racing stable, or even get on the horses yourself and pursue a career as a jockey. You can earn money by winning races or working for others, but you can also bet on races for a faster return on your investment.
Rival Stars Horse Racing is an addictive game that will allow the player to experience all aspects of the Sport of Kings. Released in 2020, the game also features excellent graphics and controls. The game is also available on mobile devices, meaning that you can play it both at home and on the go!
Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer
System: PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Wii
If you want to experience the thrill of riding in a race as a jockey, this game should top your list.
You begin the game as a low-level apprentice rider. To gain access to more prestigious mounts, who are more likely to win and earn you money, you need to earn Rider Points.
Earning Rider Points, of course, involves winning races with the mounts you get. The game incorporates motion sense, so every move you make during a race has an effect on your outcome! You will need to adjust your stance to improve balance, urge your horse forward, and make decisions in fractions of a second. Also, as a jockey it is important for you to build relationships with not only your horses, but also those who own and train them.
G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer allows racing fans to experience a part of the sport that few could enjoy otherwise: the immense surge of power that comes from piloting one of these majestic beasts to victory!