Spurred on by the prevalence of mobile technology and, as a result, mobile gaming, the video game market has become the force to be reckoned with within the entertainment sector – now valued at more than the music and movie industries combined.
An increasing accessibility to gaming through platforms such as Steam and Apple’s App Store have made it easier for people to play games and expanded the potential market significantly.
In such a booming industry with such an enormous target market, developers have begun to diversify the types of game being made.
Horse racing fans can rejoice at the plethora of titles now available, marketed directly at them or with some element within them that they are likely to enjoy.
We explore some of the games already on the market that would be a hit for any horse racing enthusiast.
Horse Racing Manager
This popular horse racing management game from developers Third Time Inc allows players to create and manage their own stable of horses. Players can breed, train and race their horses on a variety of real-world tracks.
Using an in-game currency of horseshoes, players are able to purchase breeding rights and food (treats and oats) for their herd. When your prize filly drops below 39% fatigue, you can take them to a spa to train and recuperate.
Horse Racing Manager is available to download now from Google’s Play Store and an earlier version is available from Apple’s App Store.
Admittedly not a horse-themed game as many others are on this list, bingo gets an honourable mention purely for how enjoyable it is, and also because of the number of horse racing fans that already enjoy playing it.
If you’re new to the game, it’s incredibly simple to pick up the basics but you can learn how to play bingo at one of the country’s leading operators, Jackpotjoy.
Horse racing fans are no strangers to having to retain extensive amounts of information, from odds to form to the colours of their favourite jockey’s silks, and they’re likely to be immediately adept at bingo which requires similar skills.
The competitive nature of bingo alongside the community, and camaraderie it is known for, is what keeps people coming back for more, time and time again.
Photo Finish Horse Racing
Another offering from developers Third Time Inc, Photo Finish Horse Racing is self-described as a virtual horse racing ecosystem that has been faithfully constructed to simulate the thrills and spills of the professional horse racing circuit.
Begin your own dynasty with one of 4,450 “Generation Zero” thoroughbreds, from which an infinite number of champion foals will continue the bloodline.
Using a time scale of one real world week equating to one year in-game, your horses will mature and develop unique attributes.
Each of your champion breeds are also backed up by NFT technology, meaning your hard work in-game could result in genuine profits.
Red Dead Redemption II
The second edition of the stunningly detailed wild west series from triple-A studio Rockstar Games, also responsible for the GTA and Max Payne series, Red Dead Redemption II is an action adventure game set in a fictionalised version of the United States in 1899.
Although the game doesn’t focus entirely on horse racing, your trusty steed is by your side throughout your journey and you grow to create quite the friendship.
As part of three single player side quests, you’ll need to race on horseback to be successful, and you’ll also find yourself coursing after bad guys or fleeing from trouble in the same way.
Each of the games in the Red Dead universe are exceptionally replayable and with an online version available, you might find yourself losing an alarming amount of time to them.
If you’ve a few minutes to spare, Racehorse Tycoon is a free-to-play game that allows players to manage their own horse racing stable.
Players can breed, train and race their horses against others in a virtual horse racing world. It’s quick to get stuck into and surprisingly addictive.
Derby Quest Horse Racing
Available for Android devices, Derby Quest is an enjoyable mobile game that puts you in the saddle as a champion jockey.
Compete against other players in online competitions and unlock new tracks and equipment as you progress through the game.
Championship Racing 2019
Championship Racing is a few years old now but what makes it unique – and still worthy of your attention – is that it takes place at a number of real-world tracks.
A simulation game with impressively realistic physics and detailed graphics make it a favourite among horse racing fans looking to get closer to the action.
Horse Racing 3D
Horse Racing 3D is a mobile game that allows players to race their horses in a variety of tracks and conditions.
The action takes place from the third person, right behind your jockey, so you feel the intensity of a real derby race unfold from a unique perspective.
Players can also customise and upgrade their horses to improve their performance.
In 2023, there’s no shortage of fantastic games available for fans of the races or simply horse enthusiasts.
All of the games mentioned are available for different platforms, PC, mobile and console, so you can pick the one that suits your taste and which device you have available.