Ever since I was little, I’ve dreamed of exploring a brand new world, untouched by bipeds, a place I could journey across and marvel at every new sight. I have also thought it could be nice if there were people there too, yet not so many that I couldn’t have my alone-time. Horse Isle 3: Infinite Wilds helps scratch that itch and gives me as much to explore as I could want!
Infinite Wilds is designed to be appealing to all ages and unlike my other great love (Star Wars: The Old Republic) has absolutely no violence. The really interesting part is that nearly all content is player created. Towns, ranches, horse breeding farms, crafted items, and competitions are all dreamed up by the players, who start with a fresh new world to do with as they please.
Want tack for your horse? Well, you can buy it from other players or you can make it yourself – and then dye it with colors made from things you pick out in the wild. Want to ride? Buy one from a player – or catch one yourself. The system of genetics is fascinating. You can stake a claim on land in the game and build a huge ranch, or own a club and help contribute the prosperity of your own small town. You can join clubs to have your own stores, set up shop as a merchant, a horse breeder, a craftsman, or what have you. You can also choose to train your horses really well and compete with them in various competitions. Did I mention each horse is unique with various stats and personality traits, and almost infinite color combinations?
So, what about people like me, who might like to spend time with people sometimes, but
crave exploration? Well, there will always be room for exploration because the world is one MILLION kilometers across! That’s 621,371.192 miles, enough distance that to cross the map, you’d have to walk around the circumference of the Earth almost 25 times. Big enough for you? Well, it’s big enough for me! So even if thousands of people were exploring all at the same time we’d all have room to build, or harvest, or roam as we saw fit. A certain amount of instantaneous travel keeps the world from being too large.
There are multiple ways to explore too. You can walk, ride, use a kayak, swim, and there are plans for sailboats and hang gliders. There is so much to see, too. Everything from mesa studded deserts to vast dunes to sunny beaches to alpine forests to a mushroom and flower festooned Wonderland. The horses found in each area, or Biome, will tend to be adapted to that area as well.
Because the map is so huge, the game installs onto your PC but doesn’t take up an inordinate amount of space. Right now the game is in Beta and only Windows players with 64 bit systems are being accepted, though there will be more systems supported later.
Because I love the game THAT much, I’m going to post various hints and tips for other people like me who want to get a good start. They can all be found here and I’ll be cross-linking my posts when I make a new one. I’ll be exploring the different Biomes and posting various tips on how to do well.
Come on! Join the adventure!
(Note: I make no money out of this. I write about this game out of love, and though I am a Beta tester, I didn’t make the game.)