Pippa Funnell Ranch Rescue

Pippa Funnell Ranch Rescue Review for Wii

On: Wii

Play as Lily and develop an amazing relationship with your horses in order to overthrow the Guiness clan's plans and save your ranch.

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8Out of 10
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It looks quite lovely
It looks quite lovely

It looks quite lovely

You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other reviews on VideoGamer.com. That's because we look at games clearly designed for younger gamers in a slightly different way to other games. We'll endeavour to tell you just what you need to know in a clear and concise way so you'll be confident it's the right purchase for whatever your situation.

What is it?
Pippa Funnell Ranch Rescue (also known as Horsez 2 in some territories) is half horse caring sim, half adventure game. Players will spend their time breaking in their horse, cleaning and grooming them, cleaning the stable and riding.

Outside of the ranch you ride your horse to move from location to location as you meet characters and complete objectives to move the story along.

Complexity
The game is split into three main sections: taking care of your horse, riding your horse and walking around on foot. All three use different control schemes but they're all simple to pick up.

All horse care is carried out by mainly using the Wii Remote to point at various things on the screen, be it to hose down a dirty horse or to pick dirt out of a horse hoof. Riding uses the Wii Remote and Nunchuck almost as if you're holding the reigns. Tilt both forwards and your horse will move forward, tilt the Nunchuck to the left and you'll turn left - it's very simple. Walking on foot is all done via the analogue stick on the Nunchuck.

Most of the characters in the game talk using on-screen text, but this is fairly simple and shouldn't be too complex for junior-school aged kids. All objectives are pointed to by an on-screen compass and a helpful map is only a button press away.

Suitability
For girls who love horses Ranch Rescue should fit the bill very well indeed. The mixture of adventure and caring is handled well and the challenge is never too great for the target audience.

The caring aspect of the game has a Nintendogs feel to it, so anyone accustomed to that kind of gameplay will feel right at home. Girls interested in horses will also be able to learn about some of the effort that goes into looking after horses and the chores involved.

Young girls will enjoy the riding aspects

Young girls will enjoy the riding aspects

Production value
Ranch Rescue has a very distinct look that could almost have come out of a pastel painting. The entire game is bathed in colour and some strong lighting that gives everything a warm glow. Characters are modelled quite basically, but the horses look good despite the odd stiff bit of animation.

An area that could disappoint is the game's slow frame rate. It's not usually something that I'd expect young kids to notice or care about, but at times the game really starts to chug.

Anything for adults?
Ranch Rescue could easily be played by adults but the gameplay isn't nearly enthralling enough to keep interest levels high. Having said that, if you love Nintendogs then this could offer the same kind of enjoyment.

VideoGamer.com's Verdict
For the primary school aged girl who loves horses, Pippa Funnell Ranch Rescue is perfect. It's bright and colourful, easy to play and features more than horse training and cleaning. We wouldn't recommend it for adults, but wannabe horse trainers will get a lot from this nicely made title.

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IceBluemoon56

I'v just done the championship competition and I went to see eddie and she just sent me off to the same thing :S Also I wanted to know if you can ever get into the van guinisses estate. help? xx
Posted 19:19 on 24 August 2010
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fatcat@ Me!

please help! every time i go to the horseshoes nothing happens i've treid everything!!!! if you have a anwser please let me know.
thanks
fatcat
Posted 23:04 on 07 August 2010
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josie1@ Liongirl

Try looking in the forest... thats where Grant lives and theres also a trainer and competition ground there. Always check your map. I've finished now, yaaaaaaaaaay
Posted 01:49 on 15 April 2010
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Liongirl

I'm stuck on the second local competition i've tried everything! I did the first competition show jumping with grants horse then i took my merens horse but the guy at the menage just makes me do the first local competition. some people told me to go a talk to grant but i can't find him. I've tried talking to the trainer (praire), uncle dylan and edie but there no help whatsoever can some one PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!
Posted 09:21 on 10 April 2010
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Liongirl@ liss

Have you done the second local competition?! if yes please can you tell me where to go to do it i've done the first one (show jumping) by taking the horse grant gave me then i tried taking my merens horse to the menage but he just makes me do the first local competition. i've tried talking to edie and uncle dylan their no help. some people tell me to talk to grant but i can't find him PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!
Posted 09:16 on 10 April 2010
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Liongirl@ pippafunnelmad

I can't find out where the second comp. is and if your on the hannova comp u must b past the second comp can u PLEASE PLEASE tell me where to go for the second local comp. i've done everything some people tell me to go and talk to Grant but i can't find him. and i've tried taking my Merens horse (breed) but that doesn't work and whenever i take my merens horse to the menage the guy just makes me do the one that grant's horse did (show jumping) and i've also gone to the trainer and edie and uncle dylan but their no help at all i've just given up! PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!
Posted 09:11 on 10 April 2010
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josie1

Does anyone know how to find your horse after being thrown of (snake incident) during the orienteering?? Helllllllllp
Posted 11:26 on 26 March 2010
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Lulu-Jeff

I got this for christmas in 2007 still haven't completed it but it is all the fun of the game. I strongly recomend this game. I always get stuck but after I leave it for a while I can play it without getting upset and annoyed but I always end up completing a level.
Posted 16:34 on 10 July 2009
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Horses123

Hi people x im confused and stuk. Can u help?x

Uncle is near the fence in the ranch and i dont no what to do next. , He says something like " To practice showjumping, just pick a horse". But i have completed all the showjumping levels that are not locked..(level 1 and two). How do i open the other levels and what do i do and were do i go next. PLEASE help :) xxx
Posted 20:27 on 09 April 2009
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Alice

I am really stuck.
I am at the bit where Edie has told me I can enter the international competion at the Pheonix, but I need to win 3 local competions. I have won both of the competions at the Forest, but where is the other competion? There is one at the Prarie, but it is for a different breed, and it says I've already done it. I've done it with a different horse, which is the breed it tells me to use, but it still says I haven't done it.
Posted 19:31 on 22 February 2009
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Laura

to rescue liam u hav 2 use the step ladder in the stall next to ur horse!
Posted 13:58 on 01 February 2009
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jodie

the 1st one is the p and 2nd is forist
Posted 15:35 on 25 January 2009
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jodie

i am stuck on the bit where you done the beach bit and i cant find the next tranning can anyone help plz
Posted 15:32 on 25 January 2009
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Stupid Girl

Lauren, i think you have to just go to the paire, beach and forests again, if this doesnt work then sorry, i havent played the game in ageds
Posted 12:18 on 25 January 2009
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Im stuck

i cant find 2nd comp where is it plz help me!
Posted 13:58 on 18 January 2009

Game Stats

Pippa Funnell Ranch Rescue
8
Out of 10
Pippa Funnell Ranch Rescue
  • Smart visuals
  • Fun animal care
  • Bright and colourful
  • A bad frame rate
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Release Date: 16/11/2007
Platform: Wii
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Adventure
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 1,159
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