One Unpleasant Horse

A product of an in-house contest at PopCap games, where programmers were assigned to create a game from a random word jumble of sorts, “Unpleasant Horse” is a fine example of a weird concept meeting simple old-school gameplay in a concoction that undeniably works.

Bloody, colorful and fun, this title, in spite of a sheer lack of depth, is one of the best free games currently available on the iPad.

With no clear end to the gameplay, “Unpleasant Horse” has a lot in common with classic games such as “Donkey Kong” and “Pac-Man,” but thanks to a premise that has you drag flying horses into meat grinders, those comparisons go out the window rather quickly. At this same time, it would be hard not to think of another classic game, “Super Mario 3,” while your flying through the air, from cloud to cloud, in hunt of those pretty little horses.

For those still terribly confused, the object of the game is simple- as an adorable, yet evil black horse with wings, kill birds to gain the ability to jump and then use those jumps to stay in the air in order to catch pretty white horses. Once you’ve got them, drag them to their death into the meat grinders below.

Yes, it’s one of the most eccentric games ever created, but the gameplay is easy to grasp and the fact that it’s free makes it one game that belongs on your iPad.

Equally addicting, if you plan your jumps properly, you can play this title for much more than a few minutes, which makes it an ideal diversion on a bus or train, or even during commercial during your favorite television show. Add in some cool rock tunes and this game has a lot more polish than could have ever been expected.

The bottom line- if you grew up watching “Mr. Ed” and have an affinity for wild horses, this isn’t the game for you. However, if you enjoy retro gameplay and have a sense of humor, you can’t go wrong with “Unpleasant Horse.”

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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