For a good change of pace, instead of bombarding us with multiple choice questions, the latest FarmVillefree Farm Cash offer allows you to run a quick horse race. Aside from that, you'll be watching the trailer of Disney's Secretariat, a film billed as "The Impossible True Story" of an American horse who aced all three races of the Triple Crown in 1973.
It's cute that Zynga actually took the time to set this up. The sight of the familiar FarmVille horses and jockeys done in the the FarmVille style is pretty gratifying. It definitely makes me wonder if horse-racing will be the theme of Zynga's new fall game. (Facebook had a brief period of horse husbandry games, such as Ubisoft's Horse Gaga, but they didn't take off as people hoped.) The promo has you select a horse, choose something to feed it with, pick a jockey to ride it, and then let 'em race.
Though the artwork is nice prior to the race itself, the racing animation is pretty lame and incredibly crude. There's also no sound. But the concept itself is nifty, and your horse isn't guaranteed to win, so at least they didn't chicken out by taking the randomness factor out of it.
It's also pretty hilarious that if you're first place, the 'game' says your horse won! But if your horse came in third, it just says "Your horse came in third!", instead of "Sorry, it lost!", or "I'm sorry your horse sucks!"
Well, it was nice to see the Disney and Zynga marketing folks try something new. I hope you enjoy your 2 free Farm Cash!