I've been playing it, and it is very addicting and very fun!
The solitaire/horse racing idea seems shallow, but it's really quite engaging. I haven't even gotten to the horse breeding aspect of the game yet, and I already feel like I've gotten my money's worth.
Additionally, it's pretty surprising that Game Freak is the developer because the localization is written in a fun way, and even got a few chuckles from me - unlike a certain pocketed monster franchise's vanilla and sleep-inducing dialogue.
If you're into puzzlers, looking for a game you can play in short bursts, or simply enjoy having fun, you owe it to yourself to check this game out. It's seriously, seriously great.
I played through the demo, which is surprisingly lengthy for the demo. Is it just me, or is this game really difficult? I feel like it expects you to have its systems mastered by the second race, as you pretty much need to be perfect to win from there. Or am I missing something obvious...? Then again, I did get the feeling I wasn't supposed to win every race, but still, pretty weird introduction.
@DrFinkelstein I think it's only 6.99 usd, pretty fair price. I've put about 15 hours in already, and I'm now breeding better horses in hopes of winning all the cups. You're not expected to win every race, you're gonna lose a lot. But when you win the G1 cups it's quite rewarding cause it requires a full understanding of all the mechanics.... And a little luck.
I'm kind of getting fed up with making minimal to no progress with my recent horses. Can't seem to produce anything viable to get those remaining cups. I know you're supposed to breed horses with similar peak times and trophy wins but it's not working out for me currently.