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Rival Stars Horse Racing

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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All-ages horse racing sim is hardly the sport of kings.

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Ease of Play

While the racing sections use simple touch controls, the rest of the game can be complicated.

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Consumerism

Players can purchase materials, horses, and other items for your stables, or they can earn them through playing, though the latter takes more time.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rival Stars Horse Racing is a horse racing simulation for iOS and Android devices. While you do breed horses for your stables, the act of breeding is never shown. Players can also try to use swearing for animal names or conversation, but the game censors words as "****" whenever they appear in the dialog.  Players use in-game currency to buy horses, their stalls, the materials needed to build stalls, train horses without waiting, and to run horses in races. This currency can be bought or won through racing. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In RIVAL STARS HORSE RACING, you play as the the son and grandson of famous jockeys. By becoming a great jockey in your own right, you hope to not only make a name for yourself, but also redeem your family name. To do this, you have to run races as well as manage a horse racing team and the stables where the horses live. You'll also need to breed horses together to create the next generation of horses to keep your family's business successful and thriving for the future.

Is it any good?

While The Kentucky Derby has been called "the most exciting two minutes in sports," this horse racing simulation is so much about everything but the racing that it ends up being rather dull. In Rival Stars Horse Racing, you play as the latest in a long line of jockeys, one trying to make a name for yourself in the sport, while also redeeming the family name. To do this, you not only have to win horse races, but also have to breed the horses, train them, and perform other acts that are part of raising racing horses and managing a horse racing team.

Unfortunately, it's those other parts that make this less interesting than it could be. You spend so much of your time training the horses, building stables, and so on, and so little of your time actually racing (relatively speaking) that this feels more like busy work than a game. Though it also doesn't help that, after a while, the racing feels redundant as well. Sure, you have to steer, sprint when you need more speed, and even slow down to restore your sprinting meter, but if you've run one race, you've run them all. Which is why, unless you're really into horses or horse racing or animal husbandry, Rival Stars Horse Racing isn't that exciting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about managing your money. Does it make sense to spend money on Rival Stars Horse Racing's currency if you can earn this currency by playing? Similarly, does it make sense to spend this currency to train your horses faster when you could just wait?

  • In Rival Stars Horse Racing, the horses are treated well, but that's not always the case in this sport, so do you think the game does a good job of showing why horses deserve to be treated fairly and humanely?

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