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Spirit Riding Free Trick Challenge

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Horse-riding TV tie-in is a decent one-trick pony.

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In this age of "free-to-play" games, full of in-app purchases, subscriptions, ads, and other monetization methods, it's surprising to find a game that's well and truly free. Of course, it becomes a lot more understandable when you realize that Spirit Riding Free Trick Challenge is actually just one big interactive advertisement for a kids' animated series. The game's based on the DreamWorks and Netflix animated series Spirit Free Riding, and it makes sure that you know it, plastering its "Now Streaming" logo on the home screen. That's not to say there isn't more to the app than just advertising, but you shouldn't expect any kind of rich gaming experience either.

The main gist of the gameplay is pretty simple. Players spend time practicing the motions for different horse-riding tricks that definitely should never be tried at home. These include doing cartwheels on the back of the horse and jumping through rings of fire, all things that would likely have animal activists in an uproar. Still, the controls are relatively easy, with the bulk of the difficulty being in memorizing the patterns required for each trick. After mastering a set of tricks, players put that memory to the test by creating custom performances that chain tricks together, but give players none of the onscreen prompts to execute those tricks. While it can be entertaining initially, the game gets repetitive quickly. Plus, there's a surprising lack of content considering the source material. Players only train and perform in one area and none of the show's supporting cast ever makes an appearance. As a result, serious fans of the Spirit show will love this app, but casual viewers will probably move on to a different app after a little while.

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