What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Riding Stables 3D: Jumping for the Team is a simulation wherein players care for a stable of horses and compete in horse-jumping tournaments. The game's message is ultimately positive, as characters overcome jealousy and competitive rivalries to work as a team. Nintendo discourages kids under age 6 from viewing 3-D graphics, but the 3DS's 3-D graphics can be turned off with a slider and by using the device's parental controls.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
Appeals to preteen girls by letting them customize a horse and stable but misses the mark with no avatar dress-up options. Riding tasks are varied and fun, but some of the menial tasks, such as horse massages, quickly become tedious.
A hands-on approach makes kids responsible for grooming, feeding, training, and riding. Tasks level up and get more difficult. There are both boy and girl rider characters, but a player doesn't get to choose a character's sex or appearance.
Kids receive brief instructions for each task, but these can be a bit vague. Thankfully, players are free to attempt a task as many times as they need to without penalty to achieve a passing grade.
What's it about?
The story revolves around a young female horse rider who returns to the stable after a bad fall and works hard to get her confidence back. She also helps rescue the ranch from the brink of bankruptcy. MY RIDING STABLES 3D: JUMPING FOR THE TEAM is part pet sim and part sports game: players care for horses in the stables by grooming them, giving them food and water, and playing with them, but they also take them onto the track to practice agility and obedience games, jumping, target shooting, and other activities before attempting the \"real thing\" in tournaments.
Is it any good?
My Riding Stables 3D: Jumping for the Team is a fun title that lets players care for and ride not only their own customized horse but several other animals belonging to other characters. Some of the activities feel tedious -- you massage the horse by dragging the stylus along its body for almost a full minute -- but others, such as target shooting on horseback by tilting the 3DS, feel fresh and challenging. Players must earn a certain grade on each activity to advance the story, but they can retry as many times as it takes to get something right. A story rife with intrigue and rivalries as well as plenty of things to unlock make this a great choice for horse fans.