A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about different breeds of horses and how to care for them, although the game is sometimes unrealistic -- such as when the horse rolls over onto its back like a puppy to have its belly scratched. With a story that explores rivalries, kids also learn the value of teamwork and friendship.
The game contains positive messages such as overcoming fear and insecurity, owning up to mistakes and bad behavior, and setting aside personal rivalries and jealousy to work as a team.
Positive Role Models
Characters aren't perfect but are seen to evolve and mature over time into team players who become more supportive of each other. A greedy banker set on repossessing the ranch is cast as the game's villain.
Ease of Play
The game is relatively easy to play, with gradually increasing difficulty. Controls involve a mix of stylus tapping and tilting the 3DS.
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.
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.
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