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age 8+

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age 9+

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age 9+

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age 10+

They just want money!!!

PAY ATTENTION TO THE WHOLE THING AND SHARE IT WITH EVERYBODY SO STAR STABLE KNOWS!! Star stable was perfect, with a good storyline and great things, but now this game is horrible, this cares more about the shareholders than the customers. They just get horses out so you buy star coins and they can do more money. They say there is no quest team, we have had so many different storylines... now star stable has got so many things that just involve having to pay!! We got 1 big storyline that people like, and that was when they started. Star stable doesn't know their own characters...in one of their videos star stable, when they were updating Lisa, they asked themself's WHO IS LISA??? It's your own game, you should know!!! People start to say that star stable looks like Fortnite, and it's true, the NPC's look like Fortnite skins, and when they updated the soul riders, and all the characters, they didn't stick to what they were in the storyline. One of the characters was a rich 16-year-old girl, and know she looks like a 30-year-old motorcyclist. There are several bugs and star stable bans you if you report them. There are people saying that they bought star coins and they payed but no starcoins were added to the account. There are people that lost their horses and things like that. Star stable is telling us to be patient with the quest, but we have been patient for the past 10 years. They don't even care for us, just for the money, that is why they just add horses and not quests. TO STOP THAT STOP BUYING STARCOINS AND EVERYTHING WILL BE NORMAL AGAIN!!! I think this game will be shutting down in a few years...

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age 9+

Was fun, now it's not

5 -7+ years ago I would have recommended sso to anyone who likes horses. Now I won't. I've been playing since late 2013, early 2014, and over the years I feel like the team behind star stable have become lazy. Prices for star coins are high and double star coin weekend comes once a month, unless they decide to not release it, like they did in October, the new horse models are disappointing, petty and immature teens can be found in probably every server, and don't get me started on clubs or you'll be going through an entire rant. There are also ways to get around the chat system to swear, and on the topic of the new chat filter, role playing is much more difficult as even a simple bio or rp entry is gone in a matter of seconds, replaced with "your message was not approved". The game isn't as fun as it used to be, and is not a game I would recommend anymore.

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age 4+

The better horse MMORPG ? More like the ONLY horse MMORPG.

First I want to precise that I joined SSO in 2012. It's not a critique written after two weeks of playing in a free account, I'm a lifetime rider since early 2013, I took time to discover what they had to offer and observe the evolution of the product. And you'll be surprised to learn that SSO was a better game in 2012 than in 2021. Ironic isn't it ? What is SSO ? A massively multiplayer online role-playing game revolving around two themes: horse riding and saving the world of Jorvik from evil forces with your sorority. Yes, sorority. Because when people want to give a more neutral image for horse games, SSO dig deep into the little girl theme and simply REFUSE males characters. Either you play a girl, either you can't play. Where's the inclusivity ? ( because inclusivity is their favorite topic, they put a large range of LGBTQ+ characters, which isn't a problem if they have a good backstory or a role in the game, but here it's more to say "look at what we added, we are so nice ! Give us likes if you agree !" than for anything else, they use trends a lot but to make money, not to give a positive message and teach tolerance to their players) Oh, they use "they" instead of "she" and give you short haircuts or neutral clothing. But you're still have to be a girl as they constantly remind you that it's a sorority. Speaking of your sorority, well... You won't see them often. Because there's not a lot of quests in that game, but really not. And most of the time you will be like a secondary character, unable to to anything more than watching the other characters doing stupid things, or saying stupid things. You simply don't have any influence or real choice to make. And you can't fight monsters so... How are you supposed to stop the evil ones ? Well, nobody knows as we still don't have enough quests since the release of the game and that they don't have a dedicated team for creating quests, always putting them on other projects. ( interview on themanequest ) . They don't even care to keep their lore consistent and modify it every time, like their secondary antagonists the dark riders who are totally different from the start of the game and their initial look. So basically if you don't have quests to do after a time ( and a very short one sadly, it took me around a year while playing few days a week as the quests are short and you don't have to redo it, it's so simple that you simply can't fail. ) ? You have few "exciting" choices: either you go on the social side and try to meet people but you'll notice that the chat is so censored that you barely can speak, or that there's a lot of rude and brainless people on the game, bullying is common and lot of players are just creating drama for the pleasure. Role playing is popular but have the same problems. Only remain racing and oh boy ! The racing system is awful ! It took them YEARS to try to do something to stop cheaters and I'm pretty sure they will manage to find a glitch to use again. The races are very similar and simple, presenting no challenge at all. Same for the championships, be aware that despite all the breeds supposed to have the same speed, some of them will be faster like the gen 2 pintabian. Not very professional but it's SSO, it's not the worst part to be honest. Now let's talk about the customer service, don't expect them to be concerned or efficient, you'll be disappointed. Their replies are copy-paste ones and most of the time don't even reply to your question. Good luck if you have a payment problem. And they will try to make you the guilt one. You can find lot of testimonies on youtube from other players. I experimented myself troubles with the game and they never helped me in any way despite all my attempts to contact them. If you have young or impressionable children, don't let them spending too much time on the social media because the main specialty of SSO and their ambassadors & hardcore fans is to make you believe that they are your best friend, they manipulate you to make you think that all their own mistakes a good thing and thay you need to be "patient and grateful" for having nothing to do except using your credit card for another pixel horse. And will make you guilt trip each time you dare to express yourself, will say that if you're not happy to can quit the game. Just keep in mind that it's not a team of amateurs, it's a company, and not a small one. To sum up SSO is: -expensive -empty -the community is mostly problematic and toxic -the customer service a living hell -the gameplay is archaic and boring -the amount of quests is ridiculously small -too easy after 8 yo -constantly push you to buy with real money -making money on minorities while pretending to care about them -don't have a consistent lore I suggest you to check at the youtube channels of Rattle and Ginny O to have a more detailed vision of what I just tried to explain. Just don't spend any money on that game, it's not worth it. But you can enjoy it as a free game and wait for star rider codes, which happen rather often.

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Easy to play/use
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age 10+

Beautiful but Lacking

I've played Star Stable since I was 14 years old, so about 7 years now. I'm almost level 21 in the game and can say I'm a bit disappointed with the direction the game went. The graphics of the environment, horses, and accessories have improved a lot and I'm very impressed. However, StarStable has barely made any effort to improve game play such as racing mechanics, story missions, and there are loose ends all over the game. It's very obvious to me and a lot of other players that SratStable is more focused on making money than tending to the game and it's players. New horses used to be a rare and special occasion, now new horses are released every month and it's gotten old really fast. There's not much to look forward to anymore other than getting a new horse and racing with it for a day or two and getting bored of it very quickly. Older players are wanting something more deep and worth investing their time in rather than spending their money every month just to get bored again shortly after. StarStable has a hard time listening to their players. So if you're new to the game and all you care about is the horses and don't mind dumping your money on the game every month, then this is the game for you.

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Too much consumerism
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age 8+

AHHHHH WITCHCRAFT

Now to be honest the title is just a joke, but seriously the amount of people who think that a lighthearted game is trying to turn your child into a "devil worshipper" is just completely ridiculous. This game is all about learning to ride a horse and fight evil, no, there are no "satanic undertones". I promise you completely, your child isn't going to be summoning demons using star stable. If your child IS summoning demons using star stable, then you need to wake up, because you are very clearly dreaming.
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age 9+

An average game with tons of negatives

Hey! I am a 18-yo girl which has been playing this game for 9 years and grew up with it. I have seen the game going downfall and here are some arguments for you why you should or shouldn't get this game for your child (or yourself) - please read positives AND negatives: + POSITIVES + Nice world and pretty horses The world is one of the best thing and exploring and riding around is neat. No complains here, expect for the outdated / badly matching graphics on some areas. The horses are pretty most of the time too. + A big amount of interesting quests The quests are mostly okay (BUT can contain some disturbing stuff, writing about this in the negatives too*) and getting introduced to the characters is great, the game contains a lot of educational and interesting storylines. + Frequent seasonal events & updates The seasonal events (Halloween, Midsummer...) are mostly the best thing in the game. There are updates every Wednesday which add new stuff to the game (which is usually just new stuff to buy rather than gameplay/story assets, but go figure - new features are great, but they don't come out that frequently). + Nice people if you are able to find friends and drama-free environments (can be hard) + A nice learning experience Offers a chance to learn horse-related things in English & other languages (!!some smaller languages have translations which look like they have been done with google translate or they haven't just put enough thought to it to make it more clear to follow - translations can be pretty cringe!!). There's also the ingame currencies (but the economy is structured badly) and you can learn about friendships, relationships, dealing with pressure etc. - NEGATIVES - High prices and bad in-game economy, especially compared to the increasing amount of “DLC” In-game buyable currency Star Coins (SC) is badly included in the game compared to the in-game earn-able currency Jorvik Shillings (JS) (there is no frequent pattern like 10sc = 1000js, the prices are messed up). In addition compared to the stuff Star Stable releases each year (around 60 horses + all kinds of buyables from pets and saddlebags to clothes and gear for your character and horse) the SC prices are high and the weekly allowance (100sc -> in a year around 5400sc when a new horse costs 600-990sc, new pets +100sc, new sets (clothes+gear) +500sc - you can buy clothes & gear with JS most of the time, but there is a JS limit of 10 000 so you can't even save that, the most expensive items are 10k JS/+100sc) you get with Star Rider isn't anywhere near enough to keep up with the updating schedule and new stuff coming out. !!If you choose to buy SC, wait for a double sc deal - not worth it without that - Addictive fear of missing out (FOMO) This comes from the updating schedule, adding new clothes/gear/pets and horses addicts people to buy things, because you just gotta get the most shiny new object. Yes, this doesn't definitely happen to everyone (you should ask people how much they have spent on this game though), it's a horse game for kids with "great" values to get you buying stuff and bringing in more money. - Bad (passive aggressive and unhelpful) customer service The customer service is most of the time incompetent of helping out - they use automatic messages to answer people. It doesn't help with payment problems, just saying, changing emails is hard and when you're reporting a bug and provide a picture of it, the customer service will ask for a picture. Just for a warning here, you mostly have to push the customer service hard if you want to get something out of it and even after that it won't probably leave you satisfied. - Quests and minigames do end and can turn out to be boring after a while SSO has multiple unfinished questlines, you can't replay things. In the end when you're finished everything (from a few months to a few years depending how actively you play) you are dependent on the weekly updates - and with the schedule with things like the main quests (around 1-3 quest parts (lasting 30min-1h)/a year) you can be waiting for a really long time. Also, you'll be playing the same minigames and daily quests, some for multiple months - when you're done with everything, all you're stuck with is training your horses. - Lack of diversity in gameplay, mechanics and social aspects -> lack of actual horsegaming The game is just unfinished in terms of riding - it lacks things like dressage (leg yield...) and even basic riding mechanics are lacking and aren't enough for difficulty of some (really few) of the races. Also, the game doesn't have much social aspects - you can do the same things by yourself + there's the chat and clubs. - Lack of inclusion in settings The settings are lacking and some of the things you have to restart ALWAYS when you open the game because they don't save your preferences. - Lack of safety in-game* Star Stable Online is NOT SAFE for your child. The chat enables bullying and extremely disturbing (for example, sexual) words and other offensive talk - while it's not (mostly) straightly allowed, of course kids find tons of ways to go around the filter (and as the filter is so bad in general talking, people move to other platforms like Discord - please remember that not even SSO is keeping your kid safe on these other platforms and keep an eye on their SSO gaming). The quests also contain some disturbing stuff (for example: major character dea*h, difficult childhood, bad mental state, scary cutscenes (halloween), shipwreck...) and while your kid might not understand all of this, there are NO warnings before disturbing cutscenes or dialogue (expect for a spider quest). The game also touches on many supernatural things like witches, ghosts and vampires so use with caution. - Over 10 years old engine with lots of problems - causes gamebreaking bugs and glitches The game is broken on many levels. You can encounter basic bugs in your everyday gaming, but there are many gamebreaking bugs (you can't continue) especially in older quests - new stuff in game breaks old stuff, and for example some older horses gaits are broken. - Lack of guidance and help and messed up story order Platforms like Reddit give better answers in questions regarding the game than SSO theirselves on their pages. Their in-game help, customer service and articles in their website are all lacking and don't contain enough (or give wrong) information. The messed up story order (they have moved and changed the past quests) doesn't help the amount of quests and not all quests leading to different areas are main quests, so you have to do extra research. - The management team doesn’t care They focus actively on revenue, not so much on improving the game. You'd think when they have money to put on to things like music, merch, toys, and other games their game would be better (all of these negatives are pop up in the community often and they are fixable if they just wanted to do that) but no, improving the actual gameplay and story isn't their main priority, it's just making money. Do you want to support a broken game? You can decide for yourself but I can say that the game has so many flaws and as their future plan is NOT to update their old engine, I wouldn't touch it. I hope you can find another better horse game than this.

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Educational value
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1 person found this helpful.
age 9+

WARNING: Addictive

The game is designed to enrapture children with beautiful graphics and lots of expensive add-ons that are very hard for kids to resist. Some activities in the game can't be paused, and it is focused on maintaining control of the child's attention for the goal of making money. I wish the designers would be more balanced between making money and creating something good for children.

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Too much consumerism
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age 18+

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age 18+

Too much of a cash grab with the SC (Star Coins)

I recently started playing this game, and with a small start to it I already noticed the game flaws. The game starts out, free till Level 5, where you can stay in the starter area and have some limitations. Now in my experience, in the first 5 levels, its all back and forward talking quests with an exception and tutorial, doesn't give you the best feel or experience of the game. This almost pushes you to get a month sub at least to try it out. I did this (as an adult isn't a big deal to try something for like 5 pounds, i can cancel if I don't like it) but for children its kind of a limitation, especially if they ask parents for it and then lose interest and don't actually like it. Now after this, i proceeded to play a bit more, exploring and questing, and basically begging to see what i can do with the game with races etc later on (first races etc are very easy but i found them fun anyway). Eventually i reach the first 'Town' area since the starter location, looks like it has shops and horses for sale. As someone interested in owning loads of horses i went to check the prices of the ones i liked, thinking i could save towards a price and work towards a horse i want next whilst training mine. I was wrong. Horses are ONLY purchased with Star Coins, which are only obtainable with REAL money. This takes away the entire purpose for me, and i guess others too. What do i grind and work towards? Nothing. Want to train your horse to get money from competitions? Sure, but you can barely buy anything in this game with the Free Money, only SCoins. Even down to a HAIRCUT is all Star Coins. A pet? Star Coins. Boots? Star Coins. Everything is real money. With the monthly sub, you do get 100 SC a week (included with the sub) which is 400 or so a month. Sounds good, i ride my horse a few weeks and get a new one next month? Nah. Most horses will take at least 2 months to get, but at that point may as well just not play and wait weeks cause you cant grind towards it. And if you want a special horse event, well may as well hope you knew a few months in advance to it so you can actually have star coins saved for it (or just spend like 10-20 pounds for it). Now I didn't read the chat much. My only experience was another player coming to me when i started offering help (about how to play, the story etc), however other reviews state a lot of petty childish bullying which could hurt a young players feelings. Also heard some things go sexual, so be very careful. All in all, children may enjoy it but be careful, and if they want to play years to come then get them the lifetime choice, however if you're a bit older, want constant grind and purpose, and non repetitive content, you just can't. The whole purpose and achievement of the same just isn't there like most MMOs.

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Too much consumerism
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age 8+

Star Stable is way too expensive

My kids like the game so what can I say other than the cost of star coins is ridiculous. Start Stable is constantly releasing new stuff and even as a star rider which I did purchase for my kids it's expensive. My kids also play Fortnite and Roblox, and they are nowhere near as expensive as this game. In my honest opinion keep your kids away from this money pit.