I’m not entirely sure why the obsession with horses is a peculiar one to girls. Horse riding has traditionally been a very male orientated skill, but for whatever reason, it’s big with girls now and Fifi is no exception. Fifi has done pony riding in the past, loves to read books about ponies (and magical ponies, for those times that ponies alone aren’t enough) but what she hasn’t managed to do until now is play much in the way of pony video games.
Enter then Star Stable. Star Stable is whats called a MMORG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). If you think you’ve never heard of MMORGs before, if you’ve heard of World of Warcraft, then you actually have. Basically in a MMORG most of the other characters in the game are actually players like you, rather than computer controlled characters.
Star Stable is initially free to play up to level 4, and then after that you have to pay to continue. Most MMORGs charge a monthly fee and whilst you can do that with Stable Stars, there is an option to pay a one off fee of £49.99 at the moment (until 6 April) for life-time membership. Whilst this is good value in terms of this sort of game, if the company went out of business tomorrow you probably wouldn’t get a refund. Fortunately though it looks like the company behind Stable Stars knows what it is doing because the game is now in it’s third year and growing strongly. In fact Star Stable is the fastest growing horse game in the world. It has over 4 million users and counting, is played in 182 countries and has been translated into over 10 languages.
There are a few benefits over just playing games too:
- Learning social skills and building solid relationships by chatting with friends, and taking part in player-created riding clubs.
- Problem solving by facing challenges in a world that is constantly changing and expanding.
- Developing a sense of responsibility, from the financial management of virtual currency ‘Star Coins’ to caring for their own horses.
- Star Stable encourages reading and engagement with fiction: The Star Stable story is now 248,000 words long and gets bigger every week!
The in game chat is also moderated and they don’t advertise any third party stuff either. Fifi is currently enjoying the free to play early levels, and she is having a whale of a time horsing about!