The No.1. Horse racing management game finally comes to the iPad!
*** STOP PRESS - APP OF THE DAY on Pocket-Lint.com (2nd June 2011) "both editions (of Starters Orders 4) are superb, in-depth management simulations, the like of which rare on the casual gaming-heavy App Store" ***
Train, own, race, breed and bet on your own string of race horses. Target all the big world-wide races in an open ended, unlimited play game world. Flat and Jumps racing editions available.
UK, US, Irish and Australian game modes!
Starters Orders 4 has long been the No.1. PC horse racing management game and has recieved rave reviews from both the racing and gaming press (PC reviews):
"Where Starters Orders scores over other racing games past and present is in the level of accuracy in the underlying game world." - RACING POST.
"It's hard to find fault with Starters Orders 4 and Strategic Designs deserve racing fans' support for developing such an excellent game." - RACING AHEAD (monthly horse racing magazine).
"If the prospect of raising and racing a cavalcade of horses interests you then Starters Orders 4 wins the roses!" - OUT OF EIGHT GAMES REVIEWS.
"A photo-finish at a big purse meet can get you screaming at your monitor every bit as much as watching the Grand National on TV!" - IT REVIEWS.
Just a few STARTERS ORDERS 4 FEATURES:
*Play in a vast horse racing world with thousands of horses and hundreds of computer controlled Jockeys and Trainers.
*Relatic races and Jockey AI. Watch as the jockeys settle their mounts and jockey for position before driving their horses for the finish.
*Relaistic betting and dynamic odds with Ante-post and racecourse betting.
*Fields of up to 30 runners.
*Hundreds of realistic feature races to target including the Derby, Breeders cup, Melbourne cup and many, many more.
*Improve your stable by purchasing add-ons and evaluate your horses by running them on your home gallops.
*Realistic races including Maidens, Claimers, Sellers, Handicaps, Group races, Listed races etc.
*Hundreds of world-wide race courses.
*Realistic form analysis with in-depth form book to study and realistic race cards on race day.
*Injuries, stewards enquiries, disqualifications, non-triers etc. etc.
Bug fixes including crash fix.
Ratings and Reviews
Let down by stability and interface problems
I love the idea of this game and when it works it is pretty good fun. It is let down by problems navigating some of the in game menus. Scroll bars are fiddly to use on iPad and I imagine impossible on an iPhone. The game often crashes, for example on my two hour train journey to work it will crash most days. Having said that the game is fun could be brilliant just remember to save often and if possible use a stylus to overcome fiddly scroll bars.
It could have been good
Inexcusable bugs for a relatively expensive game. When auctioning horses the game doesn't seem to register reserve prices or just won't credit the money to your account, as such it's very easy to run out of money and end up with no horses. Additionally the game is very poorly designed, apparently this is the iPad version of a PC game, they should have made sure their iPad game worked properly before selling, very slopping when you're charging people £6 a pop!
Annoyed I can't get my money back.
Want to like it but...
Not designed at all for iPad, basic functionality like finger scrolling is not there which makes it hard to engage with.
A redesign with tablet usability front of mind would make it a killer, but without that it is hard to engage with if you've never played PC version.
Given the above its way too expensive.
- Strategic Designs Ltd
- 31.6 MB
- Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling
- © Strategic Designs Ltd.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.