Starters Orders 4 Horse Racing (flat edition)
By Strategic Designs Ltd.
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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.
What's New in Version 1.04
Bug fixes including crash fix.
This game crashes sporadically, even if everything else in your iPad is closed. For a $10 app, I've wasted several hours making progress in the game only to have it crash. Please, please fix this as it makes for a frustrating experience. The game is fun, but not when you have to constantly re-do everything (especially when you've had several winning races). Also, sort of unprofessional that you select to have the game display in dollars on the main screen yet there are still symbols for English pounds all over the game on your money. Seems sort of lazy on the developers part like they forgot to change everything.
Update "USA " version
Great game that needs to be updated for the American market. Examples:
Purse values do not need to be converted from/ to euros ( ky derby purse is $2 million not $3.2 million.
Saratoga and Delmar Only run races between mid July and early sept. stretches game credibility when you show races here in February.
2 yr olds do not run until at least April and do not run over 7f until at least August.
Incorporate "claiming" not selling races as an integral part of USA version. Claiming racing dominates the USA racing.
I realize that you are a British company and uk racing is your primary focus BUT you have a huge potential USA market that is being short changed in the "accuracy" of various aspects of the game. I am a purist when it comes to details and although I love the overall game I cringe at some of the inaccurate details.
Can you consider a " tote board" for betting rather than the " bookie" setup that currently is being used. USA bettors are used to seeing?
I give the game 3 stars in its current presentation.
I love the Starters Order games, currently have SO4 (iPad), SO5 (PC), & SO6 (PC). Would love to see something that would update the iPad version to the most recent. I understand about not having names for tracks or big races as it probably requires contracts and payment for the use of those names. I'd just like to see something updated on here.