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Pippa Funnell: The Golden Stirrup Challenge (Windows)

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Description

Pippa Funnell: The Golden Stirrup Challenge is a single player adventure game based on horse riding.

There's a back story to this game which revolves around rivalry between riding schools, the well funded Beechwood Academy which has used its financial muscle buy out smaller schools and the Sycamore Academy in Tuscany, Italy run by Jade and Patrick. There's also another story arc involving hidden treasure.

The game starts with Flora arriving at The Sycamores, she makes quite an entrance by crashing her scooter in the animated introduction and has to be rescued as the first act in the game. Once she's installed at the school the player sets up her timetable with training activities, and free time which can be either personal or on the horse farm caring for her horse. It's in the personal free time that Flora hunts for the treasure by exploring, talking to people, and reading books in the library.

As the game develops Flora's training in the disciplines of Dressage, Show jumping and Cross-country progresses and, as in a real school, her progress is monitored by weekly tests. Good results in these tests are essential if Flora's to enter the competitions in Italy, Alsace and China, hopefully defeating all comers and bringing honour and prestige to The Sycamores.
The control system for these events differs. In the Dressage, for example, the horse canters around the arena on autopilot. Scrolling across the top of the screen is a display bar showing the correct key sequence and it is the player's job to hit the appropriate arrow keys as its symbol passes the central target.
Show Jumping involves steering the horse and rider around a course following line of pink arrows and making the jump when in the take-off zone at a time when the horse's mood is 'in harmony'. Cross country is very similar but there's no line to follow, just keep to the track.

As with other games of this type the player has to learn about and care for a horse, in this game it's a foal that must be groomed and trained.

The game is played via the keyboard though a mouse is used in the menu screens, action keys can be redefined.

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Pippa Funnell: The Golden Stirrup Challenge Windows The player has three attempts to find Flora at the start of the game, if they fail it's Game Over
Pippa Funnell: The Golden Stirrup Challenge Windows This is the horse selection screen in the Training section. Initially only the horse colour can be changed, other options have to be earned.
Pippa Funnell: The Golden Stirrup Challenge Windows The Training option from the main menu allows the player to select an event and a venue. Initially it is limited to the base location in Tuscany and can be played, hot-seat style by three players.
Pippa Funnell: The Golden Stirrup Challenge Windows This is displayed after the company logos and before the main title screen. Real horses are much more complex and less forgiving than the ones in the game

Alternate Titles

  • "Alexanrda Ledermann 7: Le Défi de l'Etrier d'Or" -- French title

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piltdown_man (70795) added Pippa Funnell: The Golden Stirrup Challenge (Windows) on Jan 18, 2014