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Induction Certificate Number:   74020110617-503
Induction Date:   June 17, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Perfect Stride
MSRP:   $24.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.perfectstride.net
Rating: 

Perfect Stride

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  06/17/2011

Perfect Stride is an exciting horse-themed card game for 2 - 4 players ages 8 and up. Players are riders who partner up with a horse of their choosing for a high-speed race across the countryside over a hidden course of jumps.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Board Games 2010 Consumer 8 years + Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Creative Agenda FunFactor™ Game Structure Marketability Narrative Progression Response Level
5 5 5 4.5 5 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                        





image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 



Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
(Not Applicable)



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

  ALT
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
6 54367 22888 3 Labeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
U.S.A.WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD!! - Contains small part. Not for children under age 4.

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

Image of some of the colorful event cards from Perfect Stride. Just imagine if you will for a moment, expertly galloping across a diverse landscape toward an imposing jump. You launch into a spectacular leap up and over flawlessly on your champion horse ...Perfect Stride brings this experience to you!

Players are "riders" who as the creators of this game put it, "select a horse of their choosing for a high-speed race across the countryside over a hidden course of jumps." Everyone is racing to the finish line, collecting ribbons along the way with each successful jump. The rider with the most ribbon points wins the game.

For those who want to just get to the point in a snap with a simple summary of the game, then this paragraph is for you.  In Perfect Stride, the players play the role of a horse jockey in a competitive obstacle course that you must ride your horse through.  The course has multiple difficulties that can range from a bug in your mouth to perhaps an awkward approach to a jump.  The difficulties are variable in difficulty.  The bottom line is the first one to reach the Finish Line wins!

Perfect Stride comes with a colorful manual that is easy to read with the same colorful and exciting design as you see on the game box. Everybody has a thing about winning awards. Perfect Stride gives you an opportunity to charge forward with your greatest skills to obtain loads of ribbon awards while learning how to develop forward thinking strategies.
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Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

Let's get more into what Perfect Stride is all about.  One of the first things I will point out is that this is no slap-happy sit down and play game.  If you enjoy being challenged, then Perfect Stride is waiting for you! 

The game structure is designed to be constantly changing. This is a key element of the game that contributes substantially to the return on investment and marketability of the game. With a game constantly changing with each game you play, players retain a stronger interest in long-term Play.  The more they play, the more they learn and the greater the level of skill development on multiple levels.

A collage image of the Finish Line card, the Perfect Stride box, and a horse figure rushing to the finish line..

Perfect Stride holds 169 playing cards and one blue "Leader Token".  The learning curve is far from short yet we found that in both consumer hands-on evaluation and our in-house staff evaluation, the game has the right elements to influence a stronger desire to play it.  You know the old saying, "Patience has its rewards?"  Well, Perfect Stride is a perfect example that substantiates that statement.  We found that even people who are generally quite impatient, they were more than willing to wait, learn, and play with a competitive ferocity!

One of the most notable features of the game is how that it requires a player to put their thinking caps on.  Although it's only natural to maintain a priority of winning the game, the game is designed so that it influences simple and advanced logic usage. Making assumptions of probabilities, keeping track of numbers and using hem to each a goal; these are all common activities with players regardless of whether they are adult or child.

Altogether, this is a game that provides the challenge and need for focus as in chess, yet retaining the essence of fun within the boundaries of the game play.  While I could get more into the details of exactly how the game is played and so many other details, I have chosen to leave that for the Perfect Slide web site where you can buy the game.

In the sections to follow, you will see Perfect Stride from the perspectives of credentialed independent evaluators as well as consumers.  Ready to continue?

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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


PRODUCT | ONLINE SERVICE
Perfect Stride

TARGET AGE GROUP:
NUMBER OF PLAYERS:
LEARNING CURVE:
GAME PLAY TIME:

8 Years +
2-4
Medium to Long
"Average" 48 minutes
Overall Rating Average: 5 Star Rating Image





This Week's Independent Evaluators

Doctor of Behavioral Study, Ph.D.
Director of ECD Learning Development


"The learning experience with Perfect Stride is quite good. The game is well structured, full of bright colors, and possessing unique features that create a stimulus that ensures a strong response. Players are prompted to identify, strategies, use math skills and learn, not just play a game."

"The game provided an equal platform of interest upon which all players have a common interest and familiarity, the horses and winning. For some players one certain horse will be their favorite, while for others, they will exercise multiple selectivity for comparative analysis.  The game creates an influence which causes the players to be eagerly awaiting to see what was going to happen next. The response levels with all of the children and adults in my study was so strong and with no discourse occurring in any manner."

"This game demonstrates clear evidence of being well structured with a solid balance of math, reading, and memory skills with strong impulses of focus on a common goal of winning, yet acquiring an emotional attachment to the characters of the game.  This will ensure repetitive use of the game developing strong inter-personal skills with peers. The game creates a desire for a player to share their experience with others, encouraging a stronger group social play occurrence repeatedly.  A strong development of multiple developmental skills are a common fruit of experience with this game."


Professor of Behavioral Response Studies, Ph.D. MEd.
Chief of Recreational Therapy and Behavioral Study

"Perfect Stride is what I consider an invaluable tool for repetitive creative imagination development and thought. The game encourages the players to release their creative minds into a realm of soothing comfort and fun, where new excitement and worlds of imagination coexist with competitive nature."

"This game is a perfect instrument to help people of all ages to begin to discover the enjoyment of social interaction and tapping into their creative thinking skills.  For others, the game re-awakens a level of trust and comfort in psycho-social interaction and self confidence which may have been substantially reduced over the years."

"Perfect Stride encourages a strong level of self-worth and appreciation, re-enforcing the spirit of good and kindness which will last a lifetime. It is a masterpiece of a game that carries a strong influence on cognitive development for all ages."

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* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member, division of, or Epiphany Communications itself.



Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

Perfect Stride proved to be a bit more of a challenge than most products we bring to our consumer hands-on evaluation events.  We had plenty of people eager to play Perfect Stride so that wasn't the challenge. 

Considering the learning curve and design of the game, we have chosen to provide you a video from Fun League Game, the creators of this game, to help you get a more visual definition of what the game is all about.  (See the video to the left.)

The average period of time with the consumers playing a game ranged from 41-65 minutes, depending upon multiple factors.  The interesting point for the consumers was how they had a different game each time which caused them to have to created new winning strategies.  One gent though he was the king of game play until the second time around playing Perfect Stride.  The other players got a bit of a chuckle out of that.

Altogether, Perfect Stride was one of the top 3 card games out of 9 that the consumers saw as their favorites.  Following careful study of feedback forms and our own report data, it was clearly established that Perfect Stride passed this evaluation category.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings". To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

Creative Agenda: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

* Creative Agenda - The Creative Agenda of a player represents what the player hopes to achieve by way of exploration in their game experience.

Perfect Stride pulled through with shining colors in this category for Creative Agenda The creative agenda produced in game play with Perfect Stride encourages development of strategic planning and development, forward memory recall development and executive cognitive functioning in learning. The game holds a very strong influence in players developing a specific agenda to reach their goals with progressive strategy development and improvement. Perfect Stride unquestionably pulled its weight from what we witnessed with consumers and in our evaluation analysis  Perfect Stride comes in with a screaming perfect score of [5] stars for Creative Agenda.


funFactor™: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 5 gold  stars

funFactor™ was ever present in the active game play with Perfect Stride.  There was a wide range of emotions being displayed by the players but this was by far the highest of all.

In reviewing all of our videotapes of Perfect Stride during all phases of its evaluation, it was established that the level of funFactor™ was well beyond measure needed to grab the brass ring. Perfect Stride came in the gate with a perfect score of "5" stars in this category for funFactor™.


Game Structure: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

The learning curve was somewhat longer than many people have a preference for yet it still maintained the full attention and strong level of anticipation waiting to finally get the game on.

The narrative progression of Perfect Stride is such that a player is driven to continue, to compete, and most important to many, have fun doing it. The structure of the game maintains the attention of the player while at the same time stimulating the player's desire to come back for more whether they win or lose the game which played a vital role in the rating for this category.  Perfect Stride dropped in with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for Game Structure.

Marketability: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Perfect Stride did well in the evaluation category for Marketability.  There were so many different evaluation categories that Perfect Stride pulled perfect scores in that influence the final scoring with Marketability.  The only weak link overall visual appeal.  The visual appeal of the instruction book and cards was not at its full possible level that would secure it well in this category. With several folks from a resort style retirement home in Florida, there were issues with the text on the cards and the manual to be a little straining for them.

Perfect Stride fell short by just a half a digit with a score of [4.5] Stars for Marketability.


Narrative Progression: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

Narrative progression is a different kind of creature to take into consideration when evaluating a product. It is a vital part of the design structure of a game design. With Perfect Stride, a smooth transition in the narrative or flow of the game was well maintained. To make this more simply put, Taking on the challenge of maintaining the attention of the player while at the same time delivering content which will inspire a player's desire to come back for more was well established.

Perfect Stride creates a smooth progression of challenge combined with strategic development, while encouraging the player to develop their own narration to develop and grow in their level of play and learning simultaneously. Perfect Stride pulls a perfect score of [5] Stars in the evaluation category for Narrative Progression.

Response Level: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

In reviewing all segments of our evaluation process available on videotapes, Perfect Stride was quite successful in drawing a strong response from all players on a consistent basis. Despite the role playing as a jockey competing on an obstacle course, the interest level as well as response remained strong with progressive growth.

Just as some our prior new inductees that were games, part of the reason for this is that every time a player begins their game play, they are creating an entirely new narrative for their play, never having the same experience twice! Perfect Stride strolls in the door with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for Response Level.


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