Bella Sara is a trading card game with online interaction and is published internationally by Seattle-based game company Hidden City Games. The cards are marketed toward girls and have images of illustrated horses and friends with positive, inspirational messages on them. As with all collectible card games, cards can be traded or used to play games. Each card also includes a unique activation code which can be used to play online at the cards' website.
Each card contains a code that unlocks a virtual version of that horse at www.bellasara.com where kids can find horse jumping and riding games, puzzles, coloring books, interactive storybooks, customizable cottages, and much more. Cards activated also give kids horseshoes to buy items in the bazaar or unlock extra game features.
Bella Sara cards are currently available in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Australia and South Africa, Mexico with more countries planned for 2008.
Since its international debut, Bella Sara has received awards from numerous child development and parenting authorities, including the "Toy of the Year '08" and the “Seal of Excellence” from Creative Child magazine, “Seal of Approval” from the National Parenting Center, the “Excellent Product” and “Outstanding Product” designations from iParenting Media, and “Best Products” award from Dr. Toy.
All about the Bella Sara game... There are three main types of Bella Sara horses and all the horses fall under one of the following categories: Air, Land, and Water. Each horse has its own card with its own message, like “You can climb huge mountains if you choose your paths wisely,” or “Start each day with a happy thought,” Once girls create a free account at www.bellasara.com, they can type in the codes on the cards and that horse will appear in their online stable. They can groom and feed their horses and put fresh hay in the stalls, using the mouse. The Bella Sara online world is full of fantastic places to explore; features such as games, puzzles, quizzes, and storybooks can be enjoyed besides caring for the horses. By playing horsey games such as “Magic Bubble Wand” and “Cloud Jumper,” girls can earn awards and horseshoes, the currency in the Bella Sara world. Horseshoes are also earned by activating cards. They can be traded at the Bazaar for items for the cottage, like animals, furniture, decorations, “wonders” (such as a magic carpet or fire for the fireplace), toys, and even extra rooms. Much more is planned for the future.
Other Bella Sara licensed products include; Codemaster DS & PC Game,Simply Fun Treasure Trot, Harper Collins Stories and Activity, Books, Masterpieces Activities, Ultra Pro portfolios, and other international product lines.