Wednesday, December 1, 2010

REAL GAMES - BARBIE: VACATION ADVENTURE

Next on my list is...fuck.  Another Barbie game?  How many of these things did they make?

Barbie: Vacation Adventure is another game based on the doll.  Hell, it's even made by the same people.  While this game does have some similarities with Barbie Super Model, I find that this is the superior Barbie game.  Wow, I never thought I would say that in my lifetime.  Anyway, the developers put a little more effort into it this time, but not much.

Again, we start off with no story at all.  Just a map of the US with 5 states to chose from.  We got Wyoming, Iowa, Florida, California, and the state I am currently residing - Texas. 

Everything really is bigger in Texas.

Controls are a complete waste, using only the D-Pad and a single button for every action in the game.  I really should keep count of how many Super Nintendo games only use one button.  Such a waste.

Audio is about the same as last time.  Decent songs being looped, and short stages to prevent them from becoming tedious.  Not a whole lot to say here.

Come on Barbie, Lets go party!  Ah ah ah yeah.  This song is now stuck in your head.  You're welcome.

The one thing that the developers did improve is the graphics.  Don't expect anything stellar, but it is much better than the previous Barbie entry.  It does, however, reverse the problem to some extent.  In the other Barbie game, the backgrounds were really good and Barbie looked horrible.  Here, Barbie looks really good, but the backgrounds become generic and boring.  I guess we can't have both.

Another vast improvement can be found in the gameplay.  Instead of stupid (and difficult) matching games, we are given horse riding, scuba diving, volley ball, and carnival games.  While some of these walk the fine line of challenging and annoying, they still provide more enjoyment than matching lipstick and eyeshadow colors.

So once again, I have to divide this games rating.  From a gamer's perspective, I will actually admit this game was fairly decent.  From the target audience, aka my daughter, we get a very similar rating.  "I liked it, it was better than the other one".  Therefore, it gets 2 and a half poor product placements out of 5.  Seriously.  They put the box art for the last game into this one.

Wow, and I thought the last ending was pointless.

47 comments:

Tal Zahn said... [Reply]

In reference to my comment in your other entry, I think the barbie game I played was for NES.

Barbie games were gaming developer's way to try and appeal to girls, I believe. There really wasn't much for them since almost everything coming out screamed boy, so they probably viewed toy sales, noticed barbie on top and targeted it as the girl game.

Meanwhile, girls who were friends of minewhen I was a kid preferred Mario and puzzle games. :P

IDDQD said... [Reply]

My sister played Mario too, Tal Zahn, thank dog! And NFS2 when she grew older.
Gaming for girls is kind of like dolls for boys; they try, but its rarely worth the effort.

Truth Finder said... [Reply]

my small sister had this game on my super nintendo, i remember her not ever turning it off because she liked the fact that the developers made a game for girls.

NooG said... [Reply]

you may have convinced me to actually try a barbie video game... i just need to find a snes and the actual game first :)

Wally J said... [Reply]

The original dolls are cool.

Leddi said... [Reply]

Cant get aqua out of my head. Thanks for that.

Also decent review man, but why are you putting yourself through these horrible games?

Buff Drinklots said... [Reply]

HELL YEAH BARBIE!

cooperlife said... [Reply]

shit, why did you have to remind of me of that stupid Aqua song.

caretaker said... [Reply]

song hhhhh

The Angry Vegetarian said... [Reply]

You had me at Barbie. Wait, huh?

MikeyB said... [Reply]

hahahaha... you are lovin barbie lately eh

Suciô Sanchez said... [Reply]

Klaus Barbie Adventures would be more fun.

Monster Madness said... [Reply]

Yay, Aqua. Great band ;)

whatshouldibuytoday said... [Reply]

Gotta say back in the day I never even heard of barbie games, but from the looks of it after reading it, perhaps it was a decent game... but me being a guy, and having no sisters, I doubt that even if it was the best game in the world at the time, I still wouldn't have come across it lol.

Guy Movie Blogger said... [Reply]

Whenever I feel like my day is going terribly wrong, I remember that somewhere out there, you are reviewing yet another shittastic generic NES game.

I commend you.

Come At Me Bro said... [Reply]

I'm a barbie girl in a barbie world!

Super Rehab Clinic said... [Reply]

You would be surprised how many they can pump out. Atleast it was better then the last though LOL by like what.. 1.5 points? xD also one thing about your review which is awesome none the less =P if you could put up which company made the games and all would be awesome =D

HTT said... [Reply]

awesome game !

SpringyB said... [Reply]

Aw sweet thanks, I love that song!

It's weird to see it get a decent rating.

Classically Trained Nub said... [Reply]

@Tal Zahn Actually, your last comment was correct. That was the game you were thinking of.

Classically Trained Nub said... [Reply]

@Super Rehab Clinic I do list the companies, just not in the reviews. You can browse by developers or genre in the labels section to the right. Hope that helps.

Gurney said... [Reply]

another game i hated my sister renting

kwile said... [Reply]

haha kids love that song. Followed.

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icequeen100 said... [Reply]

Oh God. Man I am so sorry you had to submit yourself to a Barbie game. Way to take one for the team. :)

Hip-Hop Hikikomori said... [Reply]

I wonder. Did these games even sell?

thenitefalls said... [Reply]

No more barbie games anymore lol

Yakoi said... [Reply]

^^ Barbie is just on the PC now, trust me our daughter is all about games that drive Classically and I insane. Great review and <3 Aqua AH AH AH YEAH! That song is soooo dirty lol <3

Das Auto! said... [Reply]

this is hilarious, i bet you're sick of barbie games. this is the last one, right?

Major.Mack said... [Reply]

Barbie sucks :)

Colin B said... [Reply]

Wooooooooo, +1 for texas :D

Zombie said... [Reply]

I didnt even know they had barbie games to begin with! O.o

David Davidson said... [Reply]

You had me with the first pic

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S said... [Reply]

Not another Barbie game :P

Shimizu said... [Reply]

lol i can't believe you didn't gave up in the barbie games!
nothing can stop you now.. i guess...

Justsayin' said... [Reply]

Aren't you glad your in the B's. I don't know if I could sit and play Barbie games your stronger than I lol.

Longkid said... [Reply]

Man I really gotta play some of these games.

ThatGuy said... [Reply]

These last few reviews must have been painful.

Habadasher99 said... [Reply]

lol. Barbie games make me laugh.

A Hermit said... [Reply]

Having the ability to play through barbie games automatically makes you hardcore.

HTT said... [Reply]

more barbie reviews !!

me said... [Reply]

I wouldn't post too many Jenn Sterger pictures. I heard when Brett Favre visits your blog, not only does he refuse to leave, he contributes nothing but inane comments about his dick.

Anonfourtwenty said... [Reply]

Whats up with the barbie games recently?

Astra said... [Reply]

barbie games are terri-bad

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