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.
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.
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.