Barbie was one of the few games solely marketed towards girls during the NES’ lifetime, and it, much like the doll herself, treats little girls as if they were already vapid airheads.
You control Barbie in her dreams about the mall, the beach, and the soda shop. Eventually, you meet Ken at a party and dance the night away. Barbie is fairly helpless to defend herself, but she does have a crystal that allows animals in the level to help her. These animals sometimes take down enemies and even help you defeat certain bosses.
This novel feature aside, Barbie controls like a manatee. While she doesn’t need to do much besides jump and throw crystals at animals, would it have hurt the developers to give her some grace? Enemies are your standard “high heels” and “fountain fish” fare.
Barbie would still be phoned-in crap, even if the Barbie character and all her accessories were replaced by, say, Master Higgins and his animal friends. A true insult to girls who play games.
PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Imagineering
GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: 12/1991 – (US), 1992 – (EU)