Barbie Horse Adventures
Barbie Horse Adventures is not just one game, but a whole series! There are a ton of Barbie games out there and this is actually its own series within that! The version we are looking at today is for the Game Boy Advance and it is actually known as, Barbie Horse Adventures: Blue Ribbon Race. This was actually the first game in this sub-series of Barbie games.
Barbie Loves Her Animals
There is a tiny bit of story in Barbie Horse Adventures: Blue Ribbon Race and it does enough to keep you motivated. The idea is that Barbie is taking part in the Primrose Hill Charity Cup where she hopes to win in order to help the adopted horses, she is taking care of. You can collect horses, new outfits and images of horses as you play.
The Tony Hawk Of Barbie Games
For me, the best comparison to Barbie Horse Adventures: Blue Ribbon Race is the Game Boy Advance Tony Hawk games! While this is a rather odd comparison, the isometric view that this game has and the fact that some of the trail levels are objective-based does make it feel like a Tony Hawk game. As well as the trial levels, you will also be taking part in actual races as well. These are actually a lot of fun to do and can lead to you unlocking some mini-games that you can mess around with. The mini-games are Horseshoes, Shoe Shuffle, Maze Valley and Happy Trails. These serve as a nice distraction from the races and the trails. Which is a good thing as there are only four trials and four racecourses in the game so these mini-games do pad the game out.
Roll Up Your Sleeves
Considering that Barbie Horse Adventures: Blue Ribbon Race is a game that is aimed at children, it can actually take a while to get the hang of the game’s controls. The viewpoint can make getting around obstacles and some of the jumps a frustrating experience when you first start playing the game. For me, this is the kind of game that requires you spend quite a bit of time with it in order to get the controls down.
The worst part of the game for me is when you have to get off your horse. You may think that this will lead to some kind of platforming, but that is not the case. Barbie has to get off the horse to “lead” it over bridges that she cannot ride over. This really brings the game to a halt and is a very annoying gameplay mechanic.
In all Barbie Horse Adventures: Blue Ribbon Race is not a bad game at all. I am sure younger Barbie fans would have a lot of fun with this game. However, in order to do so, they will have to get to grips with the game's controls which do take a bit of time to get used to. There are plenty of costumes for Barbie and costumes for the horse to collect so I am sure kids will love that.
- It has a kind of GBA Tony Hawk vibe to it
- Plenty of things to collect
- The trails and races are different from each other
- The mini-games do add some variety to the gameplay
- As far as the presentation goes, it is not bad at all
- The controls take a while to get the hang of
- Leading your horse sucks!
Download Barbie Horse Adventures
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP