Ride with Barbie in four different scenarios
This game is made for little girls that still dream about having the lifestyle of this doll. If you are above eight years old than you won’t like it. You begin your adventure in the Secret Valley, where Barbie is with her friends. To start you only can choose between two outfits for your character, but to compensate you can pick one of the four horse breeds available. Each one of them has a different personality that Barbie will tell you about while you choose, and then you can pick one of the names available – like Princess, Muffin or Blaze. Actually they are quite funny names. In the Tack area you can saddle your horse, give it food and groom it. Unfortunately the grooming part is a little poor because you only can wash and dry it and then brush the main and tail, and this isn’t very interesting because there isn’t any animation and you just move the utensils around. Other than this, in the Tack you just have the Bulletin Board where you choose where you want to take a ride. There are four options, each one with the possibility to ride during the day and by night. The scenarios that you have available are a forest, a mountain, a beach and a meadow. When you are riding in this trail, you’ll find several “mini-games” along the way. This includes interacting with several animals or doing activities like puzzles or catching fireflies. In every trail there’s also an obstacle course or a race. And you also have a main objective that Barbie tells you about in the begging of the game... You must search for a secret hidden ranch!
Unfortunately the interaction with the animals is basically just selecting them and listen what sound they make and the gameplay isn’t also very interesting because the horse rides by itself and you just need to increase or decrease the speed, diverge from the obstacles and jump. The landscape is also a bit disappointing, it’s too static and nothing moves except the horses head that is the only thing you see the entire game. Although this is interesting because we see our horse in the exact way that we would see if we were riding it in the real life.
Despite being a really simple and easy game, it’s great for little girls that are now starting to learn how to use videogames and that love Barbie and videogames.