Barbie (1984 video game)

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Barbie
BarbieBoxShotC64.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s)A. Eddy Goldfarb & Assoc.[1]
Publisher(s)
Composer(s)Bob Vieira[1][2]
SeriesBarbie
Platform(s)Commodore 64[3]
Release
Genre(s)2D action[1]
Mode(s)Single-player[4]

Barbie is a Commodore 64 computer game from 1984 that allows players to participate in the life of the famous fashion doll of the same name.

Gameplay[edit]

Barbie is calling her boyfriend Ken at 1 o'clock in the afternoon to go out on a date.

Players must talk to their boyfriend Ken (using a real voice audio soundtrack) in addition to driving a yellow convertible around town, trying out swimming outfits (both one-piece and two-piece swimsuits can be used) in addition to dresses and shoes.[5] Options for dates include either a dinner out on the town or a relaxing day at the beach.[5] An incorrect combination of clothing will force Barbie to skip the date sequence and work her way towards the next objective while a correct combination will allow players to see Barbie and her date in a photograph of the event.[5]

Reception[edit]

Reviewing the game for Run Magazine, Marilyn Annucci gave it a score of C (the middle of 5 possible scores, which the magazine describes as "Good"), complimenting it's detailed graphics and "unusually realistic sound", she was highly critical of the programs "many sexist elements" including how much of the game was built around playing to the whims of Ken. She also thought that children would quickly tire of the "unimpressive" gameplay.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  2. ^ "Composer information". GB64.com. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  3. ^ Canavan, Kathryn (November 12, 1984). "High-Tech Barbie doll to debut for Christmas". The News Journal. p. 30. Retrieved December 21, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "# of players information". Retro Games Database. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  5. ^ a b c "Basic game overview". MobyGames. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  6. ^ a b Annucci, Marilyn (August 1985). "Barbie: Change Her Cloths, Hairstyle and Shoes, And Listen to Her Talk". Run. No. 20. p. 14.