Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp
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Play as Barbie as you train, ride, and jump, while participating in challenges that will help you perfect the skills of owning and caring for your horse. Showcase your abilities in the camp's final week and take home the blue ribbon!
- Amazon Sales Rank: #3532 in Video Games
- Brand: ACTIVISION
- Model: 047875756953
- Published on: 2008-10
- Released on: 2008-10-21
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .59" h x 5.40" w x 7.55" l, 1.20 pounds
- Barbie as a role-playing game - Take the role of Barbie at Riding Camp; develop riding skills, perform a variety of horse care tasks, explore and go on adventures!
- Quest-based gameplay in an open world - Enjoy the freedom to explore the entire island, compete in time-trials and challenges, earn trophies, medals and ribbons for outstanding performances
- Customization - clothes and accessories are unlocked as you complete quests
- 15 different horses to ride - each with their very own personalities, unique qualities and individual skill sets
Okay Game but a Little Confusing
This Christmas we decided to buy a Nintendo Wii game system and wanted to purchase a Wii game for each of our children. Our daughter is 5 years old and loves horses. After reading reviews on different horse games, I decided that most would be too hard for her. At the time, I couldn't find a review for the Barbie Horse Adventures, but took a chance anyway and purchased the game for her.
The game starts with Barbie arriving at Riding Camp which has lots of storm damage. She is instructed to pick out some riding clothes and a horse. Afterwards, she is shown how to care for her horse by feeding it and grooming it. This is all easy to follow but somewhat time consuming. Next, the riding instructor gives Barbie her first adventure, to ride around the arena in a timed race. From here, the player finds adventures such as riding events, storm clean-up events, and horse care events. At the completion of each adventure, camp credit is given for purchasing riding clothes and horse gear. You also earn awards for riding events.
Some things about the game were very intuitive and easy for my daughter to pick up. Controlling the horse isn't too bad although my daughter tends to over steer with the Wii remote but I blame that on "operator error". My reasons for giving the game an "Okay" rating is the confusion of finding your way around the island for the adventures. The map is hard to read on the screen and I found myself going back to the game paper insert for help. There are signposts occasionally but they are hard to read when you are riding past them on a horse. I have found that I need to play the game prior to my daughter playing it so that I can help her navigate and pick adventures that she will want to do. That said, it took me a couple of times of play to find our next adventure at the Racetrack. Another downfall of the game is relying on vocal instructions during game play to tell you about different items. For the first few days of playing the game, a virtual cell phone would ring. We had no idea of how to answer it. During one game, we happened to go a route and the instructions for cell phone use popped up as a helpful hint. We found that the cell phone was very important to the game (including how to exit the game) yet we hadn't known how to access it for the first few times we played.
After several hours of play, I think that I can navigate fine through the game but my 5 year old would rather take care of the horses and ride throughout the pastures and not take on the adventures. She does seem to enjoy the game now but it has taken her a while to warm-up to it. In some ways, Barbie Horse Adventure: Riding Camp is like the PC software game, Let's Ride which my daughter loves to play. I think that my daughter does better with the Let's Ride game but of course there is more riding interaction with the Wii controller than with a PC mouse.
I believe this game is for a 6 to 8 year old. Some of the adventures were quite easy and would likely bore someone older than 5 or 6. I think someone much older would find the whole game on the dull side.
'A purchase I wish I hadn't made
We have a wii and the 7 year old never uses it. Most of the games are too fast, too confusing, or too frustrating for her. This game was her pick, and she is still very excited about it. However, after about 4 hours of play (half with her father and half with me), I'm ready to hang myself. As another reviewer has pointed out, the directions are fairly unclear and the map very hard to read and follow. The controls can be frustrating - even for me. The directions are very little help. My daughter would like to earn ribbons that would let her ride another horse, but how this is accomplished is not addressed in the directions. The directions also tell me that the cell phone is useful for a number of different functions, but unless someone calls, the cell phone doesn't seem to be available. Already, she seems to simply be riding her horse all over the fields and trails but not doing anything to actually play the game. I can't imagine that any child could use this game without parental assistance. Overall, a frustrating ride through the brush and into a tree.
Great for ages 5+
This game is a good game. I can see it getting old if you have finished the "assignments". It really is very easy but I think you might need to be 5+ to play without frustration. You basically just ride around and ask your instructor what to do. Hell give you assignments like "run this trail" or "go find the water to water your horse". But my 5 year old probably would give it a 7 out of 10 stars and I think its decent.