8 Lost Retro Barbie Games

8 Lost Retro Barbie Games

Fun and Interesting Barbie Games: From Dreaming to Spying


Barbie, the iconic toy line that started in 1959, ventured into various media including cartoons, books, and video games. While most of the Barbie games from the past have been forgotten, there are a few gems that deserve a second look. Let’s dive into the world of Barbie games and discover some surprisingly entertaining experiences.

8. Barbie (NES)

Barbie’s first foray into gaming came in 1991 with the NES release of “Barbie.” Unfortunately, the game turned out to be a nightmare instead of a dream. The graphics were weird, the controls were stiff, and the overall platforming experience was uninspired. It seems like Barbie’s gaming debut missed the mark.

7. Barbie: Super Model (SNES, Sega Genesis)


“Barbie: Super Model” released in 1993 for SNES and Sega Genesis tried to redeem Barbie’s gaming reputation. With a focus on fashion, the game had players navigating through slow traffic to modeling practice sessions. Although not groundbreaking, the mini-games added some depth to the overall experience.

6. Barbie: Explorer (PS1)


“Barbie: Explorer” took players on an adventure reminiscent of Crash Bandicoot, minus the intense challenges and enemy onslaught. While lacking a real challenge, this PS1 game provided an enjoyable runner-type experience. Surprisingly, the game’s visuals still hold up compared to other PS1 titles.

5. Secret Agent Barbie: Royal Jewels Mission (GBA)


In “Secret Agent Barbie: Royal Jewels Mission,” Barbie showed off her spy skills armed with fancy gadgets. From turning invisible to using smoke screens, Barbie’s espionage adventure on the Game Boy Advance had a solid gameplay loop. While not on par with “Metal Gear Solid,” it provided an enjoyable experience for Barbie fans.

4. Barbie: Groovy Games (GBA)


“Barbie: Groovy Games” offered a collection of mini-games for the GBA in 2002. While the games were simple, like tic-tac-toe and memory matching, they provided some entertainment, especially when played with friends. One standout mini-game involved creating a conga line and recruiting allies. The game’s two-pack release with “Secret Agent Barbie: Royal Jewels Mission” added value to the GBA’s late cycle.

3. Barbie: The Princess And The Pauper (GBA)


In 2004, “Barbie: The Princess and the Pauper” received a tie-in game for the GBA, developed by the renowned WayForward. The puzzle platformer adventure allowed players to control two princesses with unique abilities. The gameplay loop, reminiscent of classics like “The Lost Vikings” or “Trine,” made this licensed-based game surprisingly enjoyable.

2. Barbie And The Magic Of Pegasus (GBA)


“Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus” was another tie-in game for a straight-to-video CG movie. WayForward again handled the development, creating a more action-based adventure on the GBA. Armed with a magic wand, Barbie battled an evil wizard and turned the kingdom to stone. The game’s magical powers and upgrades added depth to the gameplay and kept players engaged.

1. Barbie Groom And Glam Pups (DS)


Barbie put her own spin on the popular Nintendogs concept with “Barbie Groom and Glam Pups” on the DS. Players could groom, feed, and dress up their virtual pets at Barbie’s pet grooming shop. Although not as robust as Nintendogs, the game offered a decent experience with visually appealing graphics for the handheld console.

These Barbie games, despite their ups and downs, showcased the potential for licensed-based games to provide enjoyable experiences. Whether it was exploring, modeling, or saving the kingdom, Barbie proved she could step up to the gaming world in her own unique way.

Original content from: GameRant