Barbie Horse Adventures: Mystery Ride - PC

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  • Select the right horse, and keep her happy with good feeding & grooming
  • Head out on horseback to explore forest trails, a prairie town and desert caves in search of clues
  • Jump off the horse & go on foot, seeking clues and solving puzzles as you explore the woods
  • Mix & match outfits to create the perfect riding gear

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Ride through lushly detailed challenging areas with Barbie and her friends in this fun equestrian adventure.

Review

You can't quite afford that $10,000 show pony your daughter's pining for? This new game may be the next best thing. By using the arrow keys, you steer Barbie through five beautiful trails, winding through deserts, forests, caves and waterfalls. Barbie, a seasoned equestrian since Barb's Riding Club (4.5 stars, Jan '99 CSR) must solve a mystery of a prized horse that has disappeared. In order to crack the case, you must complete puzzles found in the train depot (move ramps to sort falling fruit), the riverside (fix a boat by matching shape outlines), or the prairie town (match lock combinations, and then play a bejeweled-style matching game. Riding activities include trotting, herding and jumping, feeding and grooming, and it is possible to dress Barbie and your horse. On the downside, there are some clunky aspects to the game play. For example, you can't ride Barbie off-trail, and she'll only dismount at certain places. All things considered, however, there's good replay value in the games, and a map makes it easy to jump from place to place to keep kids engaged. Combine those elements with the engaging logic puzzles and beautiful graphics, and this title is well worth the purchase. By Blue Monkey Studios. (Note that similar games are available on the game consoles).Copyright © 2001 Children's Software Revue -- From Children's Software Revue® -- "Subscribe Now!"

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ASIN B00008OE7R
Release date September 23, 2003
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4.0 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 5.6 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
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I gave this game to my Barbie-loving, horse-obsessed daughters *last* Christmas and it is still their favorite game. They love "riding around the ranch" looking for Lucky, the missing horse. They had a little bit of trouble moving Barbie and her horse around at first (especially with the jumps) but they caught on quickly once I showed them how to do it. They *really* enjoy picking out Barbie's riding outfit, selecting which horse to ride (including the mane, tail and saddle colors) and feeding and grooming the horses.

This is a fun game with lots of variety in the possible activities. Barbie can ride in a ring or around the ranch on trails, you can look for clues to Lucky's disappearance (stolen by a horse thief!) or solve puzzles. My daughters (ages 6 and 4 years old) adore this game and wish that there was a sequel to it!
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For young girls (6-10) just starting with an interest in "Mystery" games, this would be fun and entertaining. Small challenges - not too difficult, but skill-building for younger - make this interesting, but are too easy for more advanced game players. The graphics are okay, even though a bit stiff and cartoonish. Horse-loving girls will enjoy "selecting" their mount (including coat and mane color) and the opportunity to groom, feed and ride. You also get to choose Barbie's outfit and the style/color of your saddle and bridle.

My main criticism is that the game time was too short, but for beginners or younger children, this could actually be a plus.
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This is the first computer game that my 4 year old daughter ever played and she can't get enough of it. There is a place to change how Barbie is dressed and even a place to "design" your own horse. My daughter had a little trouble figuring out how to use the arrow keys to navigate but after a couple of days of watching me she can do it on her own. She still needs some help when Barbie has to use the slingshot because it requires pressing and releasing the mouse button at a certain point. I don't really mind helping her because there are some things in this game that even an adult will find entertaining. I highly recommend this game for girls from 4 to 8 years old. The younger kids will need a little help and the older kids won't stay interested as long but it is a great game.
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A Kid's Review on December 26, 2005
My mom got this for my sister for Christmas, and right away she wanted to play it. My mom got it, thinking that I could help her, since I LOVE horses. (I don't just love them, I LOVE LOVE them!) Riding through the trails, leaping over jumps, it's all good, but it was kinda easy. Okay, here's my reveiw:

THE RANCH: I liked herding the calves the best

THE FOREST: I personally liked herding the goats the best. The campsite is kind of boring, and so is the flower mill.

PRAIRIE TOWN: I liked this second best. Nestled in the canyons, Prairie town has only a few stores. I like the General store, because you get to herd the chicks back into their crate first. Other than that, the other things are okay.

DESERT GARDENS: I liked this too, because you get to race against a girl on a pretty grey/white horse! But that's all I like about it.

And at the end, Teresa, Lucky's owner, gives Barbie a special surprise; Luckys tiny foal! Although you can't ride her, you can brush her, feed her, and visit her anytime you'd like. You don't get to name her, so my sister and I called her Lucky Bellamey, Bell for short. After that, you can just ride around and have fun. I guess I think this game is more good than bad, but that might be because I LOVE LOVE horses!
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My 4-1/2 year old got this for Christmas and she just loves it--so do I! It is quite cute with many mysteries to solve, it gives great early computer experience and has several games within. Of course it has the Barbie clothing changes, horse color changes etc. that add that fun Barbie touch that girls love. I thought the horse was very realistic, she gets on and off and jumps too! Great introduction and fun for the early "gamer"!
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A Kid's Review on September 6, 2005
I really like this game. I love changing Barbie's outfit(Different every time) and the horse's colors(also different every time). A show horse named Lucky is stolen just before the big race! My favorite part is the desert gardens. Below are the things you do on each trail.

FOREST TRAIL: First you have to go to the campsite and use a metal detector to find a clue. On the third try you will find a horseshoe and will have to see if any of the prints match the shoe. Then you'll go to the treehouse and herd some goats into a pen. Then you will pick up some scaps of paper and put them together. Then you go to the old flour mill and knock the rocks out of the way to lower the brige. Then inside the mill you need to move groups of two or more flour bags that match. If you move enough flour bags, you'll find an important clue.

PRAIRIE TOWN: The first store I always vist is the flower shop, but you don't have to. You have to click on matching boucect of flowers. Then you have to put the flowers on the winners bouckect. Next I vist the antque shop, where you have to match up pairs of jewelry(simmalar to flour game). At the bottem you'll find a watch with red hearts that turn to open the watch. When you open the watch, You'll find another clue. Then I vist the general store, where the owner needs help sorting things. You need to turn the chutes to guide the falling fruit into the corect barrels. When you are done, the owner will show you another clue.

DESERT GARDENS: This is my favoet trail, and I'm not going to spiol the suprise.

AFTERWARD...: Now you have to find out who the theif was useing the clues. Then you have to decorate the winners area useing Bonus Bags found on the trail. When you play a game, you win Bonus Bags, and if you play a game again, you get extra. I highly recomend this! ~Russian Blue Witch
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