Game play with Barbie is not limited to Barbie dolls. Today, girls can play computer games with Barbie online, on Macs and PCs and on home and portable computer gaming consoles. Barbie computer games simulate real life adventures, teach math and letter skills and are sometimes just good, plain fun.
In "Barbie's Gem Splash," Barbie swims the ocean in search of fashion accessories, while outswimming sharks, avoiding whirlpools and winning printable treasures. This games is suitable for young players because the arrow keys are the only controls. Capture five accessories, like crowns and jewels, to win. "Barbie's Garden Game" lets players plant a magical garden to earn Eco-Points. Three levels -- easy, medium and hard -- ensure players of all ages enjoy this game. Little gardeners dig holes, tend plants and protect their gardens from a puppy who wants nothing more than to dig up the flowers. Winners are rewarded with a replica of their garden, which can be used as desktop wallpaper. "Barbie's Word Search" is a virtual word search. Players search for words based on the places, items and characters from the movie, "Barbie as the Island Princess." While the game has three levels of play, players must be independent readers to enjoy this word search.
Barbie Games for the PC and Mac
Younger players, ages 4 to 6, may enjoy "Kelly Club Pet Parade." The game features Barbie's little sister Kelly and her friends, who take care of their pets and decorate floats for the big parade. Players can also play in the mini arcade when they are not taking part in parade preparations. "Barbie:Secret Agent" places players in a hunt for a mysterious fashion thief. Players go undercover with Barbie in search of clues left in cities around the world. This game is suitable for independent readers with a bit of patience for longer game play.
Computer Games that Teach
Barbie's "Check Up" teaches kids about proper growth and healthy eating. Players can also pump a virtual shygnomanometer to take a blood pressure reading. "Sugar Bug Blast" teaches the importance of healthy teeth and "Potty Race" helps budding babysitters understand the importance of potty training in a fun way.
Computer Gaming Consoles
Barbie offers suites of games for at-home gaming consoles like the Wii and PS2 and also for portable game systems like the Nintendo DS and PSP. Real life simulators, like "Barbie's Horse Adventures" and "Barbie Fashion Show: An Eye for Style" let players ride horses through trails and over obstacles and then put on a fabulous fashion show. In addition to these games, Barbie creators also have adventure games to go along with Barbie movies like "Barbie and the Three Musketeers" and "Barbie and the Twelve Dancing Princesses."
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