Barbie Mermaid Adventure CD-ROM



Barbie adventure swims in a sea of mediocrity.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Barbie software has no objectionable content, but it has few activities.

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's it about?

In BARBIE MERMAID ADVENTURE CD-ROM, Barbie is hosting a magical celebration. Unfortunately, the glimmering rainbow shell that was to provide the lighting for the celebration has faded. Players help Barbie explore three underwater areas to find the three magical dolphins who can relight the rainbow shell.

Players will find routine mazes, a game of Pong, a match-the-pattern game, and an uninspired logic activity about rocking baby fish to sleep. They will collect gems and shells to decorate jewelry and a performance stage. They can arrange a song by placing cute instrument-wielding marine animals in an order that they find pleasing.

Is it any good?


Barbie Mermaid Adventure CD-ROM is loaded with purple and pink graphics and is sugary sweet, but it isn't very challenging for girls over 6. And while it's fun to see Barbie depicted as a mermaid, the games and activities presented in the software are ho-hum at best.

While the activities do increase in difficulty the more they are played, they are never very challenging and are most appropriate for girls ages 4 and 5. This belongs in the mundane bin of girls' software.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the activities and setting. Which did you enjoy more -- the activities or the novelty of seeing Barbie as a mermaid?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Vivendi Universal Games
Release date:May 19, 2004
ESRB rating:E

This review of Barbie Mermaid Adventure CD-ROM was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 3 year old Written bychasity2009 February 27, 2009

i laughed

its good for kids
Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bydamjana777 December 27, 2008


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide