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The Barbie Diaries: High School Mystery (GBA)

By Anise Hollingshead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Not Barbie's best; play the PC game instead.

Game Game Boy Advance 2006
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At first glance, this appears to be a promising game for young girls, as it stars Barbie in a high school setting with a mystery to solve and Mini games to break up the adventure along the way. But the initial promise never quite delivers and the game never rises above the ordinary. It's basically an adventure, but Barbie does very little sleuthing. There are lots of characters standing around, but there is no meaningful interaction; Barbie collects clues, but she doesn't do much with them.

Several interactive Mini games are included in the adventure, but for some reason most are not available in the Mini game mode for separate play later. These Mini games range from simple arcade types to critical-thinking games, but most aren't very fun. The game is very short and can be completed in one sitting of a few hours. The story itself is pretty unimaginative, and there's a sense of "so what?" to it all.

Game Details

  • Platform: Game Boy Advance
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Release date: October 10, 2006
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for everyone
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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