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The Barbie Diaries: High School Mystery (PC)

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Modern Barbie is a smart, resourceful sleuth.

Game Windows 2006
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

The Barbie represented in this computer game is a refreshing change from the doll -- she looks like a pretty blonde teen with a normal figure instead of an exaggerated one. And while you still help her choose what she wears to school each morning, dress-up is a minor part of the game. This is a game that requires logic to help Barbie solve a mystery at her high school.

Testers really enjoyed solving this mystery. In addition to talking to characters, players liked the in-game puzzles and extra activities, including designing a necklace for a friend and decorating a friend's locker. A minor complaint was that the fun experience doesn't last long enough. While Barbie isn't a perfect role model -- she hacks into the school's computer -- she does show girls that it's OK to be smart, funny, and good at music.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Activision Value Publishing
  • Release date: October 12, 2006
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for everyone
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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