The Barbie Diaries: High School Mystery (PC)

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Modern Barbie is a smart, resourceful sleuth.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

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Positive Messages

Barbie is smart and resourceful. Unfortunately, she is so resourceful that she hacks into the school's computer to solve the mystery. Barbie's friends are culturally diverse.

Violence & Scariness

This game is based on The Barbie Diaries movie and on the Barbie doll franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Barbie represented here is not the one with a greatly exaggerated figure. Rather, she is a cute, petite high school girl. Unfortunately, she walks with a runway-model's swish of the hips. Some of the behavior modeled in the game is negative, including a high school girl who lies and is snobby to others. Also, to win the game, Barbie must hack into the school's computers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16-year-old Written bymroush November 3, 2010


one of the best games ever
Parent of a 7 and 9-year-old Written by[email protected] November 19, 2009
hello barbie
Teen, 15 years old Written byJonothanByers16 August 30, 2016


The Barbie Diaries: High School was made October 30, 2006 and to this day, I would say this game is STILL entertaining. This game does not show or reference any... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 30, 2011

am am cool!

I love it! i am in middle school and i still love it! and me in 7th grade,
by May Thangthong
my email is...

What's it about?

Barbie, the popular doll, takes on the role of detective in THE BARBIE DIARIES: HIGH SCHOOL MYSTERY, based on the straight-to-DVD movie The Barbie Diaries. On the day of her school's \"Battle of the Bands\" competition, Barbie's Charmz band mate receives a threatening text message telling the band to drop out and someone vandalizes their staging area -- and Barbie decides to try to discover who is trying to bungle the battle of the bands. Barbie's path throughout the game is linear, but you have flexibility to explore the high school's seven locations, talk to whom you want, and click on sparkling objects you want to investigate. You go through the game by accomplishing a series of objectives, such as getting information about a specific student by talking to people or solving puzzles.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the Barbie represented in this software is different from the doll. Is that a good thing or a bad thing, and why? Parents might also want to discuss the part where Barbie hacks into the school computer to solve the mystery. Is it ever OK to break the law? Should Barbie have hacked into the computer or sought help from the school administration?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $29.95
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Activision Value Publishing
  • Release date: October 12, 2006
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for everyone
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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