The backgrounds and characters themselves are actually colorful, but they are just plain annoying to look at. I could only play Barney for one minute, i've watched them play it for hours, and i'm grateful to him for getting them into both video and retro games. The child crawls out, receives a creepy hug from the plush dinosaur, and a reminder of how much Barney loves them. Then again, the overall gameplay is just plain bad. Find all presents and friends and you get a special surprise! The level simply stops scrolling and tallies your score when you hit the edge. They are usually behind a box or something, and you can see atleast half of their body, or in the case of the gifts, you will see half of the gift.
Despite being a platformer, this is not an action game, since Barney can't die and there is no quick reaction required to complete the game. That brings me to my next point, the A, B, and C buttons. Funny enough, I actually had this game as a young kid. For example, if Barney is standing near a block that you can jump on and an animal he can interact with, you have to actually position Barney closer to whatever you want him to interact with in order for him to maybe do it. Graphics are expectedly cute and cartoony. For those who have never heard of him, Barney is a purple dinosaur, very popular with pre school children in many different countries. I mean, it makes the poor chump look like a fairy.
Barney's animations are just plain horrible. Essentially, all you have to do is lead Barney around four different worlds to find his five friends who are hiding in numerous spots. As you play the game, you will come across cutscenes that will tell how many kids and gifts you found in each level, which I would call bad storytelling. When Barney finds a friend he gives them a big hug. That's what this game will do to you. The second time I decided to replay it, I took a bathroom break at the start screen and when I returned, Barney was already making his way through the third level.
That of course means that in order to actually platform, the player has to patiently wait for the slow moving balloons and platforms to reach Barney to actually explore. Finding the children and five gifts is rather easy, as you can always see them. He will hold up a stop sign and tell you to wait right there until it's safe. Doing so is very boring, as the levels are very uneventful. You must be kidding me. Children will love the discovery and fun they have with Barney! In fact, it is best just to walk through the entire game instead of jumping or whatever else may need be.
There is something like four levels to play through in the game, with each one more stupider than the previous. It is pretty freaky just to play this game anyways, and I wouldn't even think about playing it at night. On each one there are five children and five presents to find. I was searching around the web for some bad Genesis games when I came across Barney's Hide and Seek Adventure. Barney helps with counting, matching and problem solving. Everything else was fair game.
It can be quite fun. Once again, while it was made with good intentions, not mapping buttons for different actions makes it rather annoying to explore. He shows how to cross streets safely and dispose of trash. We went to, I think it was FunCo at the time and picked up a bunch of Genesis games for my, at the time, 4 year old little brother, one of which was this one. The levels are a walk in the park anyways.
The kids look way too happy to see Barney, and they look like midgets compared to him. Game Barney is voiced by the actual actor, and all his clips are replayed relatively clearly. As for the music, you probably won't pay much attention to it because Barney, being the glory hog that he is, will be rambling on like a blithering idiot for most of the game. The graphics are not that bad by themselves, but the animations are what really puts this score down. Your goal is to collect all ten in each of the four levels. Each of the levels also maintains a unique theme, with different objects to activate. There are several problems with the controls that need to be fixed if there ever is another Barney game I hope not.
Barney names favorite things like toys and animals. When I was 4, I was playing Pitfall. He is very health and safety concious, telling you to stop near edges and making you wait for a traffic light to turn green before allowing you to jump on a cloud. Barney just awkwardly becomes interested in an object off-screen and hurriedly exits stage right. I had heard many bad things about it, and I just wanted to see how bad it was for myself. Despite being a platformer, this is not an action game, since Barney can't die and there is no quick reaction required to complete the game. Also, Barney himself will make a comment, giving away where they are right away.
By default, this orders Barney to blow a kiss awww… In contextual situations, it will make Barney jump, or activate objects in the level. It definitely needs a lot of work. Doing a special request for the frowning objects will put a smile on their face, but it's not really worth it. I'll save that for the gameplay section. Kiss my black ass, Barney. Man, I am such a mess right now.