Do I recommend this game? Well, firstly, I feel that I must approach this topic in the most unbiased manner possible. As such, allow me to provide you with a short commentary on "Barbie™ Dreamhouse Party™," to grant you insight into the nuances of this game (please keep in mind that, as always, the players personal preferences in regards to video games are the sole determining factor in whether or not the game will appear to be “of quality.” I recognize that the player him/herself will be the sole determining factor by which the game is deemed worthy of purchase, and, thusly, the game is thereby nuanced by the respective opinions of the player; for the inherent value of a game is not determined by a substandard review by a community member. I provide this review as a matter of opinion regarding the mechanics and structures supporting this game. I realize that differing opinions may be had in regards to the relative quality of the game, and therefore submit this review to be observed with an open-mind and an unbiased analyzation).
What to expect: At first glance, Barbie™ Dreamhouse Party™ may appear to be a game targeted for children and fans of the Barbie franchise, and that's what it is. This, "game," is, at it's core, targeted to audiences that already share a love of the Barbie franchise and merchandise. It allows one the opportunity to experience all that is Barbie, in a virtual realm. The gameplay is pretty straight forward. At the end of the day, Barbie™ Dreamhouse Party™ is your standard run-around-collect'em-all. You'll be spending most of your time viewing your gallery of photos and videos, taking screen shots of your favorite outfits, unlocking items and equipping items gained through playing mini-games with your pals, playing a variety of mini-games with Barbie and friends, searching for new things to add to your photo gallery and having brief, straightforward small talk with your pals, scattered throughout the house (not to forget Ken).
-So, without further hesitation, let's get into the meat of the game. What can you really expect?
Pros: Well, this game is fairly simple. Easy on the eyes and on the mind. Don't expect any cringingly difficult puzzles or intense bloody pvp action (although why would you from a Barbie game?). So what does this game have to offer? This game has decent replay value. The collecting portion of the game will be enough to last you for a few hours and after that, the game is what you make of it. If you are a completionist with an established inclination towards games that fall on the more "casual" side, then this game is most definitely suited for you. Moving past that though, special consideration must be made in regards to the actual gameplay, i.e. the mini-games. The mini-games are a bundle of fun, depending of course on what you're looking for in a game. They are incredibly simple and easy to master. They encompass all of the things that you could hope for them to. From make-up challenges to dance-offs to modeling competitions to pet cleaning competitions, this game most definitely does not drop the ball when referring to it's in game components. The loading screens are fairly short, allowing the player quick and easy access to the fun. The menu is incredibly easy to navigate, and little to no confusion should be had. The in-game soundtrack is phenomenal. It perhaps most readily will remind the player of the cool-edged, punk rock vibes of the early 2000's found in skating games with it's up-beat high energy teeny pop. The game is beautiful and fairly easy to run as well.
Cons: The initial loading screen cinematic music can be quite harsh on the ears. It is exceptionally loud (more of a pet-peeve rather than a crucial in game flaw). The responsiveness of Barbie on some of the mini games, especially ones where a bit more precision is required such as MAKE-UP MADNESS, can be a bit janky at times; robbing the player of an opportunity to truly crush the other girls in competition (all in good fun of course). In addition to the occasionally wobbly controls, interference from the other girls can become a problem in some of the mini games, namely in ones that require you to perform activities in which any interference renders the game much more difficult, such as in BUBBLE CRAZE (Let it be known however that the interference from the other ladies might not be all that bad of a thing. In certain games, the intrusion of space by the cpu many times simply adds to the fun of the mini-game by adding a level of difficulty which would not exist otherwise. Take this into consideration whilst continue to read this review, and in regards to your purchasing of this game). By interference, I mean simply that at times, if your are walking in a certain path, if one of the other girls walks by or in front of you, the game will block your movement as if they truly are walking in front of you. This seems like a solid game component. Perhaps one that would add a touch of realism; but, while that may be the case, it causes an unprecedented amount of difficulty in completing certain tasks throughout the game.
-In synopsis, Barbie™ Dreamhouse Party™ has both its pros and cons and they are are follows:
Pros- Simple, yet fun, gameplay
Short loading screens
Cons- Occasionally janky controls
Lack of initial guidance in regards to how to play the game
Barbie™ Dreamhouse Party™ is a game encompassed around three things: Item collection, Character customization and Mini-games. If you are the type of gamer who can appreciate casual, straightforward game play, then this game is for you. There's plenty to collect and plenty to play. Overall, even with it's incredibly minor flaws, I give Barbie™ Dreamhouse Party™ a