Now then... I know what you all are thinking. I thought it myself, when I located this game. A BARBIE GAME??? There's no way in hell that this can be any good, but I'm gonna download it just to get a good laugh!!
Well, the joke was on me. Barbie: Super Model is actually a really nice game, starring our well-known glamour toy, Barbie. It's not a great game, but it does cater to the more experimental gamer - or simply a Barbie fan.
In the game, you play the role of Barbie - who is trying to make a name for herself as a model in Hollywood. Working as hard as she can to achieve her goal, she'll nevertheless need your help to overcome all the obstacles in her path. You need to help her get noticed on the streets of Hollywood, put on her make up and fix her hair, go through her wardrobe, keep her fit by exercising, and most importantly... you need to train her for the catwalk, and then help her when the big day has arrived. Do it properly, and Barbie might just be the next big thing in Hollywood.
The game is divided into four parts, each ending in a fashion show in front of thousands of people. All of these parts consist of an arcade bit, a face shooting and a magazine shooting, catwalk training, and then the real catwalk in the end. The different arcade mission is a drive through Hollywood Blwd, a rollerblading safari at the beach, a walk through an icy mountain town, and a bike tour through the park. In all of these, the mission is to try to collect as many stars as possible, and to try to get the makeup bag and the photo camera, without hitting any obstacles. (Kinda like Paperboy).
Barbie's two minigames, the face and magazine shooting, are both played in the same fashion. First you will see a picture of Barbie for a couple of seconds. You then have to make her look identical to that image, using only your memory as guide. To do so, you toggle the colours by using either Ctrl, Alt or Shift, and completely change the outfit or makeup by using the cursor keys. When you are satisfied with the way she looks, you simply press Enter. You will get points for each correct aspect of her appearance.
The music for the game is quite catching, and definitely fitting to the gameplay. It's really a neat little game, all in all. Definitely aimed at young girls, but still good fun to any gamer.
This game CAN run under Win XP and VDMSound, but I would only recommend doing this if you want to go deaf... The sounds are turned into ear-shattering fire-sirens, if you try to do that. Don't tell me I didn't warn you, if you do try... ;P