Some friends and I were talking about animated movies the other day. Over the past five years, we have only been able to imagine two animated films that did not concern animals in any form, and the only two others that we can think of (house of monsters and cars) presented anthropomorphic representations of other non-human people (cars and a house, beings). Barnyard is the licensed game of the current animated animal film, designed to appeal to the young audience of the film. However, like any other game of this type, it gets boring very quickly due to an overall lack of polishing and lazy design.

First of all, the game shows some promise, mainly because, unlike most other licensed titles, Barnyard does not follow the plot of the film. After the introductory movie, where people see a new cow coming to the farm in the Movie, the players take control of that cow. The first choice you can make is to choose the race, the color and the name of your concrete avatar.After that, you can walk freely in the barn Yard. Although the color options are limited, it is acceptable for developers to allow some form of customization.

The main point of the game is its sandbox environment, because after completing a few small beginner missions, players can explore the original farm as well as other areas afterwards. All these areas have room for exploration, in principle to accommodate the missions that the other habitats of the barnyard world wish to transmit to the newcomer. Most of them take the form of locating specific objects in the environment, exercising or participating in one of the many mini-games available.

The mini-games and the missions themselves are perfectly acceptable and have a little humor. A variety of missions involve putting on sunglasses while injecting milk into Barnyard World habitats, with the first six notes of George Thoroughgood’s “Bad to the Bone” playing in the background. And this section also offers some random humor. You can choose at the beginning of the game How to play a male ax that does not actually exist. A male cow is a bull for those who skipped Biology. Bulls do not have udders (well, natural law). When my male mouth ran into the barnyard and a white liquid burst on people, I can’t help but smile in color.

Other levels include antics such as peril picking to help a chicken with an exhalation desire escape by striking it out of a catapult and then guiding it through a series of oncoming obstacles. Others, like Gopher Golf and Whack-a-Gopher, are pretty basic, but then again, they’re probably ideal for the target audience. Although some games can be reproduced, there are a variety of missions that can be played, as much for the Fans of the film that it is aimed at. You will also be delighted with the cel-Shaded graphics of the game, which capture the look of the movie very well.

While the graphics certainly capture the feel of the movie, they seem pretty uniform, with the models of people depicted being the biggest culprit. The audio design of the game could certainly do without an upgrade. The music very rarely passes from a Banjo test string, and if, as in the milk splash missions, you simply get a short series of notes that are repeated over and over again. Voice work is also important, because many lines of dialogue in the game are simply placed on the screen to be read. A few more spoken lines would have been great, especially since the game is aimed directly at children.

As always with licensed cinematic games, and especially children’s films, there is not much to mow at Barnyard. It’s just good enough to entertain kids who need to see more people from the Movie, but everyone should stay away.

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