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These games are a mixture of reaction time and memorization; particularly if you want to "beat" the game with a good enough score to qualify for an Activision Patch. Barnstorming has just the right balance between control and speed, and the detailed landmarks keep the chore of memorization to a minimum. I highly recommend it.
Activision est connu pour ses jeux originaux et son graphisme esthétique. Il n'a pas manqué à la règle en demandant à un nouvel auteur, Steve Cartwright, de respecter ces éléments.
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Yet the biggest problem is that all of the levels are structured the same way--fly through the barns as quickly as possible without touching any of the obstacles. Once you complete your objective, you can either have another go at it or see how fast the cartridge flies under chairs (while avoiding family members). In the end, those looking for something different may be pleased with Barnstorming, but most will probably want to keep this plane locked inside the barn.
Overall, there’s ultimately not much depth to the game. For a title put out in 1982, the graphics are certainly serviceable, and tend to lean towards the good side. Many colors paint your backgrounds and flying at sunset is definitely an experience that helps add to the atmosphere of the game. If you can master the controls of Barnstorming, it’s not that bad of a game. People may shy away from it because even though it has an easy premise, the game is anything but easy. The time feature also allows those who are truly competitive to beat their best time. It has been re-released in Microsoft’s Game Room for those that are up to the challenge. For me, I view it as a competent title to add to the Atari library, but one that may not see as much play time as other more engaging games.
The Video Game Critic
Barnstorming is yet another good-looking Activision title, but its humdrum gameplay might just put you to sleep. There's never been another game like this - and let's hope it stays that way!