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Barnstorming Reviews (Atari 2600)

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.8
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Overall User Score (17 votes) 3.1

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Atari HQ (2000)
Had it offered a two-player, split-screen mode, Barnstorming would rate as one of the best multiplayer games for any console. As it stands, however, it's a refreshing change of pace and great fun for a quick session of gaming bliss.
Le Geek (May, 2008)
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.
Woodgrain Wonderland (Sep 28, 2016)
It seems like a lot of online reviewers and players in online forums find Barnstorming a pretty bland entry. Granted, it’s not the most exciting game ever made but it has its charms. Your goal is to fly through an obstacle course of barns, weather vanes and pesky seagulls in as little time as possible. It’s similar to Grand Prix (another Activision title) in that it is often too late to react to an obstacle once it’s already on the screen. However, just like Grand Prix, obstacle positions are fixed in most game variations so the key to success is memorization. I really like this game but have always struggled to get a decent time (back in the day you could get a “Flying Ace” patch if you completed the first course in 33 seconds – best I’ve ever been able to do is 36). The graphics are bright, colourful and flicker-free even by Activision’s high standards. You can even see the pilot’s scarf blowing in the wind. Recommended if you enjoy games based on memorization.
Tilt (Nov, 1982)
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.
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.
neXGam (Jun 27, 2013)
In anderen Spielvarianten lässt sich der Parcours und die Schwierigkeit wählen, neue Spielelemente kommen hier nicht hinzu. Grafisch ist der Titel typisch für Activision sehr ansprechend und farbenfroh geworden und auch der Sound kann überzeugen, aber das Spiel selbst bietet zu wenig um für längere Zeit zu fesseln.
Retro4Ever (Oct 10, 2012)
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 (Jun 30, 2004)
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!