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There are two certainties in life: Small children love Barney and adults hate him. These two rules apply to this video game as well. Children will love controlling their favorite purple dinosaur's every move, while adults watching their children play will get sick of hearing Barney's expressions of love accompanied by sickly-sweet background music. But this game is not for adults, so they will just have to appreciate the fact that their kids are having a good time.
I guess Barney's Hide & Seek Game did its purpose of being a simple game for kids, and that's about it. And because it's a game that fulfilled its purpose, and actually isn't THAT bad, this isn't getting the 1-3 rating that some may have been expecting.
To sum it all up, there is no fun to have in this game. For a surprisingly short-lived adventure, there is far more tedium than you'd expect from a game that can be completed in about twenty minutes. I can't believe that "Barney's Hide and Seek" was ever released in the first place; all it did was capitalize on the Barney craze at the peak of its hype (1993, the year that this game came out, was also the year Barney was introduced to the unsuspecting citizens of Earth). I've heard the occasional complaint from older citizens that kids these days are getting dumber. Well, now we know why.
I can imagine a two-year-old sitting in front of the TV, watching Barney move on his own, and legitimately thinking they're playing the game. If that's something that a parent thought was worth $60, well, I almost wouldn't be surprised. The game is nothing more than an artistically sharp, colorful distraction for toddlers. Anyone any amount of years older won't find substance backing the game up, challenge, or educational value.