Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Game Review: Barbie Print 'n Play

   Not too long ago it was my Birthday and one of the presents I received was a Barbie Print 'n Play CD and also a Barbie Fashion Designer CD, both games from the early 90's. (・▽・)♥

   Many of you probably remember playing this as a child (or even as an adult!) but since it's not widely found these days and cannot run on new systems I've decided to do a small "review" of both games, starting with Barbie Print 'n Play~

The title screen is just too cute!

   In order to run this game I spent about 4-5 hours messing with my computer settings and searching Google vigorously. I'm running Windows 7 and the good thing about that is that there's a Windows XP mode that you can download from Microsoft in order to run older programs, easy as pie right?

   See if you're like me and a large number of other computer owners out there, your version of Windows 7 is the "Home Premium" edition in which case the Windows XP mode isn't compatible with your computer system. Why is it like this? Because Microsoft is evil and wants more money from you. (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ (But I digress)

   I had the luck however after almost pulling my hair out to come across a solution! If you have this game (or any old games and programs for that matter) but can no longer run it on your computer just follow the instructions here and it should work like a charm! You will need to download a couple programs (unless you have them already) but they're completely legitimate so don't worry~

Main menu screen, isn't it dreamy~ ♥
   When the game starts up it takes you to this screen first and you hear the cheerful voice of Barbie welcoming you to the game. You'll be hearing Barbie's voice a LOT in this game as every time you let your mouse linger a little too long over any clickable icon you'll hear Barbie's cheery voice telling you what it does, it's handy for the first time but after a while it gets a bit annoying.... Usually Barbie's name will be in the "your name" spot but I went ahead and put my name in there since I already made some things. (〜 ̄▽ ̄)〜

   There are ten different creation modes that you can try and each of them has their own theme music! I have to say that I REALLY love the music in this game but it might just be due to nostalgia. (´⌣`ʃƪ) Although there is no volume control and the music on this is very loud so I suggest turning your computer's volume down before you play.

Birthday card selection menu
   The level of customization is very limited, but I kind of like that because it's more challenging! Although I do wish there was a freestyle mode because each section has a select number of main images that you can use, and you can only use one of them per project. (╥_╥) But there's a large selection of stickers, borders and you can edit the text and even draw with shapes or free hand!

   It's such a simple program but it provides hours of fun whether you're 10 years old or 10 at heart and even if you're an adult there's a stationary section where you can make letterheads, memo paper, fax sheets and even envelopes! The calender section is very handy too and I actually spent a few hours making different monthly calendars. (; ̄▽ ̄)

Ahhh look at all the dreamy designs~ (♥ω♥*)
   I feel like I've already written more than I probably should so without further adieu I will show you an example of a finished product made with this program! At first I had a giant problem with printing from Barbie Print 'n Play, the images came out super enlarged to the point of not fitting on the page and the colors were inverted. I again tried doing a google search on this strange phenomenon but couldn't find a solution so I started messing around with program settings. What I found is that the program needs to be set to run in 256 colors in order for anything to print properly! (°∀°)b

  I highly suggest testing colors and adjusting your printer settings in order to get the most pastel colors, unfortunately the colors you see in the program ARE NOT exactly what the printed colors are, especially with the text colors. So what I did was print out a test sheet with all the text colors on it so I could see what each one looks like on paper.

This is what I designed~
The finished product!
Dreamy November ♥
Frosty December~
   Overall summary of this game is that it's very cute and entertaining and useful if you like to have cute stationary or cards and don't mind making them yourself. I personally love it for the nostalgia and the creating capabilities, it's easier to print your own vintage design things instead of trying to thrift them! (●´∀`●)

  • Very cute graphics
  • Basic enough for kids to use
  • Nice music
  • Lots of different things to make
  • Create vintage Barbie designed things instead of replying on thrift items
  • Not enough free reign on creating
  • Barbie's repetitive voiceover
  • Colors sometimes very different to computer image
  • Doesn't run easily on new computers (although I guess that isn't the game's fault)
   Should I give this a star rating? I think I should give it a star rating...

4/5 stars!

Until next time Sugar Dolls!


  1. The calendar you made is lovely! 。:.゚ヽ(´∀`。)ノ゚.:。 ゜

  2. I have this game, too, but translated to Russian, where Barbie has a really dark, death-mooded voice but not cheerful.

  3. How adorable! Did you ever play Barbie Riding Club? That was like my favourite game ever when I was a kid ♡