Excerpt: Barnyard comes to us from long-time publisher THQ and Australian developer Blue Tongue. In the case of this bovine-infested tale, that name strikes home even more. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think of this title. I vaguely recall it being based on a Nickelodeon movie released several months ago, but that’s where my end stopped. It obviously caters to the younger audience, but it had a few surprises in store for me as well.
Excerpt: A couple of friends and I were discussing animated films the other day. In the last five years or so we could only think of two animated films that weren't about talking animals in any way shape or form, and the only two we could think of (Monster House and Cars) featured anthromorphic representations of other non-human characters (cars and a house, surprisingly).
Conclusion: As far as a kid's movie to game crossover is concerned, Barnyard does decently for what it offers. The mini games are quite a bit of fun and the open-ended nature of the gameplay leaves room for a lot of depth. There are some spotty issues with the controls, the game is entirely too easy and the fetch quests get old after a while.
Conclusion: In any event, fans of the movie will likely be pleased with how the video game rendition of Barnyard turned out. Its open-ended design is a breath of fresh air and many of the minigames are genuinely fun. Also, the overall presentation lives up to the movie's anthropomorphic sense of humor.
Pros: Immerses players in the movie’s skewed world, Refreshing open-ended design, Dozens of minigames and helper missions, Lots of visual and auditory detail, Genuinely charming.
Cons: Minigames aren’t really unique or challenging, Not enough spoken dialogue.
Conclusion: For all its oddities, Barnyard is never less than charming and fun to play. A gentle learning curve will mean that the target audience I envisage (5-9 year-olds) will have few problems with most of it, and suitably simple and intuitive controls don’t detract from the gameplay, but rather enhance it.
Pros: Lots to collect and explore, Loads of mini games, Genuinely amusing at times
Cons: No auto save, “Male” cows – snigger, Occasionally unintentionally amusing
Summary: To tie in with the release of Barnyard the film comes the game and yet another reason not to have kids! Too much money!! Throughout the years they have wanted to watch Toy Story, Shrek, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo then once they have the DVD they want the game! But it does keep them incredibly quiet for hours on end so it can't be all that bad!
Conclusion: Voilà un jeu à licence rafraîchissant ! Alors oui, il est évident qu'on n'atteint pas des sommets d'ingéniosité et de créativité, mais La Ferme En Folie a clairement de quoi occuper les cinéphiles en culotte courte. Plutôt que de reprendre le scénario du film en faisant se succéder des scènes d'action maladroites, on se retrouve ici avec une sorte de Grand Theft Auto bovin et délirant, sans violence.