A playthrough of Hi Tech Expressions’ 1993 “girl’s game” for the Super NES, Barbie Super Model.
Played through on Super Model mode.
This game cracks me up. As kids, my sister and I played it a lot, mainly to laugh at it when we were bored. Barbie’s life is a #firstworldproblems champ if I’ve ever seen one – I mean, if I’m going to go on a ski vacation, wtf am I supposed to wear?
This exercise in preventing Barbie from an otherwise assured psychological meltdown has her driving around (Beverly Hills, I guess?) avoiding drunk drivers and slow pokes in her pink Corvette to get to the fashion show practice where she can learn her runway moves, and then she heads back for the show. On the way she’ll get to do photoshoots via a memory game that makes you match her outfit and accessories to the picture. Then she repeats the process while rollerblading, power-walking, and bicycling.
Sigh. Well, the graphics are reasonably nice if you don’t mind pink, and the music rocks surprisingly hard, and half of the levels play like neutered events from California Games, so it’s not all bad. There are worse ways to train your eight-year-old girl that she’ll never be pretty, skinny, or rich enough to be Barbie, and that’s key. Undermining someone’s self-esteem by projecting impossibly skewed gender stereotypes should at least be fun, right?
It seems absurd to say in this case, but no cheats were used during the recording of this video.
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