Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
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  1. AceGamez
    There could have been a lot more in the Barnyard to keep my entertained, sometimes I get tired of helping people.
  2. It's mostly for the kids, but Barnyard knows how to raise a little hay.
  3. An easy, mildly entertaining grab bag of minigames and missions. Kids will undoubtedly enjoy the game and their parents will find themselves sucked into numerous minigames as well.
  4. The open-ended design is a breath of fresh air, while the overall presentation lives up to the movie's skewed style and humor.
  5. 70
    Anatomically incorrectness notwithstanding, Barnyard is a perfectly fine family-friendly film tie-in that you won't absolutely love, but has plenty to like anyway.
  6. It is open-ended, has humor, and looks visually pleasing. Before you buy it though, make sure you watch the movie.
  7. 67
    With a ton of mini-games (half of which are available out of the box. Nice), a huge free-roaming environment, tons of mini-quests and open-ended gameplay, Barnyard manages to pull off its design quite nicely. Having said that, the game still suffers from the normal symptoms of licensed products, lacking a little polish here, and a gameplay tweak there.
  8. Nintendo Power
    Though most of Barnyard's aspects are handled competently (the notable exceptions being the tack-on story and the frame rate), the only part I'd call fun is the unique take on golf; everything else--no matter whether I was launching chickens, racing in the farmer's truck, or blasting cow-tippers with tomatoes--felt bland and lacked challenge. [Sep 2006, p.84]
  9. It would be an all right buy for younger kids if they really, really like Barnyard or 3D adventure games that aren't too complicated.
  10. 50
    It's just about good enough to entertain kids who must see more of the characters from the movie, but everyone else should stay well clear.
  11. Barnyard marks one of those rare occasions where the game totally outclasses the film upon which it is based. Despite heavy repetition, you have to believe that children are going to get a kick out of the game.

Awards & Rankings

#30 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2006
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  1. Aug 24, 2017
    This game is the greatest ever i swear the story is the one from the movie and you get to ride your bike through an open world and do thingsThis game is the greatest ever i swear the story is the one from the movie and you get to ride your bike through an open world and do things like mini games and missions for characters.Idk y but i freaking love this game Full Review »