• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Aug 1, 2006
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. A grand collection of inspired mini-games.
  2. The open-ended design is a breath of fresh air, while the overall presentation lives up to the movie's skewed style and humor.
  3. 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.
  4. The open ended gameplay, the mini games and a mobile phone to call my own all contribute to a good time, especially if you've seen me in the film beforehand.
  5. An easy, mildly entertaining grab bag of minigames and missions. Young kids will still undoubtedly enjoy the game, and their parents will find themselves sucked into numerous minigames as well.
  6. 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.
  7. The kids will not be impressed. [Christmas 2006, p.102]
  8. What a shocker. A licensed movie tie-in – based on a relatively unknown property no less – that actually ended up being fun and entertaining for the whole family.
  9. While Barnyard has a few shining points such as the bike and Sharp Squirter, it just isn't entertaining enough to account for a purchase, unless you have children who are really, really into the movie.
  10. This may be one of the few games with nearly identical gameplay as its GBA cousin. It won't knock your socks off, but kids who are nuts about the movie might get a kick out of it.
  11. Rather than craft a generic beat-em-up that follows the plot of the film, THQ has created sort of a kiddie version of "The Sims". [Oct. 2006, p.88]
  12. 70
    It's no modern-day classic, but Barnyard is still a good choice for young gamers, with a nice unhurried design somewhat reminiscent of "Animal Crossing."
  13. 40
    Quaint graphics, recognizable characters, easy gameplay, and many mini-games give Barnyard some staying power with its target audience. For older gamers, the game is entirely standard and boring.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 24, 2013
    This video is awesome, I loved playing this! I wish there were way more levels in it so I can continue to play for as long as I like!

    remember when I first got this game at GameStop! That was such a good experience... Full Review »
  2. Oct 26, 2013
    Most minigames are fun to play and exploring the area is interesting too, and it somehow follows the movie exactly. I also get determined to get a star in every minigame. Full Review »
  3. DavS.
    Oct 7, 2008
    This is a great game. Fast, funny, some of the mini-games are challenging. I'm 28 and testing this game out, and it didn't bore me at all. The only weird part is male cows shooting milk, but...it is what it is! Full Review »