Video Game: Secret Agent Barbie
Secret Agent Barbie
is an Action Adventure
game for PC. Action Girl Barbie
is called on by her good friend Theresa, who is a fashion designer planning her big show. A thief has stolen Theresa’s valuable designs, so Barbie, in pursuit of justice, travels the world searching for clues in hope of capturing the thief.
Along the way, Barbie’s friends and teammates supply her with the gadgets, training and strategies needed to complete each mission.
This game provides examples of:
- Asian Store-Owner: Mrs. Tanaka. Apart from dye, what she's selling isn't made clear. Probably a downplayed trope, because her store is in Japan, where almost everyone is, well, Asian.
- Art Major Physics: Because putting on a translucent/transparent suit would really make you absolutely invisible from top to bottom.
- Backtracking: Though often areas you've visited will have changed, or some areas will be blocked off.
- But Thou Must: The thief will always be suspiciously faster than you, and you must always let the thief get away.
- Camp Straight: Mr. Johnson is hinted to be one of these.
- Cool Plane: Barbie and her team have their own very large and very pink private jet, which acts as their primary mode of transportation, as well as their secret headquarters.
- Culture Equals Costume: Averted in Brazil and France, but played straight just about everywhere else.
- Easing Into the Adventure: Unless you skip it, the start of the game is Barbie doing some Virtual Training before receiving the call from Theresa.
- Enemy Detecting Radar
- Equipment Reset Button: Barbie's inventory is changed each level so that she always has what she needs.
- Follow the Plotted Line
- Floating Platforms
- Gadget Watches: Barbie uses a watch to communicate with her friends back at base while she’s on a mission. When it’s not being used in this way, it functions as a minimap/GPS device. Also see Super Wrist Gadget below.
- Gateless Ghetto: The Egypt and Japan levels come to mind.
- Gay Paree
- The Ghost: Emille Vesante
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: One of Barbie’s gadgets is her Pink Vision Goggles, which help her to see coded messages within her environment.
- Heads-Up Display
- He Knows About Timed Hits
- Hide Your Children
- I Can't Use These Things Together
- Improbable Weapon User: To call them weapons is a stretch, but Barbie's arsenal of gadgets consists of: a lipstick, a swingshot that's a wristband, a bottle of perfume, a robot puppy, a camera, some glasses and a compact of foundation that causes a huge cloud of smoke. Yeah.
- Instant 180 Degree Turn: The Guards.
- Instant Costume Change: Barbie performs these when changing among Stealth, Action and Adventure modes, sometimes in broad daylight, in a public area, while surrounded by a crowd. This is never mentioned or explained.
- It's Up to Barbie
- Jet Pack: You can get one by typing JET whilst in action mode. It's a bit of a Scrappy Mechanic, though, as it's essentially just one long continuous jump when you hold down the space bar.
- Jump Physics: Action Mode, full stop.
- Invisibility Cloak: The thief stole Theresa’s designs in order to create a ‘Translucent Suit’, which is said to provide the wearer with near invisibility when worn.
- Level Goal: Technically
- Limited Sound Effects: A lot of the guards sound the same.
- Misplaced Accent
- Modern Egypt: One of Barbie's many destinations. Others include:
- Name's the Same: Let's hope that Mrs. Tanaka isn't married to a dirty businessman who swindles teenagers out of absurdly large amounts of yen.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Some of the guards have an uncanny resemblance to a pixelated Ben Stiller.
- No Item Use for You
- Nominal Importance
- No Peripheral Vision: The guards seem to have this. In fact, you can see their exact field of vision on the minimap. You could be standing right next to one of the guards, but as long as you’re not in that vision field, you won’t get noticed.
- No Sidepaths, No Exploration, No Freedom
- Now, Where Was I Going Again?: A particularly cruel example. You can save mid-mission and quit, but upon reloading your save, you have to start from the beginning of the mission again.
- Palette Swap
- Paper-Thin Disguise
- Robot Dog: One of Barbie’s gadgets is a robot dog that looks suspiciously like a Poochie [the robotic toy dog from the Turn of the Millennium]. It’s used to distract guards and reach small spaces where Barbie can’t fit.
- Run Don't Walk: You can only run in Action Mode, you can only walk in Adventure Mode but you can only run once in Stealth Mode, otherwise you're reduced to sneaking.
- Saving the World: Or at least the economy
- Solve the Soup Cans
- Scripted Event: It's perfectly possible (with the aid of a cheat) to catch up to Camille when she's stolen the puzzle box, but you have to let her escape.
- Stealth-Based Game: At least a third of the time, Barbie is in ‘Stealth Mode’.
- Stealth Expert: It’s hard to believe that Barbie can go by unnoticed in the highly colourful ‘Stealth Mode’ outfit that she wears, especially when she’s ‘stealthing’ in sparsely populated areas. This is, therefore, the only explanation.
- Stock Video Game Puzzle:
- Stock Foreign Name: Tanaka is a relatively common Japanese surname.
- Stupidity Is the Only Option: In one mission, Barbie has to set up a trap for the main villain by using the MacGuffin she just got. Cue facepalming when the villain arrives, steals the MacGuffin and forces a futile chase after them.
- Stupid Good
- Subtitles Are Superfluous
- Supervillain Lair: The lair of the villain, the last mission of the game.
- Super Wrist Gadget: The UI shows a bracelet along the bottom of the screen; each ‘link’ in the chain contains the icon for one of Barbie’s many gadgets. Since she doesn’t carry a bag or have anywhere else to store these items, it’s implied that she actually keeps them inside her bracelet.
- Tracking Device: Yet another of Barbie’s gadgets, this tracking device comes in the form of tracking perfume. Yeah…
- Took a Shortcut
- Video Game Tools
- Video Game Settings:
- Walking the Earth
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Or two, three or four.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?