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BarneySplat is a 1993 video game for DOS, created by Austin Seraphin. It was initially a door game for BBS, but then got a stand-alone release. In it, the player tries to sabotage the Barney & Friends show. You can kill Barney, Baby Bop, or the four kids that star on the show. It's a satirical game, with many early 90s pop cultural references. It recently got updated to fix spelling errors (as Austin Seraphin is blind) and add more current cultural references. You can download the game here.


BarneySplat contains examples of

  • Anyone Can Die
  • Audience Surrogate: The protagonist is one. He/she's referred to in the second person, although one fan has gave the protagonist the name "Luka".
  • Beach Episode: The kids can go to the beach. You can take a boat ride where the kids can get eaten by a shark, bury someone alive, sting someone to death with a stingray, or play volleyball.
  • Bonus Round: One involving you encountering Barney at a shopping mall. You can choose to burn him, rip him apart, fight him, shoot him along with the rest of the cast, a mystery surprise (that will either take away half of your points or double your points), and a day in the life of ASCII Express. If you don't kill Barney during this round, sometimes you can play a Zork-type game where you kill Barney.
  • Death by Despair: BJ can do this if he trips on acid.
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  • Death Fic: An interactive one.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Baby Bop will yell "EEEEE!" as she dies from alcohol poisoning.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Oh yes it does.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: One sequence has you teaching Barney and the kids a song at their sing-along, and the objective is to sing a song involving beer and pot so the kids can copy you.
  • The '90s
  • Playing with Fire: You can choose to set someone on fire with a flamethrower during fire safety day, and burn someone during snack time.
  • Running Gag: If you choose to steal Baby Bop's blanket, she will scream "My BLANKEE!" at random intervals throughout the rest of the game.
    • If you take off Barney's "TEENEE-WEENY HAT", he'll yell "Give me back my TEENEE WEENY hat!" at random intervals too.
  • Shout-Out: To Beavis and Butt-Head, among others.
  • Subverted Kids Show: The main character attempts to make the Barney show one of these.
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  • Text Adventure
  • The Stoner: The main character.
  • Time Limit: The game ends if you have 0 minutes left, though you're probably not gonna run out of time that fast.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential
  • Would Hurt a Child: The main character.

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