I'm having a rough time with Detective Barbie 2: The Vacation Mystery. My family and I got about 40 minutes in, before we hit a dead wall.
This game is kind of like a scavenger hunt. You find various clues, which are related to a certain location. For example, if you find teacups or sugar, you're supposed to go to the dining room. If you find the map and globe, you're supposed to go to the lighthouse. If you find a letter and a bell, you're supposed to go to the front desk.
The problem is that the game crashes, if you go to the maze, the gazebo, or the hidden passageway near the child. There is no way around this problem. So if you have a clue leading to one of these three areas, you're stuck. Game over. Impossible to win.
So there's about a one in four chance of the game being unwinnable, every time you play.
Each area has its own puzzle for you to solve. In the dining room, you have a piano puzzle. At the front desk, you move mailboxes to fit a certain pattern. To beat the game, you must solve two puzzles, and you must do two chase sequences.
The chase sequences are pretty much impossible. Here is a livestream of me, playing the game. Note how it took over an hour for me to do the two-minute boat chase sequence. And that's the easy one.. Sand rover is the same thing, with more items you have to dodge. Hang gliding is shorter, but harder, since it requires you to go along a randomized track.
Overall, the game is too hard. It's got game-breaking glitches, and the chase sequences are too difficult, considering that children are supposed to beat them. I'm still going to do a walkthrough for the game, but dang, it's tough.