Barney's Hide & Seek Game

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Barney's Hide & Seek Game
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Educational

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive

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Barney's Hide & Seek Game is a game that was released in 1993 by Sega for the Mega Drive/Genesis video game system. It is based on the children's television and home video franchise known as the "Barney" franchise. The voice of Barney was recorded by Bob West, who also performed the "Barney" role on the television show. There are more than one hundred words and two hundred phrases spoken by Barney the Dinosaur. Favorite things are always mentioned by name by Barney when the player helps him discover them. Educational concepts taught in this game include counting, matching, and problem solving. There is a self-play feature that guides the player to the objective when he or she isn't playing. Strangely, despite being an educational game aimed towards pre-school children, this title is not part of the Sega Club series.


In this game, the objective is to move Barney around four themed levels and locate five children (including the Baby Bop character) and five presents (ball, teddy bear, rubber duck, truck, doll) that are hiding throughout the level. Unlike action games, the player is not allowed to die; a lack of a proper health bar also indicates Barney's inability to die. The game emphasizes safety; should Barney try to fall from a ledge, a safety lecture is given. Should the player find all the children and presents in different levels, they would be rewarded with a "special surprise". During the surprise, the purple balloons are popped while confetti and streamers are drizzled in the presence of excited children in addition to Barney and Baby Bop.

When nowhere near an object to interact with, Barney can blow kisses in the air complete with flying heart symbols. Locating a child results in giving him or her a hug. Barney can even fly on balloons, float on clouds, and jump on nearby platforms. Sound quality can be questionable on certain parts; "fish" tends to be one of the words that the game has trouble vocalizing correctly.


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The Forest
Players explore a wooded forest with Barney. Various forest animals can be interacted with and Barney teaches children to throw trash in a trashbin.
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Music Town
This level teaches about various musical instruments. Features include a xylophone sidewalk and piano picket fence.
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Under the Sea
Various sea creatures are afoot as Barney searches underwater. The ability for characters to breathe underwater is not resolved.
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The Farm
Farm animals and agriculture are featured throughout this level. Children tend to be hidden in overhead islands, unlike earlier levels.

Instrumental songs

Barney's Hide & Seek Game ending.
  1. Barney Theme Song (Tune: Yankee Doodle)
  2. Forest Melody (The Happy Wanderer, Sarasponda, A-Camping We Will Go)
  3. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  4. Music Town Melody (I Am a Fine Musician, Skip to My Lou, Alouette)
  5. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Reprise)
  6. Sea Melody (Row Row Row your Boat, Sailing Sailing, traditional Sea theme)
  7. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Reprise 2)
  8. Farm Songs (Old McDonald Had a Farm, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Bingo)
  9. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Finale)
  10. I Love You (Tune: This Old Man)

Production credits

  • Programming: Michael Dimambro
  • Graphic Design: Darin Hilton
  • Backgrounds: Connie Goldman, Ellen Drucker
  • Animation: Laura Raines Smith, Darin Hilton
  • Design: Ann Lediaev, Jesse Taylor
  • Music: Eric Swanson
  • Sounds: Eric Swanson
  • Layouts: Alan Hickey, Scott Stoabs
  • Testings: Robert Arellano, Bryan Smith
  • Lead Tester for SEGA: Bill Person
  • Product Manager: France M. Tantiado
  • Producer for SEGA: Jesse Taylor
  • Producer for Realtime Associates: Ann Lediaev
  • Thanks to: Dave Bean, Jeffrey Berting, Clyde Grossman, Shippy Ohka, Jessica Taylor, David Warhol
  • Special Thanks to: Sheryl Leach
  • Creative Consultants: Mary Ann Dudko, Margie Larsen
  • Voice of Barney: Bob West

Magazine articles

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Physical scans

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Barney's Hide & Seek Game

Mega Drive, US
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Barney's Hide And Seek MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, BR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1efa9d53
MD5 644dcd9ae972b6b63fce63c17d12620d
SHA-1 64ebe54459267efaa400d801fc80be2097a6c60f
1MB 1993-09 Cartridge (US)