You control a plane in a horizontal (i.e. Defender) perspective with the object being to fly through a predetermined number of barns in the least amount of time as possible. Along the way, you must avoid such hazards as flocks of geese and windmills. The game ends when you fly through the specified number of barns.
Had it offered a two-player, split-screen mode, Barnstorming would rate as one of the best multiplayer games for any console. As it stands, however, it's a refreshing change of pace and great fun for a quick session of gaming bliss.