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|Backyard Baseball 2001
|Humongous Entertainment, Inc.
|Humongous Entertainment, Inc.
|Initial Release Date:
|Jun 6th, 2000
About This Game:
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Backyard Baseball 2001 Download PC is a new baseball game from Humongous Entertainment aimed at children five to twelve years of age. Take it from me, though, kids over twelve may find it pretty darn fun too, as I know I did.
In this game, you can choose to play as one of thirty-one pro baseball players with a slight twist. The pros are children, just like the other players. Playing with Randy Johnson or Barry Bonds as a child is pretty cool. It is particularly nice because the child playing the game can create a custom player and compete against the pros, but on their own terms.
Personally, I preferred many of the non-pro kids. There is a large group of children to choose from, including many girls, a boy named Kenny who plays from a wheel chair, and the inevitable little boy who kind of reminds me of Ralph Wiggum from the Simpsons. The population of the game is largely varied, and each kid is easily recognizable, either by his theme song or his appearance.
When it comes down to starting a single game, the teams are chosen by picking kids off of a bench, much the same way teams are chosen during recess at schools across the nation. There are several fields to choose from, ranging from a pavement-covered alleyway (with recycling bins in the outfield) to an actual park. For some reason, one of the fields really reminds me of the movie The Sandlot.
Backyard Baseball 2001 Gameplay:
There are several different ways to play. Aside from batting practice and single games, kids can play an entire Backyard Baseball season, or play over the ‘net.
The game itself can teach kids a bit about baseball, too. For instance, it refers to the slow ball as a breaking ball at times or calls the fastball “the heat,” introducing kids to the lingo. Furthermore, clicking on any statistic will return a brief explanation of what its abbreviation stands for, as well as what the statistic measures.
As an added bonus, occasionally one of the commentators will reveal a bit of good baseball strategy. For instance, after throwing a fastball, the commentator sometimes says, “Now would be a great time to follow up with a breaking ball.”
Pitchers are limited to four normal pitches: the fastball, slow ball, left hook, and right hook (curve balls). Of course, whenever a pitcher gets a strikeout, he earns a special pitch, such as a fireball, or the big freeze.
While these unrealistic pitches don’t particularly teach the kids anything about baseball, they bring a bit of excitement to the game, helping to hold onto the attention of the youngsters. Batters also can earn special hits such as an undergrounder or a crazy bunt, but this seems to happen a lot less often than the special pitches.
The sound is pretty delightful for this game, and kids will assuredly enjoy it. However, parents may feel a bit annoyed. There is a constant bombardment of heckling from fellow players, chants familiar to any veterans of little league baseball (“Saaaa-winnng batter batter batter”). Furthermore, each batter has a theme song that plays as he/she walks to the plate to bat.
These range from 1950s rock and roll songs to some Latin music, to a very Rugrats-esque song. Add to that the various other comments of the players, and a fairly incessant babble of the commentators, and you have a game with some very full sound. Again, the sounds are pretty nice, but I can imagine them annoying parents after a couple of games.
All things considered, I’d say this game is a good choice. The interface is extremely easy to navigate, and the details are there to grab kids’ attention. There is no violence, or anything else a parent would want their child to avoid.
It will teach kids about baseball, and keep their attention for a while. The only problem is that it can hold their attention a little too well, so parents don’t get a diversion. Keep Visiting PCFREENOW For More Action PC Games.
System Requirements of Backyard Baseball 2001 Game
- OS: Windows 7 (64-bit required)
- Processor: Pentium II 266 MHz or equivalent
- Memory: 32 MB RAM Required
- Graphics: 4 MB DirectX-compatible video card
- DirectX: Version 8
- Storage: 500 MB available space
How to Install Backyard Baseball 2001 For Your PC?
- Extract the file using “Winrar”.
- Open the “Backyard Baseball 2001 Game” folder.
- After installation, click on the “Backyard” icon to play the game. (Pre-Installed Game)
|File Size: 344 MB