Backyard Baseball '10

Game review by
Alex Porter, Common Sense Media
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Kid versions of baseball pros play in simple sports sim.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages

All races and genders are represented in this group of "Backyard Kids" including a little boy who plays from a wheelchair.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that for kids from six to nine years-old, this is a terrific introduction to sports videogames. Simple and intuitive controls in a world where a diverse cast of kids play alongside child versions of pros, is sure to please everyone. What's more, there are plenty of features added to make Backyard Baseball 2010 engaging for parents, too.

User Reviews

Parent of a 6 year old Written byChiCat February 13, 2011

A fun game that's easy to play and enjoy and contains a diverse group of kids.

My soon to be 6 yr old son loves this game. I appreciate how diverse the kids are. Many ethnic groups are represented as are people with disabilities. Well thou... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bydude22 May 21, 2009

got game

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Kid, 9 years old June 16, 2009

What's it about?

New versions of Backyard Basketball, Football and Baseball videogames have hit store shelves annually for years on dozens of gaming platforms. And it's no surprise as the central, winning concept -- kids and pros (depicted as kids) playing together -- holds up year after year. And with more complicated "simulation" sports like EA's Madden and NBA Live franchises involving complex controls and plays, Backyard games are accessible fun for novices.

In BACKYARD BASEBALL 2010, players can pick from a roster of pros, a diverse assortment of Backyard Kids characters, or play custom-made characters. Modes of play include pro seasons, tournaments and All Star. Families will like that skill level can be adjusted for each player so everyone gets an appropriately challenging experience.

Is it any good?

Sports gamers 11 and older will probably want little to do with a game with such a childlike look and feel. They'll balk knowing there are more realistic baseball videogames available with far more depth and sophistication. But for families with young kids, Backyard Baseball 2010 is lots of fun and offers plenty of replay value in the multiple game modes and unlockabes.

Some touches like custom character and team creation (with created names announced during games), add to the fun. It would be nice, however, to see the graphics updated more and it's too bad no more than two players can compete; there are plenty of minigames that could easily be improved to accommodate more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about where all the pros included are from such as Japan, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. They can also discuss their favorite teams, players, and environments. There are also levels of competition in the game from minigames like home run derby to season play and tournaments. Families can talk about the differences between "friendly" games and more competitive, professional play. What makes them different in the real world?

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