Backyard Baseball 2005

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Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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A great baseball simulation for kids.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this baseball simulation, which blends competition and whimsy, includes a diverse group of "neighborhood kids."

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Parent of a 7, 9, and 11-year-old Written byLibbyN April 9, 2008

My kids have worn out their disk

This game is the most played game we own--in fact, my kids would rather play this game than watch TV. We started with the first Backyard Baseball and have owne... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bylrthomp April 9, 2008

Lots of fun for young baseball fans

Our son, 9, loves this game, as do our neighbor's boys, ages 5,7, and 10. The graphics are relatively unsophisticated, but the kids don't seem to mind... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bybrowniebissy April 9, 2008


Amazing game for all
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

BACKYARD BASEBALL 2005 can be played on the PC (Backyard Baseball 2005) or PlayStation 2 (Backyard Baseball). It is not your traditional baseball simulation. The players are kids, and some are even kid-versions of baseball stars including Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Delgado, and Sammy Sosa.

The pitching and hitting do not always follow your baseball expectations. While you can choose to deliver traditional pitches, you can also throw wacky ones, including the \"Splitball,\" which sends two curveballs at the batter -- one of which is fake. Fielders will go crazy when batters use the \"Pinata Bat\" that turns the hit into dozens of bouncing baseballs.

Is it any good?

The players are all kids who are as diverse as the American youths who will control them. When little Vicki Kawaguchi comes up to bat, she pirouettes her way to the plate. Marky Dubois plays with a pet frog in his overalls. Kenny Kawaguchi is in a wheelchair.

New to these editions are 3-D graphics and more challenging gameplay. Hardcore baseball fans might find the game too whimsical, but younger kids and the average sports fan will find Backyard Baseball to be a hoot.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the players. Do you prefer to play as one of the neighborhood kids, or as a young version of familiar baseball stars? Why? What's the appeal of playing as someone well-known?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $20
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atari
  • Release date: August 31, 2004
  • Genre: Sports
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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