A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this baseball simulation, which blends competition and whimsy, includes a diverse group of "neighborhood kids."
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.
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