A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You manage of team of kids. The Backyard Kids are both girls and boys and represent all races.
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Pro athletes are represented as kids and the NBA logos are used for teams.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is a great way to introduce kids to playing sports in video games. The controls are particularly easy, making it a good fit for children ages 6 to 10. As kids select their team to manage, they can choose kid versions of pro athletes including Paul Pierce, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, and Yao Ming.
Is It Any Good?
This game works well as an introduction to playing sports video games because the controls are easy. Minor annoyances include repetitive comments by the color commentators, limited dunk moves, and the inability to do much on defense. On the plus side, the sound reflects the ambiance of a real game, and the chatter is amusing.
It's just plain fun to play with pint-size versions of the pros on over 10 different courts with real NBA team logos and uniforms, three levels of difficulty, and with or without a friend. You can even unlock new players and bonus items -- in one, you can make players' heads expand. Don't be surprised if this game turns your mild-mannered kid into a boards-crashing hoopster.
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