Parents' Guide to

Backyard Sports: Rookie Rush

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clean, simple kids' football sim with a fun story.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

perfect for tweens and younger ages

i think that this is just going to be just the best game ever i love it

This title has:

Too much violence
Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Backyard Sports: Rookie Rush is another phenomenal entry from what is arguably the best sports series out there for young kids. The franchise's new focus (which began with Sandlot Sluggers) on storytelling and original characters, rather than gimmicky child versions of pro athletes, continues to reward players with a fabulously fun experience. The graphics are clean and colorful; the commentary is very funny; and the controls are smooth and easy to use. Gamers looking for a deep, detail-laden football experience should stick to true-life sims like Madden NFL 11, but in terms of pure entertainment value, Rookie Rush has definitely got what it takes. Sure, the playbook is pretty shallow, and the cartoony power-ups seem like an unnecessary gimmick, but the fun factor is undeniable. It would have been nice to see a little more variation from the format of the Sandlot Sluggers game, but the similarity between the two is actually mocked as an in-game in-joke. And that kind of humor only makes the game more likable.

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