Since 1992, Humongous Entertainment has been a main stay of entertaining and educational games for children. Millions of Moms and Dads have shared the adventures of Pajama Sam, Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Spy Fox and all the great Humongous characters with their early learners and elementary school age children. Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers, released on X360, Wii, PC and NDS, is the first children's sports game developed after Atari decided that the Bakcyard series, which has been developed since 1997, needs to be thoroughly refreshed. Pc Backyard Baseball '09 is the most recent game in the Backyard Sports franchise. It features David 'Big Papi' Ortiz on the cover, and boasts new play modes, such as Home Run Derby.
Genre: Childrens, Sports
Release Year: 1997
Developer: Humongous Entertainment
Publisher: Humongous Entertainment
Age Rating: Everyone
Playability Status: Perfect
Tested On: Windows 10 x64
Availability: Copyright retained - Out of print/unavailable
Baseball is a hugely popular sport in many countries, including the USA and Japan. Here in the UK however, it never really caught on. In school, we play a similar game called “Rounders”, which is frankly a stupid name well worthy of ridicule. There have been lots of computer simulations of Baseball, but Backyard Baseball is specifically aimed at children. In the game, the player will need to pick and manage his or her team of neighborhood kids and take them up all the way to the Backyard Baseball World Series. The original game (which we’re covering here) was released in 1997 and went on to launch a successful series that’s still going strong today.
Installing and playing
The original Backyard Baseball is a 16 bit game which means it cannot run natively on more modern versions of Windows. You could install a Windows XP virtual machine and play the game there. Rather than doing that however, you may wish to use ScummVM instead. ScummVM is a special program that helps older adventure games to run. Now, you’re probably thinking “a baseball simulator doesn’t sound much like an adventure game”, but remember this is a children’s baseball game and so has a few similarities to a point and click adventure game. Because of this, it’s supported by ScummVM and easy to run on modern machines.
To run the game with ScummVM, simply copy the entire contents of the games CD-ROM to a convenient location on your PC, then point ScummVM to the folder. There’s a comprehensive tutorial here that takes you through all the steps in detail.
There are no CD audio tracks to copy, so once the CD is copied and ScummVM is configured and options set to taste, you’re good to go.
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Home Run Park
Imagine a game where the players play for the love of the game, not the money. A game where multi-million dollar contracts are unknown. A game where everyone gets to play. Imagine a game just like it was with the youthful innocence of a child. This, my friends, is Backyard Baseball. Backyard Baseballtakes you back to when you were a kid, when baseball was a game, and the team was hastily put together among the kids in the neighborhood.
Playing for Real
Humongous Entertainment reached back into the past and captured all those childhood memories of baseball and digitally assembled them into this game. All the details that make the memories real are here - from the kids taunting the pitcher to the child with the asthma inhaler. Do you remember picking teams, taking turns picking from the best players until only the bad players were left? Do you remember picking someone's little brother because his big brother was a good player? It's all here. Nothing was left out.
Players choose from fields such as the sandlot, the urban parking lot, and the rich kid's backyard. Pitchers throw crazy pitches such as the 'Elevator' and the 'Crazy Ball.' Background ambient noises and the taunting by the opposing team add to the rich atmosphere that you can almost smell.
Everything about this game is charming and cute.
Swing and Miss
Gameplay includes all the necessary elements. Pitchers choose the pitch as well as the placement. Hitters swing at the ball and can even see the strike zone. Fielding is accomplished by clicking where you want the ball thrown, and running is as simple as clicking in the direction you want the runner to advance. Everything is here, and everything is easy enough for kids. The pace is a little slow, but not too fast for children. Each batter has a distinct personality - from the boy who hops to the plate to the girl who says 'my game is really tennis, anyway' when she strikes out. I was extremely impressed with all the details of each character.
I have a few complaints about the game. This game doesn't install any files to the hard disk - everything is run from the CD. For some reason, each swing of the bat causes the CD to be read. This makes the animation choppy and the mouse click to hit feels sluggish and unresponsive. While the game is playable with this problem, it makes hitting the ball a little difficult. Instead of getting better the more balls I hit, I never really improved. I think this is because I never was able to time when I hit the mouse button and the player started their swing. That little delay when it read from the CD just ruins the hand/eye coordination.
I tried copying the entire 270MB of CD data to the hard disk to see if that improved performance (note: this is not an option in the install menu, I just copied it by dragging the contents of the CD into a new folder on my hard disk.) It did speed up the game somewhat, but the batting problem didn't improve significantly.
I also encountered one bug: I hit a ball that bounced infield, then over the fence for what should have been a double. The announcer even stated this was a double, but the runner advanced only to first.
Worthy of Praise
This game is terrific and has all the elements of a Gold Medal winner. But I can't do it. The delay in clicking the mouse and the batter swinging the ball just ruins it for me. I still like the game a lot and highly recommend it, but a Gold Medal is for games without such evident flaws. I guess I'm mad because this should have been corrected. Even a little play testing would have shown that this was a problem. Instead, we are left with what could have been a 'Game of the Year,' but instead fails to deliver on one very important game element.
This is still an outstanding game and I recommend it strongly.
Review By GamesDomain
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Comments and reviews
i love this game
is this legit ??? can i really download it
a great GAME!!!!!!
im jeff hello2020-09-11-3 points
I cant get it but i have it on my grandpa's computer.
how do I play I see no button?
ScummVM doesn't allow the files. Looks like we missed out boys...
Thank you so much for keeping this master piece alive on the internet. I used to play the hell out of this when I was younger. Feels good to relive the nostalgia again.
Dwayne 'the cock' Johnson2020-05-201 point
Wow! What an amazing game!
I wasn't alive. I'm bored
I love this game
ScummVM isn't seeing the files, and I can't run the ISO version on a 64-bit OS apparently. Can anyone help?
Connor Magline2020-04-15-1 point
This is cool
Can you play it on your macbook pro?
Doc K2020-04-03-1 point
Love this game as a big kid!
What do with ISO now?
i like this game because it has cominsens
faggy fag fag2019-09-241 point
i acually really enjoybthis game
I like it
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i like pickles
im dum2019-04-27-9 points
how do u download again xD
For those wondering what to do after downloading, extract the files anyhwere into your C drive (even their own folder) and then add the files through ScummVM and use that to play
does this require a cd?
I agree with wonderwoman, I downloaded it but its just a zip file with a bunch of other files. What do I do now?
The Unknown2018-05-03-5 points
Read the FAQ dude. BTW I found Backyard Baseball 2003 4free on www.pcgamefreetop.net
how do i open these files?
nice gamer2018-04-080 point
hello guys but this game is so amazing and addictive game hehehe
I downloaded the files but now what?
hello this game is so lit i love it its so cool of fun for a family
this game is awesome
I love this game!
tall tyler storm2017-07-117 points
best baseball video game
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