Review: Backyard Football
Company: Humongous Entertainment
Requirements: 133 MHz PowerPC, System 7.5.3, 4x CD-ROM
Well, I was hoping to review Madden 2000, however, this game is just as cool! I enjoyed playing it. I enjoyed playing it with my kids. My kids enjoyed playing it with each other. Scott, my three-year-old, enjoyed playing it by himself.
Some of you may be familiar with Backyard Baseball, and from what I hear, the Backyard gang is back! You start out in the Clubhouse and pick your team.
Okay, I stacked my team with three NFL players, or at least, three NFL players as kids. The game comes with eight NFL players total. The players also come with their own trading cards.
I even got to create my own player
And then you play the game. When I could get my kids away from the computer, I chose single player, which gave me mouse control over the entire game. Two-player mode is a little different—one player gets the mouse, while the other player gets the keyboard. For me the keyboard wasn't as efficient; I preferred the smooth and easy mouse to the arrow keys. This may be a personal preference.
Remember when you were a kid, and you played street football? That's the feeling I got with this game. It's five-on-five and is played in a variety of weather conditions, on many different fields. I was surprised there wasn't a playing field set on a street. After you choose your field and weather, Sunny Day and Chuck Downfield provide commentary of the game.
After the kickoff, I was on offense. You're provided with a simple playbook with 12 plays, however you can alternate those if you want.
You can even create your own! I was a bit taken aback that my created plays were not saved from one game to the next. Of course, the plays that I created didn't work all that well, so maybe that was for the best.
I did manage to score a touchdown.
And got a really nice end zone dance from Barry Sanders. I managed to find a way to lose the game, however. But that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it. Okay, so I'm ten years old again.
I recommend this game to anyone who has kids that are interested in football. My reservations aside, they'll have hours of enjoyment. Of course, you need to be careful if you have only one computer because you might not be able to use it again.