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Backyard Baseball 2001 is a big hitter designed for kids. Young cartoon-animated announcers, Sunny Days and Vinnie the Gooch, mimic typical baseball commentators with a gently amusing style while the baseball game is played. Players pick everything from team members to the positions they play. A balanced juvenile mix of neighborhood personalities and real cartoon-style baseball stars appear on the screen ready to play ball. You can make educated selections by reading brief descriptions of batting, running, and fielding skills about each 'neighborhood ' kid. The actual baseball players are easily spotted by the team logo on their cap and jersey. Click on the official card button and get all the genuine baseball card statistics on each particular star or select the player's picture to hear a few amusing comments. Backyard Baseball 2001 is played in a variety of down-home settings. Will it be Cement Gardens or Tin Can Alley today? Your choice.
There are four difficulty levels to choose from- T-ball, easy, medium, and hard. Backyard Baseball 2001 can be a two player, one player vs. computer, or totally controlled and played by the computer. There is also an option for Online playing but we did not attempt this. Players can elect to play a single game, championship, or series. Need more practice? Try batting practice with a junkyard style robot named Mr. Clanky's Pitch-O-Matic. When your team is in the field, players select the type of pitch - Big Freeze, left hook, Heat, groundball, etc. and where the pitch placement ends up. Once your team bats, competitors control the timing of the batter's swing. The team in the field can be repositioned en masse to the right, left, or further out / closer in. Additional aids include a star appearing under the player with the ball, a green circle predicting where it will land, and a blue circle directing where you want the ball thrown. A click of the mouse can make your baseball player stay on first or attempt second base. Voices chant "batter, batter, batter" softly in the background just like the real thing. Don't worry. "You kids are playing like little crazy monkeys" is as strong as it gets. Occasional crazy pitch choices, trophies, and the juice indicator denoting your team's accuracy and motivation level are little extras added to spice up the mix.
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium 166 or faster 5 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM , 4X CD-ROM drive. .return to top of page
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