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Backyard Sports
Backyard_Sports_Logo.jpg
Series Logo
Genres Sports
Developers Humongous Entertainment
Publishers
Platforms Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Android, Game Boy
First release Backyard Baseball
1997
Latest release Backyard Sports: Baseball 2015 and Backyard Sports: Basketball 2015
2015

Backyard Sports (originally branded as Junior Sports) is a series of video games released for consoles, computers and mobile devices. The series is best known for starring kid-sized versions of popular professional sports stars, such as Albert Pujols, Paul Pierce, Barry Bonds, Tim Duncan, Clint Mathis, Kevin Garnett, Tom Brady, David Ortiz, Joe Thornton and Andy Macdonald. The Backyard Sports series is licensed by the leading professional U.S. sports leagues: Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Soccer (MLS).

The series includes Backyard Baseball, Backyard Basketball, Backyard Football (American football), Backyard Soccer, Backyard Hockey (Ice hockey), and Backyard Skateboarding. In the games, players form a team consisting of Backyard Kids and pro players, which they take through a "Backyard League" season, attempting to become the champions. Players can create their own athletes, starting in Backyard Football (1999). Another aspect of the games is the use of Power-Ups, allowing players to gain "super-abilities". For instance, "Super Dunk" allows a basketball player to make an incredible dunk from nearly anywhere on the court, "Leap Frog" allows a football player to jump over the entire defensive line, and "Ice Cream Truck" causes the other team to be completely distracted for a brief period of time.

Some of these games are playable with the ScummVM emulator.

Games in the series

Title Released Developer Publisher Platforms
Backyard Baseball October 24, 1997 Humongous Entertainment Humongous Entertainment Macintosh, Microsoft Windows
Backyard Soccer September 24, 1998 Humongous Entertainment Humongous Entertainment Macintosh, Microsoft Windows
Backyard Football September 14, 1999 Humongous Entertainment Humongous Entertainment Macintosh, Microsoft Windows
Backyard Baseball 2001 June 6, 2000 Humongous Entertainment Humongous Entertainment Macintosh, Microsoft Windows
Backyard Soccer: MLS Edition October 3, 2000 Humongous Entertainment Infogrames Microsoft Windows
Backyard Football 2002 September 19, 2001 Humongous Entertainment Infogrames Microsoft Windows
Backyard Soccer
Junior Sports Football
September 28, 2001 (US)
November 3, 2001 (PAL)
Runecraft Infogrames PlayStation
Backyard Basketball October 30, 2001 Humongous Entertainment Infogrames Macintosh, Microsoft Windows
Backyard Baseball May 30, 2002 Game Brains Infogrames Game Boy Advance
Backyard Baseball 2003 June 7, 2002 Humongous Entertainment Infogrames Macintosh, Microsoft Windows
Backyard Football September 25, 2002 Torus Games Infogrames Game Boy Advance
Backyard Football October 10, 2002 Left Field Productions / Humongous Infogrames Nintendo GameCube
Backyard Hockey October 18, 2002 Humongous Entertainment Infogrames Microsoft Windows
Backyard Soccer 2004 March 18, 2003 Humongous Entertainment Infogrames Microsoft Windows
Backyard Baseball March 31, 2003 Humongous Entertainment Infogrames Nintendo GameCube
Backyard Football 2004 September 4, 2003 Humongous Entertainment Atari Microsoft Windows
Backyard Basketball 2004 September 4, 2003 Humongous Entertainment Atari Microsoft Windows
Backyard Hockey October 9, 2003 Mistic Software Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard NBA Basketball
Junior Sports Basketball
September 4, 2003 (US)
November 19, 2004 (PAL)
Humongous Entertainment Atari PlayStation 2
Backyard Baseball March 23, 2004 Humongous Entertainment Atari PlayStation 2
Backyard Baseball 2005 June 22, 2004 Humongous Entertainment Atari Microsoft Windows
Backyard Hockey 2005 September 21, 2004 Humongous Entertainment Atari Microsoft Windows
Backyard Basketball September 22, 2004 Mistic Software Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard Skateboarding September 27, 2004 Humongous Entertainment Atari Microsoft Windows
Backyard Skateboarding October 4, 2004 Full Fat Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard Baseball 2006 March 16, 2005 Game Brains Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard Skateboarding - Kids Game of the Year Edition October 4, 2005 Humongous Entertainment Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard Football 2006 September 20, 2005 (Windows)
October 4, 2005 (PlayStation 2)
Humongous Entertainment Atari Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
Backyard Football 2006 October 18, 2005 Torus Games Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard Sports: Baseball 2007 June 12, 2006 Game Brains Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard Sports: Baseball 2007 September 5, 2006 (PlayStation 2)
September 11, 2006 (Windows)
April 3, 2007 (Nintendo GameCube)
Game Brains Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard Sports: Football 2007 September 26, 2006 Torus Games Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard Sports: Basketball 2007 November 14, 2006 Mistic Software Atari Game Boy Advance
Backyard Sports: Basketball 2007 February 13, 2007 (PlayStation 2)
February 20, 2007 (Windows)
Game Brains Atari Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
Backyard Basketball September 25, 2007 Mistic Software Atari Nintendo DS
Backyard Hockey October 9, 2007 Mistic Software Atari Nintendo DS
Backyard Football 08
Backyard Football (Wii)
October 16, 2007 (PlayStation 2 and Wii)
October 23, 2007 (Windows)
FarSight Studios Atari Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Wii
Backyard Football October 23, 2007 Torus Games Atari Nintendo DS
Backyard Baseball 09 March 25, 2008 (Windows)
June 10, 2008 (PlayStation 2, Wii)
FarSight Studios Atari Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Wii
Backyard Baseball 09 October 23, 2007 Mistic Software Atari Nintendo DS
Backyard Football 09 October 21, 2008 (PlayStation 2, Wii)
October 29, 2008 (Windows)
FarSight Studios Atari Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Wii
Backyard Football October 21, 2008 Torus Games Atari Nintendo DS
Backyard Baseball 10 March 27, 2009 (Wii)
April 28, 2009 (PlayStation 2)
FarSight Studios Atari Wii, PlayStation 2
Backyard Baseball 10 2009 Mistic Software Atari Nintendo DS
Backyard Football 10 October 20, 2009 FarSight Studios Atari Wii, PlayStation 2
Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers May 25, 2010 HB Studios Atari Microsoft Windows, Wii, Xbox 360
Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers May 25, 2010 Powerhead Games Atari Nintendo DS
Backyard Sports: Rookie Rush October 20, 2010 HB Studios Atari Wii, Xbox 360
Backyard Sports: Rookie Rush October 20, 2010 Powerhead Games Atari Nintendo DS
Backyard Sports: Baseball 2015 February 6, 2015 Day 6 Sports Group, LLC Fingerprint Network iOS, Android
Backyard Sports: Basketball 2015 February 6, 2015 Day 6 Sports Group, LLC Fingerprint Network iOS, Android

Film

In 2016, it was reported that Cross Creek Pictures and Crystal City Entertainment were developing a film based on Backyard Sports with Brian Oliver and Ari Daniel Pinchot producing.

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