Bonggamom's note: When 3Po saw that The Pea was getting her own guest review post, he insisted on doing one of his own. Since he's been enjoying Atari's Backyard Sports: Rookie Rush, a game for Nintendo DS that we were given to review last month, I decided to let him have a go at it. Given that he's 6 years old, I decided to let him dictate his review to me and type it out myself, otherwise he'd be typing till Christmas. I did give him some gentle prompts when his descriptions were too unclear or ungrammatical, or when he'd totally go off on a tangent (at one point he was talking about the snack he had been eating after a Rookie Rush session). Other than that, the words are totally his own. Enjoy!
My name is 3Po, and the game I'm reviewing is Backyard Sports Rookie Rush.
The game is about football. You control your whole team, and you play football against another team. There are playoffs, and you have to see if you can get to the finals and win (Once I got to the finals but didn't win, which was a bit sad. Getting to the finals was fun!) You have superpowers that you can use. The DS chooses which powers you can use in a game. Some of them are silly, like you can leapfrog over people, and you can make ice walls so that your opponents can't run anywhere, and you can become rock solid so that no one can tackle you. Some of them are really powerful, like the Twinkletoes power, where you can run really really fast, so you can go all the way to the touchdown.
One thing I like about it is that you cannot cheat, because there are only certain buttons that do certain things. Second, it is really like football, with tons of teams, and you can earn trophies. Also, I like it because you always when you get a touchdown, you don't just get one point, you get six points, and you can get an extra point when you want. Touchdowns are very easy to get, and you can even turn around and trick your opponent and make them go the other way!
One thing we kind of don't like (not reaaaaallly don't like) is that some teams are harder to beat than others, but then the thing that makes it kind of good is that you can choose how hard they play, at least for the not-so-good opponents.
I really like this game, and I would recommend it to a lot of football fans like people at my school -- Leo, Wes, Sam, Jonathan (not the Jonathan in my class, the 3rd-grade Jonathan) and Jack.
Bonggamom's note: Here's a description of the product from Atari:
The successful re-launch of Backyard Sports continues with the release of Backyard Sports: Rookie Rush in fall 2010. Fan favorite characters Pablo, Dmitri and Joey will play ball with new friends in this action-packed single and multiplayer Backyard Sports: Rookie Rush game which features 12 interactive fields and new even better turbo-charged power-ups. Expect non-stop fun with over 20+ hours of gameplay, 5 new, addicting mini-games, family fun mode, season, tournament and an original story mode. All designed to keep you on your feet and on the field.
Stunning Visuals: Bright colors and stylized graphics make this a beautiful game.
Super-Charged Power-Ups: Advanced tricks and surprises deliver explosive fun and excitement to keep the game one-of-a-kind.
Multiple Game Modes: Story, Season, Tournament and Quick Play.
Addicting Mini-Games: 5 new mini-games including Sack Attack and Target Practice.
Excellent Replay Value: Abundant features including story mode and mini-games will keep kids coming back for more.
Custom Character: Create your own character and pick your teams from original favorites to new players and also update your roster.
Disclosure: I received a sample game, but was not paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is clearly indicated as such. This review was dictated to me by my son; the views and opinions expressed here are his own.