Atari has released two new games for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Backyard Baseball [App Store] and Backyard Soccer [App Store]. The two games cost $0.99 each, but based on our initial gameplay, they may not even be worth those prices.

Backyard Soccer

Welcome to Backyard Soccer! Joey is ready to play some soccer. In three rounds of exciting soccer action, help Joey pass the ball to his open teammates and score as many points as possible. Use the touch pad to pass the ball to the three teammates as the defenders attempt to stop you from scoring. Careful though! A missed pass or goal costs you as many points as you could have gained. Keep your high scores and hand off the game to your friends to see if they can put up more points than you!

Gameplay involves no player movements. Simply tapping on one of three of your players results in a corner kick which is deflected towards the goal. Opposing players scroll up and down the screen to block your shots. Very simplistic gameplay.

App Store Link: Backyard Soccer, $0.99

Backyard Baseball

Dmitri built a batting simulation in his back yard! Join him in some Backyard Baseball as you attempt to hit the coded targets. Each one will earn you a different hit: a single, double, triple or a home run. You have three innings to get as many runs and points as possible. To keep your skills sharp, the targets will reset as you work your way through the innings and doing well brings up fewer and fewer to aim at -- just to keep you on your toes! Keep your high scores and hand the game off to your friends to see if they can put up more points than you!

Gameplay simply involves tapping on the screen to strike the automatic pitches. Tap early and the ball goes towards the left. Tap late and the ball goes towards the right. Depending on which icons you knock over, you earn different types of runs (single, double, home run). Very simple gameplay.

App Store: Backyard Baseball, $0.99

While both of these titles seemed very promising, after spending a brief amount of time with both games, it's hard to say they are even worth the $0.99. Despite their themes, both games are very simple representations of their respective sports.

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  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    Thanks for that Arn- I know not to bother now.

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    Thanks for that Arn- I know not to bother now.

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    Thanks for that Arn- I know not to bother now.

  • http://www.screensenvironment.blogspot.com Zakai Hamilton

    I bought Backyard Baseball and really liked the graphics and the animations. I think of it as visual candy for the same reason I bought kroll. There are some games like Imangi that I buy for the puzzle part and there are relaxing games for the mind like krolll and backyard baseball that are 'sweets for the eyes'.

  • http://www.screensenvironment.blogspot.com Zakai Hamilton

    I bought Backyard Baseball and really liked the graphics and the animations. I think of it as visual candy for the same reason I bought kroll. There are some games like Imangi that I buy for the puzzle part and there are relaxing games for the mind like krolll and backyard baseball that are 'sweets for the eyes'.

  • http://www.screensenvironment.blogspot.com Zakai Hamilton

    I bought Backyard Baseball and really liked the graphics and the animations. I think of it as visual candy for the same reason I bought kroll. There are some games like Imangi that I buy for the puzzle part and there are relaxing games for the mind like krolll and backyard baseball that are 'sweets for the eyes'.

  • http://digitaldrops.com.br Nick Ellis

    What a waste, this had the potential to be a great game in the old school Sensible Soccer tradition.

  • http://digitaldrops.com.br Nick Ellis

    What a waste, this had the potential to be a great game in the old school Sensible Soccer tradition.

  • http://digitaldrops.com.br Nick Ellis

    What a waste, this had the potential to be a great game in the old school Sensible Soccer tradition.

  • http://www.piku.org.uk James

    That's not Atari... they died in the mid 90s :-(

  • http://www.piku.org.uk James

    That's not Atari... they died in the mid 90s :-(

  • http://www.piku.org.uk James

    That's not Atari... they died in the mid 90s :-(

  • Tkphotograph

    If this anything remotely similar to the old backyard games, then this will make my day...

  • Tkphotograph

    If this anything remotely similar to the old backyard games, then this will make my day...

  • Tkphotograph

    If this anything remotely similar to the old backyard games, then this will make my day...

  • http://www.cnsoccerjersey.com Richard

    i think Atari is good at process for the game, the pictures looks good, the game may be good for playing

  • http://www.cnsoccerjersey.com Richard

    i think Atari is good at process for the game, the pictures looks good, the game may be good for playing

  • http://www.cnsoccerjersey.com Richard

    i think Atari is good at process for the game, the pictures looks good, the game may be good for playing

  • Ryan

    Why don't they just make a backyard baseballlike the computer games I would buy those.

  • Ryan

    Why don't they just make a backyard baseballlike the computer games I would buy those.

  • Ryan

    Why don't they just make a backyard baseballlike the computer games I would buy those.