Sandlot Sluggers Video Game

by Jennifer Donovan

sandlotsluggersI received this new game to review on our Wii at just the right time. I was happy to introduce a new game, because the kids hadn’t been playing too much Wii (we seem to be feast or famine around here — they either play too much or don’t think of it as a way to entertain themselves at all).

I have a 6-year-old son who played his first year of Little League this year. He was familiar with the rules of the game from the baseball on Wii Sports. So I thought that he might enjoy some more virtual ball.

My daughter Amanda is almost 12, and not necessarily interested in baseball, but she was willing to play Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers with her brother. They figured out how to get the game going easily, and in fact, one positive trait of the game that they both mentioned is that it’s easy to figure out how to move. In other words, it’s intuitive, which as an old person trying to play some Wii games, I do not often find.

As soon as they started playing, I heard laughing. Major laughing. Well that’s good, right? Must mean it’s fun. I think that what they really liked is that you were allowed to steal, which is fun, and apparently humorous.

There are several options for play. If you are playing with someone, you can set the length of game you play, by setting the number of innings.

There’s a “story mode,” which Kyle likes because when you win, it gives you the ability to pick some of the winning players. Amanda didn’t like it as much, because “it takes a long time,” because you only play full games. However, as a parent (who would be spending the bucks to buy it if I didn’t have a review copy), I like the fact that my son will be on the story mode for a while — that he can’t just bust through it by playing shorter games and then be done with the game.

There are also some mini-games which my 11-year-old found to be too easy, but my 6-year-old likes.

All in all, we can recommend this game, and even better, we have one to give away to TWO of you (U.S. residents only). Leave a comment if you are interested, and we’ll announce the winners on July 10.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen June 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I’d love this game…or more accurately, my kids would love it!


2 CathyB June 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

This game would go over great with my 5-year-old!


3 Wendy M June 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm

My family love to play the Wii and we are always looking for fun new games. We would love this.


4 KelliB June 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Would love to win this and give it to my brother!


5 MamaGames June 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

We’d love this one. In our house, the screen rule is that from 6 pm Sunday through 6 pm Friday, the only video games are ~active~ Wii games like Wii Sports, Sports Resort, Wii Fit, dancing games, etc. We are always looking for a great new active game to add to our weekly lineup.


6 Mom24 June 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

This looks wonderful! I know my 9 and 7 year olds would have a lot of fun with it. Thanks for the chance.


7 Linda June 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm

My kids would LOVE this game! Thanks for the giveaway!


8 erin June 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

always lookn for a good wii game :)


9 Robyn - Mom All Day June 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm

What an awesome game! My kids would love to play that.
Thanks for the opportunity!

Robyn :)
Mom All Day


10 Beachcomber June 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm

My son would love this game epsecially since he loves playing baseball. Thanks!


11 Barbara Platt June 23, 2010 at 6:57 am

Both of my grandsons play baseball and Wii. They even made All-Stars this year. I know theywould love this game. They watched the Sandlot movie multi times when I bought it, They can’t get enogh of it. I think it led to their love of baseball.


12 cinni June 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

my kids would both love this – but especially my 7 year old son!


13 Terra Heck June 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

I think my boys would have lots of fun playing this. Thanks.


14 Sarah June 23, 2010 at 10:15 am

I think my son would love this game, especially if I magically pulled it out of the closet on a rainy day this summer!


15 LisaAnniePants June 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

What a fun game!!!!!!!!


16 Maria M June 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Sounds like a game my 7 yr old son would love to play! He’s played t-ball for the past 2 years and this year moved onto machine pitch, with actual wins or losses. His team even went into the playoffs and lost to the team that ended up winning the playoffs. He’s also a big wii fan – we like to borrow them from the library – much more economical, and a great way to try them out before buying to keep it!


17 Idaho Jill June 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

sounds fun, thanks!


18 katklaw777 June 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I am sure the kids would luv this one, thanks for the great giveaway!


19 nan lara June 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

my nephews would love this, thanks for the chance
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20 Kelly Ann T June 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

This would be fun for family game night and when the cousins come to play.


21 Sarah Pacilio June 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm

My daughter and I love to play some Wii thanks for the chance to win a new game :)


22 Marj McClendon June 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

There is a 9 year old grandson I know who would just enjoy this so much. Thank you for the chance.


23 Staci A June 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

It sounds like a fun game! My 5 year old is thinking of playing baseball next year, so I’m sure he’d love it!


24 Robyn June 23, 2010 at 9:13 pm

My kids would love this….my son plays coach-pitch and the Sandlot is one of his favorite movies…I know he would get a kick out of this game!


25 Brenda Rupp June 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Would love to win the game! dancealert at aol dot com


26 mary b June 24, 2010 at 12:48 am

My 6 yo would probably love this game as it seems right up his alley with the story mode, and may be easier than his older brother’s baseball games for Wii…and I think I’d like playing it too ;)
Thanks for the review & the giveaway!


27 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews June 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm

We love playing fun Wii games together as a family.


28 noreen June 25, 2010 at 12:39 am

my kids would have a blast with this game


29 Jessica T June 25, 2010 at 1:01 am

Always up for a new Wii game – my kids and I would have a blast!


30 Sherry June 25, 2010 at 10:54 am

My boys would love this game!!! Thanks for the giveaway…


31 Christine Jensen June 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm

My boys would love this game!! Thanks for the chance to win


32 Tiffany June 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

My oldest daughter just started getting into video games, especially the Wii. I’m sure she would just love this! Thanks for the giveaway! :)


33 Sara June 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

One of our favorite movies is The Sandlot. My son loves baseball and his little sisters are always trying to play the Wii with him. Sounds like something they could finally play together. Thanks for the review.


34 Steph June 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I would love to win. My kids and I really enjoy playing games on the Wii.


35 Liz June 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

We’d love to win a new Wii game! We are feast or famine also when it comes to the Wii or just about anything. Time to bust it out again!


36 Carols119 June 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Would love to win this. Thanks!!!!


37 kellys3ps June 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

My boys would love it!


38 Tomi June 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I’d love to win this for my kids. Great baseball fun that doesn’t involve possibility of breaking windows. *smile*


39 Nancy June 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Oh my boys would love this! I think I’ll be putting it on my almost 7 year old’s birthday list even if we don’t win.


40 Amy W July 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I love my Wii it’s great to exercise with and I am sure my little one and my niece and nephews would love to play this game instead of the regular Wii baseball


41 Lisa L July 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I’d love to win this cool game for my nephew!


42 Beth C July 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Would love to be entered! Thanks for the chance.


43 Melissa P. July 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Awesome! My son and I have been playing My Sims Agents. I have to say, I love the detective work. lol


44 Angel S. July 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I love Wii games. They are great for the whole family. Baseball is one of those all american pastimes too!


45 barb July 6, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Sounds like a great item to me! We love all kinds of games at my house. I wish I knew how to get more products to review for my blog too. I enjoy that doing that more than anything else.


46 Dena July 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

We love to play the Wii and my son, a baseball lover, would LOVE this!!


47 Dee July 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I would love to win this Wii game!


48 Debbie July 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

Would love this game for my grandchildren!


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