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Thursday, August 24, 2000
Backyard Soccer Due in October
1:09 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Humongous Entertainment has announced yet another edutainment title due this Fall: Backyard Soccer MLS Edition. Based on Major League Soccer and the actual U.S. Women's national teams, this game spices up the normal soccer match with a few power-ups and lots of customizations. Here are details on this title, aimed at both children and adults:

Humongous Entertainment, an Infogrames, Inc. company (Nasdaq: GTIS), scores again with the upcoming release of Backyard Soccer MLS Edition, the latest entry in the best-selling and award-winning Humongous Sports CD-ROM series for kids. Backyard Soccer MLS Edition is the first title in the Humongous Sports series to feature both professional men and women athletes. Soccer fans of all ages will soon be able to dribble, pass and kick with junior versions of Major League Soccer (MLS) and U.S. Women's National Team superstars such as Cobi Jones and Brandi Chastain. Designed for kids ages 5 to 10, Backyard Soccer MLS Edition is scheduled for release in October.

"Just as with young boys, it's important that young girls have sports role models they can identify with on their own level," said Andy Hieke, general manager and senior vice president, Humongous Entertainment. "In Backyard Soccer MLS Edition, young girls will be thrilled to discover that some of their favorite professional soccer heroines from the U.S. Women's National Team will be playing right alongside the superstars from MLS, as kids of course."

Backyard Soccer MLS Edition marks the first time ever that children can interact and play alongside junior versions of their favorite professional soccer heroes as kids. Young coaches can choose from all 12 MLS team names and logos, and pick from the familiar cast of 30 neighborhood kids and 15 pint-size versions of Major League Soccer (MLS) and U.S. Women's National Team players to fill a team. Before hitting the field, kids can obtain pre-game training to perfect penalty kicks or goalkeeping skills in Practice Mode. Junior coaches can also customize their team name and uniform colors before they select from eight regular season playing fields, each with its own quirky characteristics and surface-specific physics. Outrageous "Power Ups" such as the Undergrounder, which dives underground and pops up somewhere else, enable players to execute unbelievable plays.

Watch for this title for Mac and PC at the end of October. Click through to the Humongous web site for more information on this and other titles.

Humongous Entertainment

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