- “Kid” versions of 31 Major League Baseball stars, 30 Backyard Kids, and a Create-a-Player option
- On-field pitching, batting and fielding options
- Practice, pick-up, single game and seasonal modes
- Power-ups, drafting, stat-tracking, four skill levels, choice of game length, 12 fields, and more
Backyard Baseball 2003 is designed to offer the deep features and honest gameplay of baseball games aimed at older audiences, but in a “kid-friendly” style more appropriate to a casual neighborhood “pick-up” game. This third installment of Backyard Baseball for the PC developed by Humongous Entertainment features four difficulty levels (tee-ball, easy, medium and hard), 6- or 9-inning games, optional fielding errors, and a dozen fields, including four new to Backyard Baseball 2003.
Cartoon-like “kid” versions of real Major League Baseball stars include Nomar Garciaparra, Sammy Sosa, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Barry Bonds among others. A total of 30 “Backyard Kids” and 31 real players are available. Gameplay features include setting lineups, getting pitching and batting power-ups, positioning players, pick-up games, seasonal play, single games, computer-controlled games, and all 30 Major League Baseball team logos. A create-a-player function allows you to customize your own kid-player by name, nickname, face and skills.
Game rules combine elements of MLB, Little League and “pick-up” games, such as no substitutions (everyone plays), no leading off, game length, unchangeable batting order, bunting allowed, and so forth. Other features include a save feature (available in season mode only), tracking Top Ten league leaders in a wide range of statistics, selectable pitches, varied batting stances, and pitcher and hitter strategies.