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Backyard Football

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Backyard Football
Backyard Football cover
Humongous Entertainment
GT Interactive
Release dates
Windows 1999
Mac OS (Classic) 1999
Genres Sports
Sports American football
Art styles Cartoon
Series Backyard Football
Backyard Football on MobyGames
Backyard Football on Wikipedia
Backyard Football
Subseries of Backyard Sports
Backyard Football 1999
Backyard Football 2002 2001
Backyard Football 2004 2003
Backyard Football 2006 2005
Backyard Football '08 2007
Backyard Football '09 2008

Key points

Can be played on ScummVM.[1]
JrSN Online services have been shut down; see below.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Mac OS
A demo is available from ScummVM.
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements

Backyard Sports Online

Requires ScummVM 2.8.0 or later for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and Raspberry Pi.
One of the features may be unavailable (e.g. coach's statistics, news, and polls) in the new servers.

Disable Online Functionality

This will disable most discontinued online functionalities for the original interpreter, in that case if not using ScummVM.
Removes the DirectPlay legacy component requirement if running on Windows 10 or later if the dummy DPLAYX DLL is applied.
Apply dummy DPLAYX, replace FOOTBALL.U32 with modified version, and delete unneeded files
  1. Download dummy DPLAYX.DLL and put the file into the game directory
  2. Download this modified FOOTBALL.U32 and put in to/replace the old one in the game directory.
  3. If needed, delete BYMAIA.DLL, ROVER.DLL, UPGRADE.DLL, patchw32.dll, RESTART.EXE, football.esk, and football.mmz.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows C:\Windows\hegames.ini
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location

System Location
Windows C:\hegames
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game cloud syncing

ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM documentation for details.


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Game runs at 640x480.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Press Space , select "Options", then check "Display in Window", then click OK or press Shift+F5 to toggle (otherwise Alt+ Enter in that case using ScummVM)
On modern operating systems, it does not recognize the "Display in Window" option correctly.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Only available in ScummVM
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Required to navigate the menus.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
No direct support in ScummVM yet (instead controls mouse)
Full controller support
Need to use mouse and/or keyboard to pause and change game options or exit game.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
During 2 players with the other player using a mouse or keyboard


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Can only turn background music on/off
Surround sound
Only works properly in ScummVM
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
2 JrSN (Junior Sports Network) powered by Boneyards Online Gaming services have been long since shut down; see Backyard Sports Online.

Issues fixed

Players stuck at top-left during gameplay

If the FOOTBALL.U32 file is missing and/or the DirectPlay Legacy Component is not installed then you can't play the game at all and players will be stuck there forever.

Please refer to Disable Online Functionality.

Other information


ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Cavedog Boneyards

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Other 4x CD-ROM drive
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7.5.3
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 601 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Other 4x CD-ROM drive


  1. 1.0 1.1 Backyard Football - ScummVM :: Wiki - last accessed on 2019-09-22