Humongous takes the lead

Infogrames' family-friendly game division takes first place on NPD's latest list of best-selling games with Backyard Basketball, its latest sports game, knocking Civilization III into second place.

Infogrames Entertainment took four of the top five spots on NPD Intelect's latest weekly list of best-selling games, boosted by sub-$20 prices on three of its four top sellers. The publisher's family-friendly game division, Humongous Entertainment, took the lead with Backyard Basketball, its latest cartoon-style sports game. The game, which was released in October, lets players build a championship basketball team, set its positions, and call the plays. It also features junior versions of professional stars Kevin Garnett and Lisa Leslie.

Infogrames' latest turn-based strategy game, Sid Meier's Civilization III, was knocked down to second place from first place the week before, while Electronic Arts' virtual-life game, The Sims, came in at number three. Backyard Football 2002, another value-priced sports game from Humongous, took fourth place, while Infogrames' popular theme-park management game, Roller Coaster Tycoon, jumped back into the top ten at fifth place with a $19 average price after dropping off the list the week before.

The list below ranks games according to number of retail sales. To see a list of games ranked according to their GameSpot review score, visit our Top Games page.

Best-selling games for the week of November 4-10, 2001:

Rank / Title / Publisher / Average price
1 / Backyard Basketball / Infogrames / $17
2 / Civilization III/ Infogrames / $48
3 / The Sims / Electronic Arts / $41
4 / Backyard Football 2002 / Infogrames / $17
5 / Roller Coaster Tycoon / Infogrames / $19
6 / Bob the Builder: Can We Fix It / THQ / $17
7 / Zoo Tycoon / Microsoft / $29
8 / Aliens vs. Predator 2 / Vivendi Universal / $40
9 / Dark Age of Camelot / Vivendi Universal / $39
10 / The Sims: House Party / Electronic Arts / $28

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