Desktop Running Back

Officially announcing the release of a new game, “Ebscer’s Desktop Running Back“. The simple (but fun) football game is based upon Mattel’s handheld football game, but for you to play right on your computer.

  • Download here

    Further questions answered in the FAQ. For any comments, further questions, or feature requests for version 2, please leave a note in the comments.

    Also feel free to join the facebook group dedicated to this game…

  • Some XP users will need to download the .net framework from Microsoft.

    FAQ — Desktop Running Back

    Expanded help and Frequently Asked Questions for Ebscer’s Desktop Running Back…

    What is the error about needing a .net framework?
    Some XP users will need this, download it from Microsoft here.

    How do I control the Running Back?
    Use the arrow keys.

    I tried the arrow keys, why is it still not working?
    You have probably worked on something else. Click on the Running Back to re-activate the keyboard.

    I just got tackled, now what?
    Press space or Enter to start the next play.

    No matter how hard I run into the line I can’t manage to break any tackles…
    Nope, and that’s not going to change. The Defence are very good tacklers, I would suggest running around them.

    How do I run around the Defence, they seem to take up the whole screen…
    I would suggest draw plays. Start your turn going lateral instead of charging straight into the line. Patience is critical to success in this game.

    Why can’t I get the Running Back to run backwards?
    The running back only goes left, right, and forwards. That’s it.

    Why are you too lazy to program the Running Back to go backwards?
    It was actually more work to prevent the Running Back from also going backwards.

    So, I’m still not sure why I can’t go backwards…
    It’s against the rules. Live with it.

    How do I throw a pass?
    You don’t. It’s not a running back game for nothing.

    Hasn’t Tomlinson thrown for like 10 TD passes?
    Yes he has, but that wasn’t in a video game now was it? You don’t even have any Wide Receivers to pass the ball to.

    Yea, where are all my Wide Receivers, and Offensive Linemen, and the rest of my team?
    I’m not sure, but it doesn’t appear likely that they will show up to help you anytime soon. Looks as if it’s all up to you.

    Wait, Why am I suddenly running for the other team?
    You turned the ball over and it’s the other team’s turn. Ideally you’ll have a friend take over and play for the other side.

    What if I don’t have any friends?
    That’s ok too. Just play for both sides, trying to pull off the long run is still just as fun…

    Can I kick the ball? Punts?
    No, only noobs punt.

    This is too easy, How do I get more of a challenge?
    Go to Options on the score board and adjust the Difficulty.

    How do I control the Defence?
    You don’t, the computer takes care of that for you.

    Why do all the defencemen look like they are Running Backs carrying the football? Did someone just fumble five footballs onto the field?
    I’m not an artist. At least it’s better then a bunch of little red dashes.

    If I can draw some better graphics for you would this be fixable?
    Yes it would. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some better graphics from somewhere (maybe you!) for Version 2.0 of the game.

    There is going to be a version 2?
    Yes there is. Hopefully featuring better graphics, save/load options, and more difficulty settings, as well as a few other things.

    Where can I get version 2?
    Look for it hear on this blog. Expect it around late January.

    Any chance that version 2 will feature full NFL rosters, realistic physics, a full 3-D environment, and the ability to draft new players?
    No, go buy yourself a copy of Madden 08.

    Do I have to pay money in order to play Desktop Running Back?
    No, but if you want to send me money anyhow that would be cool…

    Is it too cheap to give someone this game as a Christmas present?
    Yes, it’s a free game so it would be. Feel free to tell people about the game though…

    I want to tell all my friends about this game, but I am to embarrassed to actually talk to people…
    That’s ok! I’ve set up a facebook group just for you.

    My computer is telling me the game might be a virus, what do I do?
    This program is safe. Some scanners may question it because it is an executable, but downloading and running this program will not harm your computer.

    Why can’t I play this game on my mac?
    Because the game uses Microsoft’s .NET framework. Do yourself a favour and go buy yourself a copy of XP.

    How about Linux?
    Check out something called mono, supposedly that should work. However, I can’t say that I’ve actually tried it.

    How was this game created?
    I wrote this game myself in C#

    What was the inspiration for Desktop Running Back?
    The game was inspired by Mattel’s Classic Handheld Football game.

    Didn’t Mattel make a sequel that included the ability to run backwards, throw, and other cool stuff?
    Yes they did. Although more realistic, the game wasn’t as fun and actually gave you less options each play. No time will be wasted trying to recreate that version of the game…

    Is there an option to run the game on multiple monitors?
    No, Mike, there is not.

    I still have a question?
    Ask in the comments, I’ll answer it as soon as possible.

    What if I have a bug to report or a feature request for version 2?
    As long as you arn’t asking for the ability to throw the ball, leave a note in the comments.