Backyard Skateboarding (2004) PC

  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2004
Metascore
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No score yet - based on 2 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
Buy On
  1. Like all Backyard sports games, Backyard Skateboarding is made expressly for kids, and it therefore has adorable animation and easy controls.
  2. Computer Games Magazine
    80
    Quotation forthcoming. [Mar 2006]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jun 14, 2016
    4
    Updated Review: This entry to the Backyard Sports Series is one of the more unique cases in the regard that it isn't a ball game the kids areUpdated Review: This entry to the Backyard Sports Series is one of the more unique cases in the regard that it isn't a ball game the kids are playing this time. Yes, this time they are grabbing skateboards and throwing out a few bits of lingo that has been out of style by the time it came out.

    Nevertheless, my original critique of the game looked at it as a broken mess with few redeemable factors. I was wrong, there are levels in the game that have some idea of what they want to accomplish and game play is not broken. A child can play through the game in about three hours, sure. But in those hours he or she might find a bit of fun completing challenges and grinding all over the place.

    My biggest two complaints come from the PC's controls and wonky physics. The controls in that you use the C, V and B keys along with the arrow keys to pull off flips, grabs and grinds respectively. They can work for simple tricks, but more complicated ones will leave anyone mashing the buttons to pull them off fast enough. It isn't fun to do that unless you're trying to screw with physics and logic. Speaking of, you can use those controls to pull off feats like being able to jump continuously from a half pipe and being able to grind an infinite amount of time if you are able to become the master of Backyard Skateboarding controls like me.

    Any story to find here is minimal at best, Andy Mac and several of the backyard kids are skating around completing challenges so that a new skatepark can be built for them to enjoy. Complete challenges, beat bosses, put on a great show while your at it.

    I wouldn't recommend it to anyone except for Humongous Entertainment enthusiasts and the curious. It might be a good time killer to mess around with and try to see what rules can be broken, but I don't see anyone aimed at the target audience enjoying it more than the three hours stated previously.
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  2. Jskxk
    Apr 4, 2005
    10
    It rocks.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Dec 28, 2004
    4
    My 4 year old was so excited to get this game and try it out BUT it was pretty much a disappointment. My son loves playing Tony Hawk Pro My 4 year old was so excited to get this game and try it out BUT it was pretty much a disappointment. My son loves playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2/3 on the computer and I thought this would be great for him as the Tony Hawk series can get kinda tough for a 4 year old. This game kinda skews away from how Tony Hawk works which made it hard for him at first. One of the big complaints I have about the game is you cannot change your controller configuration and of course, the controls are laid out differently from the default Tony Hawk setup. I have a pretty standard gamepad (Microsoft Sidewinder) and the buttons assigned to it are pretty funky. With so many controllers available for a PC, I can't see how you can create a game without the basic functionality of being able to remap the controls. Also, controlling your skater is awkward. My son could move around better in Tony Hawk Pro Skater when he was 3 then he can with this game at 4.5 yrs. I REALLY wanted to like this game....but spend your money on Tony Hawk 2/3 which you can pick up for $5 - $10 now. Full Review »