Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. 48
    This game had serious potential amongst fans of the genre, but Eidos and Paradox have totally sacrificed depth and mechanics and put out true garbage.
  2. While Backyard Wrestling certainly has qualities that could make for an interesting wrestling game, Don't Try This at Home is so unpolished that it's far more of a chore than a pleasure to play.
  3. About as fun as being hit in the face with a chair. [Holiday 2003, p.44]
  4. The cartoony violence, blood spills and redneck appeal of Backyard Wrestling’s rural locales and colorful cast of characters wears thin quicker than the time it took its equally-shoddy sequel to come out.
  5. 40
    There's some shocking stuff, but nothing exciting happens. It's just like watching Jerry Springer. If you've seen it once, you've seen it all.
  6. 35
    The hardest part about reviewing this game is that it is so fundamentally awful it is hard not to want to give it the lowest score possible.
  7. There are many reasons to be appalled by this game, but it all starts with a poorly designed game engine that's spazzy to the point of near unplayability. [Dec 2003, p.100]
  8. Seriously, don't be tempted to suffer through this painful experience. [Jan 2004, p.56]
  9. This game stinks like raw, untreated, sewage. The gameplay is short lived, repetitive, and poorly balanced.
  10. 30
    Compared to most wrestling games, the movesets here have been whittled down to almost nothing.
  11. Try hitting your head against a brick wall for about half an hour instead.
  12. Sadly, the sloppy controls and graphics make the game about as fun as a blow to the brainpan with a spiked bat.

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