Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. Crappy computer AI, and a very "vanilla" Create-A-Wrestler mode just doesn't put this in the same category as Smackdown, Raw, or Wrestlemania.
  2. 70
    It feels sloppy and looks simple, but from time to time the brilliance of the game design shines through.
  3. If you were a fan of Backyard Wrestling before the game then this title was made just for you. If you enjoy ultra-violent games like "Tenchu" or "Thrill Kill" then you will definitely want to play this game.
  4. As a wrestling game it is average at best, but as a fighting game it walks the line between average and good. "Real" wrestling fans will probably be disappointed because of the controls.
  5. 7 / 6 / 7 / 7 - 27 [Vol 801; 23 Apr 2004]
  6. 65
    Overly shallow in the mechanical department and not quite sure if it wants to be a fighting game or a wrestler, Don't Try This At Home isn't as fulfilling as it should be.
  7. They made the areas interactive and while it is cool to be able to use and destroy the areas you're fighting in, somewhere along the way they seemed to pass the reality factor of the whole theme the game was based on.
  8. Backyard wrestling is violent, bloody and mimics everything that makes the 'sport' popular, including the culture, music and even the violence... Unfortunately the game isn’t a whole lot of fun.
  9. Don't count on using this stuff the way it was intended, though. Unlike the routines real wrestlers choreograph, these matches are absolute button-mashing chaos. [Dec 2003, p.194]
  10. I can't put my personal feelings on crarpy games aside enough to recommend Don't Try This At Home to anyone but people who think that getting thumbtacks stuck in your ass and scalp are a fun way to spend a Saturday. [Dec 2003, p.148]
  11. If you strip away the seedy premise, the game shows promise of being a knockoff of Capcom's "Power Stone," yet it ultimately falls short of replicating the fun and intensity of the Dreamcast classic. [Dec 2003, p.168]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. WillD.
    Aug 2, 2007
    2
    This game is abysmal. After the (admitted awesomeness) that is hitting people with household objects wears off, you are left with nothing This game is abysmal. After the (admitted awesomeness) that is hitting people with household objects wears off, you are left with nothing more than an advertisement for the Insane Clown Posse. It has to be said that any game that can somehow make beating down on the horrorcore group with a 2x4 a tedious experience should be avoided like the plague. Full Review »
  2. JayR.
    Apr 4, 2004
    10
    This game is da booomb!!. If you like to play out of the ordinary you should try backyard wrestling. Fantastic moves, locks etc and the girls This game is da booomb!!. If you like to play out of the ordinary you should try backyard wrestling. Fantastic moves, locks etc and the girls in the videos are super hott. Full Review »
  3. DaveC.
    Jan 6, 2004
    9
    This game is f...ing awesome, whether or not you're juggalo. if you're down this game has much clown luv. if not, f.... you, butThis game is f...ing awesome, whether or not you're juggalo. if you're down this game has much clown luv. if not, f.... you, but you'll still like the game. the only problem was that the create-a- wrestler option wasnt very... well, creative. aside from that, if you like brutal no-rules brawling, you'll love this game. Full Review »