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  • Summary: Backyard Wrestling allows you to step out of the the staleness of the wrestling genre, and into a groundbreaking new world of open ended gameplay. Punish your opponent in highly interactive sprawling environments implementing instruments of pain like thumbtacks, barbed wire, light bulbs, stop signs, baseball bats, tables, fire? as well as the environment itself. Prepare yourself to endure inhuman amounts of pain, and take incredible risks, as you leap from breathtaking heights to beat your opponent, and be crowned "The King Of Hardcore". [Eidos Interactive] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. 75
    We finally fulfilled our dream of beating guest stars Insane Clown Posse with a baseball bat. [Oct 2003, p.37]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. PeteM.
    Sep 13, 2003
    Brutal, exciting and totally entertaining.
  2. JayR.
    Apr 4, 2004
    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. Expand
  3. ChrisC.
    Oct 4, 2003
    This looks like the greatest game ever and i can't wait till it comes out........i also hope that rob van dam is an unlockable player.
  4. Juggalo
    Oct 12, 2003
    Twiztid and icp are in this game and there is blood and stuff what else is there to say.
  5. AJuggaloFan
    Nov 5, 2003
    Since this game, Backyard Wrestling, has my favorite two band, ICP and Twiztid, I think it's the coolest thing since toilet paper!
  6. Ezekiel
    Nov 7, 2003
    The game is great, I mean what other game lets you play as Twiztid, ICP, Rude Boy, and other JCW stars PLUS have some kick ass videos. This game will be top until JCW decides to release their own game. Expand
  7. WillD.
    Aug 2, 2007
    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. Expand

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