Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Lacks the necessary energy to keep the game moving, and instead relies on the gimmicky "fingerboard" to set itself apart. But as far as gimmicks go, it's a good one.
  2. Features fine graphics, a unique backstory, and atrocious controls.
  3. Spectacularly bizarre in a good way. [Oct 2001, p.148]
  4. The game is fun, but is ultimately held back by its non-responsive controls.
  5. If "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" is the American sitcom of skateboarding games, with predictable pacing and familiar set pieces, than Yanya is the genre's ridiculous Japanese anime, always ready to mess with your expectations of what the genre should be.
  6. 70
    Although its gameplay is derivative, Yanya Caballista’s ludicrous B-movie plot, wacky animation, and cartoon-inspired zaniness give it entertainment value.
  7. With the control totally screwed, graphics, sound, and other bells and whistles don't matter.
  8. While it bears a passing similarity to "Jet Grind Radio," the unresponsive and overly simplistic gameplay and repetitive mission objectives keep it from reaching the same level as Smilebit's innovative and engaging in-line skating game.
  9. 40
    Skateboarding fans stay clear of this one, unless you’re in a goofy mood, and you just want to play something entirely silly.
  10. It isn’t bad, just eccentric – perhaps too much for its own good. [Jan 2002, p.82]
  11. A limited trick set takes away from the power of the game. [Oct 2001, p.135]
  12. There simply is no other game like this on PS2, and that alone makes it an attractive -if somewhat expensive- $50 gamble.
  13. Its simplistic gameplay and utter lack of complicated mechanics make it far easier to pick up, but the shallow gameplay will be a turnoff to skateboarding game enthusiasts.

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