After having been on Steam for two years, Grass Cutter: Mutated Lawns is finally coming to other platforms, including the Switch. And if you want to know we can already tell you this will be allot more fun actually mowing the lawn.
Let’s start off with an actual fact, Grass Cutter: Mutated Lawns is a sweet little game that won’t keep you busy for the rest of the year. It is a smooth, reaction-based puzzle game with a story that is just as short. You are a lawn mower, you can buy new lawn mowers (and cows!) With in-game earned currency, “gears.” The story is literally that a few scientists have developed a remedy that should make grass grow better. Of course this was all wishfull thinking and grass monsters were created in the process.
As a lawn mower you have an apparently simple task, you have to mow the lawn. In the beginning that is as simple as it sounds. You drive around as a lawn mower (or cow) that cannot stop and steer your mower so that you leave everything neatly behind. You will also encounter various obstacles such as mud, water and fences. So far everything is easy to understand. But after a number of levels of introduction, the puzzles come forward more and more. The puzzles get pretty tricky quite quickly, especially after the addition of the monsters.
The puzzles in Grass Cutter are not that difficult in themselves. They range from creating a path to the other side by pushing boxes into the water to evade or eliminate monsters and thus mow the last piece of grass. You will find the solution fairly quickly, but implementing it quickly becomes more and more difficult. You do get help after a while thanks to a new lawn mower, with new powers such as an electricity wave, which is a very welcome addition.
The frustration comes around the corner in the later levels where you will be busy with a level for a longer time. If you are systematically busy solving the puzzle and meanwhile mowing the grass professionally and also dodging the monsters, you probably understand things can get quite hectic. But because the mower always runs, unless you hit yourself against a wall, it is quite difficult to get the timing right. At the same time it is a very nice feeling when you complete a level. It is, however, extra frustrating if you can mow almost the last bit of grass and then die because you have a head-on error and you run into a monster.
Grass Cutter has 60 regular levels and also a secret level (which I have not found) and a “master mode”. For the 6.99 euros that the game costs, this is quite a bit of content. As I said at the start, this is not a game that will keep you busy for a long time. It is a decent challenging game to complete the story mode in once you get used to the levels and puzzles, and since you know the answer to the puzzles is it sadly less interesting to come back to.
But if you want to continue with the game after the story mode, the regular levels are enough to pull your hair out and cheer if you make it. If you are so good at the game and have achieved all 60 levels, you can still put your teeth into “master mode”. In it you have infinitely many random levels with a monster that constantly follows you. The challenge is great, but practice makes perfect. You will notice that you are getting better at it.
Although there are only 3 songs that play continuously in the background, I must say that the same music is secretly very good. There are 2 tracks, a dance track and a guitar track and during boss battles there is a modified track. The music is constantly on and is pretty nice in the beginning. After you have played the game for a few hours, the tracks are annoying. I turned the music down after playing the game for a while, since it made me focus more in the puzzles and action that happened on screen.
At first it seems as if the game originated directly from Minecraft. The same magnified pixels adorn the game. Precisely because the game is not extensive, it is more an addition than a fault. The characters have enough, uh, character and everything in the backgrounds is clear and detailed enough.
Grass Cutter: Mutated Lawns is a fun short game. Perfect for those who want to take on the challenge of playing a fun, fast-paced puzzle game. The frustrations are not high enough to put the game aside, but in the meantime the challenges are high enough to keep you busy. Grass Cutter does feel more like a mobile game than a console game. Yet it is still an excellent game for its price and quality it offers.
Grass Cutter: Mutated Lawns is a fast-paced puzzle game that will challenge and frustrate you, yet it will also make you happy and determined to mow that grass like you’ve never mowed before!