Grass Cutter: Mutated Lawns – Xbox One Review
BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE THE GRASS TROLLS COMETH:
The one, the only, the game you’ve been waiting for: Grass Cutter – Mutated Lawns. Prepare yourself for a garden conflict, as you battle between beast and obstacle, cutting lawns with fierce accuracy and coordination. Are you able to take on the challenge? Can you mow the lawn and survive?? The future of the world is at stake…
The gameplay in Grass Cutter is more complex than you’d expect. I thought this game would a run of the mill puzzle game, but it actually has some depth to it. Your lawn mower requires energy to cut the grass, so you have to be as conservative as possible, trying to cut the grass as quick as you can. If you run over obstacles, your energy will dramatically decrease.
Once your energy is out, you can no longer mow the grass. At this point, you either have the option to restart, or spend a gear to try to attempt another go, semi refuelling your energy levels.
The game requires precise coordination and quick reflexes, as you swerve your way around the garden lawn.
Certain tiles will harbour different penalties. Water tiles are a no go zone, landing on one of these tiles will result in death and an immediate restart of the level. You’ll find tiles that slow you down, and cause all manner of problems if you manage to mow over them. The trick is to carefully avoid these tiles, which can prove to be quite difficult, especially when the monsters are introduced. A few levels in, you’ll be faced with monsters that will add another level of difficulty. These monsters will eat you alive and so precision is key.
Throughout the game, there’ll be opportunities for you to pick up gears in each level. These gears can be used for a range of things and are essentially the currency in Grass Cutter. You can spend these Gears on customizing your lawn mower. Choose from a range of different skins for your lawn mower at the shop. You can even purchase different models, from rabbits to llamas, deer to elephants, you can go wild with the amount of choices there are.
The music in Grass Cutter became annoying very quickly, I had to turn it off during gameplay which was arguably even more awkward. You’ll have cars or trains pass you by, on the outskirts of the map, which make terribly distracting noises every now and then. And it’s not the normal “swoosh” of the car go by, it’s a generic car horn sound effect. This, again, is begins to be incredibly annoying.
The performance of Grass Cutter was on point. Not once did I experience any sort of frame rate issues, and ran at a solid 60 fps. The graphics in the game are semi mediocre, they’re what you expect for an indie puzzle game.
Overall, I had a very mixed experience with Grass Cutter. It is a good puzzle indie, it’s definitely a game you shouldn’t take very seriously. Light hearted gaming with a hint of challenge, is how I’d best some up this game, with sometimes a sharp tip into the latter. It all depends on your timing and reflexes. I’d recommend Grass Cutter especially to younger players, who I would imagine would find this game fun and lighthearted. There’s no real negatives I had with Grass Cutter other than it’s repetitive gameplay. The music and sound design is slightly annoying, but other than that, it’s a game the whole family can enjoy.