Teenage Lawnmower is a unique blend of action and business simulation. The official PR blurb says it all: "You're seventeen and your life is a living hell. Between your alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend you've got nowhere to go until one day the glistening metal exterior of the family lawn mower catches your eye and changes your destiny forever. Become an entrepreneur and change your fate in this humorous story-based 3D simulation by Seth A. Robinson, the twisted mind behind Funeral Quest and Dink Smallwood. Can you make money mowing lawns while helping your mom kick her alchohol (and possible drug) abuse? A twisted mix of simulation, interactive story and arcade action."
Sounds unique, right? Indeed it is. Although the game does have a 'meta' plot (i.e. helping your mother) that evolves as you progress, it is quite non-linear because you always have a choice of which jobs to take. At the beginning of the game, for example, you could mow the lawn at the cemetary, or the city park. The actual mow-the-lawn action is largely arcade-oriented: you control the lawnmower from an isometric 3D perspective, having to mow the entire lawn within the given time limit. You will find various power-ups that could make your job easier, including nitro-gas (boost your speed) and tools (repair damage). One of the best things about this game is that each lawn has its own challenges – when you mow the cemetary, for example, you can expect to run into undead monsters and various tombstones that block your way.
Excellent graphics, fun gameplay, and even a funny plot that unfolds as you play make Teenage Lawnmower another quality game from the creator of Dink Smallwood. Be warned, though: the time limit on some lawns may be too strict for the reflexes-impaired. If you love Advanced Lawnmower Simulator on the Spectrum, or just a refreshing action game, check out this great underdog that was well worth the registration price even before turning freeware. Thumbs up!Reviewed by: Underdogs