The Lawnmower Man

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a game by Time Warner, and Storm Sales Curve
Genres: Action, Shooting Games, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 6.2/10, based on 11 reviews
User Rating: 7.3/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Movie-based Games
  • # of players: 1 OR 2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: September 1994
  • No. of Levels: 6+
  • Theme: Action

The Lawnmower Man is an exciting new game which was taken from the blockbuster hit of the same name. You are Dr. Angelo and you are trying to overcome the minion of the dreaded Shop. The game has several different styles of game play which include several different virtual reality levels that are sure to blow your mind! Fly in your Cyber Suit through levels that pit you against some of the worst creatures of the virtual reality frame. Good luck to you as you race through this mind-chilling adventure!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

A side-scrolling SNES game with great graphics and intriguing game play is a cause for celebration (the last good one was T2: Judgment Day by Acclaim). Sales Curve/THQ's The Lawnmower Man has these elements, and it'll surprise a lot of gamers.

Lawn and Order

For Dr. Angelo and his human guinea pig, Jobe, virtual reality has supplanted the real world, and now both are locked in a life-and-death struggle for the information highway known as Cyberspace. In The Lawnmower Man, you play as either Dr. Angelo or Carla (Dr. Angelo's close friend and confidante) in the race to prevent Jobe from gaining the intelligence and the power he needs to rule Cyberspace.

To stop Jobe and his massive intellect, you need some intelligent weaponry. You come equipped with a gun, and you can pick up different power-ups for your weapon, along with Compact Discs for a body-protecting Virtual Cybersuit, Homing Bombs, and screen-clearing Smart Bombs. You need all these and then some to destroy a horde of virtual villains, including Virtual Chimps, VSI guards, ravenous guard dogs, and more. You fight through eight levels, including a Warehouse, The Shop, the Cyber Tube, and Suburbia.


  • At the beginning of the first stage, shoot while running, but beware of the last guard. He crouches as he shoots, and he'll most certainly kill you unless you jump.
  • To access Virtual Flying Portals, you must shoot them repeatedly until they flash green and the words "Access Granted" appear in them.

Each level has its own dangers and pitfalls, and strewn throughout are Access Portals. You must pass through these in order to move on to other sections of the game. Entering the Portals plunges you into a first-person-perspective flying game. The objective here is to fly past obstacles to the exit in one piece, but some Portals are Cyber War Zones, where you must knock off a specified number of enemies.

  • The easiest way to stay alive in the flying sequences is to use the L and R triggers to steer instead of the directional pad. Use the cross hairs in the center of the screen as a guide to aim your virtual self through tight spaces.
  • Power up your gun (use the A Button) and blast everything, including barrels. There are power-ups and discs hidden everywhere.

Computer terminals also pose a mind-bending problem throughout the game. When you reach a terminal, you must destroy it by playing a brain-straining aptitude game. Match numbers, shapes and sizes correctly and the computer self-destructs, unloading goodies and discs to aid you.

Grass-Kicking Graphics

The graphics in The Lawnmower Man are nicely detailed and well illustrated. Great attention was put into the details, like the heat waves surrounding the Flame Men or the small Laser Packs on the backs of the Virtual Chimps. The Virtual Flying sections are colorful, with great polygon- rendered graphics. The hands of the virtual flyer sticking out in front of the screen area nice 3D touch.

To get rid of the pesky grenade-launching guards that drive this car, simply power-up, shoot, and jump on the car when it comes towards you. If you see a guard lob a grenade, run to the opposite side of the screen.

The sounds are also well done. You hear every explosion, every helicopter blade, and every weapon charge with amazing clarity. There are some great voice effects too, like the computer warmly saying "Access Granted" in the sultriest tones imaginable. You may want to stay in Cyberspace for a while.

  • When shooting barrels, stay back a distance. Some contain toxic materials that explode on contact.
  • Watch out for manholes in the street. When a lid pops off a manhole, it could sail around the screen and kill you.

Controlling characters in this game is tricky, which juices the challenge up the difficulty scale. If you aren't wearing your Cybersuit, you can lose a life with one hit, and in most flying stages one collision with an object costs you a life. The flying sequences are the hardest to control, so be prepared for some fatal frustration.

After the second Portal, jump down to the street, move left, and you'll find a computer.

Mow Town Magic

Don't expect to walk through Cyberspace untouched. The game throws enemies at you like a chimp throws...well, anyway, it's no cake walk. So what makes this stand out from most side-scrollers? There's an intelligent mix of fun, surprises, and good graphics to make this a winner. Be prepared to play this one over and over again. Also be prepared to enjoy it. This is the most fun you can have with reality, virtual or not, so buckle up and kick some grass with The Lawnmower Man.

  • Manufacturer: Time Warner Interactive
  • Machine: Genesis

This side-scroller lets you fly through 'cyberspace' after blasting open access portals. It's OK, but not great. If you've got nothing better to do, get a friend and rent it.

  • Machine: SNES, Genesis;
  • Manufacturer: Time Warner Interactive; SCI

Hey, The Lawnmower Man holds a lot of promise. Even though it's basically a side-scrolling action game, it breaks things up with a few odd 'cyberspace' sections. As you run from left to right, you run across cyberspace portals. By blasting these open, you zip through a 3-D virtual world (well, sort of), and cross obstacles you couldn't otherwise get past. It's something of an interesting idea.

The Genesis version controls a little smoother than the SNES version, especially during the cyberspace sections, but other than that, it's basically the same game. The graphics are every bit as good, even given the smaller Genesis color palette.

It's not virtual reality, it doesn't even follow the movie that closely, but it's a solid action title. If it's a lazy day and you've got nothing better to do, bring a friend and check it out.

  • Theme: Action

Lawnmower Man is coming out for the Super NES, compliments of THQ. Play as either the scientist, or the young boy, and battle the government agents, the runaway apes and the Lawnmower Man himself.

The action is divided up between action sequences in the real world, and trips to cyberspace. In cyberspace the Lawnmower Man has set up traps to destroy you. He even has awakened inanimate objects in the real world, like gas pumps to kill you.

This is by far one of the most impressive games by THQ. The cyberspace scenes are intense. If you ever wanted to live out the movie, this is as close as you're going to get, Lawnmower Man has enough action for any player.

  • Manufacturer: Storm
  • Machine: Mega Drive
  • Theme: Action

Recreate all of your favorite scenes from the radical movie of the same name. While it's true that this game takes a few liberties with the film, they enhance the game play tremendously.

Try to take back control from the Lawnmower Man who has enslaved the computer matrix to his will. Fly through three-dimensional zones, through "nodes," and fight off computer viruses. You can also battle in side-scrolling action.

Lawnmower Man makes full use of the Mega Drive's power. The special effects will blow you away. As good as the Super NES version.

  • # of players: 1
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: 1st Qtr. '94
  • Theme: Action
  • Number of Levels: 12

Practically every system on the market is getting a translation of this hit movie! Here you must stop the now-turned-evil Jobe from taking over the communications of the entire globe! Experience all of the Virtual Reality programs that have been displayed on the movie and then meet Jobe face to face (literally) to seal him in the network from escaping! But wait! Do you think the game ends just like the movie? No way! Deal with Jobe five years into the future and solve the mystery of an even more powerful force known only as Doomplayer! Massive special effects abound as well as scaling, even on the GameBoy! Fans will love this one!

  • # of players: 1 or 2-players
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: December 1993
  • Theme: Action
  • Number of Levels: 12

Get ready for the ride of your life!

Here comes The Lawnmower Man by THQ. Developed by the folks at Sales Curve, this movie-to-game conversion is sure to be a big hit!

You can play the part of Jobe, or Dr. Angelo, as you attempt to overcome the minions of The Shop. It's even one-or two-player simultaneous!

Get into the game like never before with T'HQ's The Lawnmower Man. It will blow your mind as you experience the power of virtual reality!

  • Manufacturer: THQ
  • Machine: Super NES

Well the movie wasn't the greatest, and this game pretty much follows suit. The graphics are average but still OK, and the sound isn't the greatest, but the virtual reality sequences are eye-grabbing and must be seen.

As a movie, The Lawnmower Man exploded the limits of graphics technology. As a game, it will blow your mind with a dazzling blend of breathtaking 3D and blockbusting action.

It begins in the shadowy research agency known as 'The Shop'. Here, the brilliant Scientist Dr. Angelo uses Jobe, a simple The Lawnmower Man, as guinea pig in his Virtual Reality experiment...and creates a monster, transforming him into the superhuman CyberJobe who vows to dominate mankind. Now the race is on to destroy The Shop before can break out of their computer system and reach the global computer network, from which he will be able to control and manipulate the world's computers.

The movie that brought virtual reality to the big screen is pushing the boundaries of reality in a new SNES video game. Get set for a mind-bending experience as you cut through Lawnmower Man's 12 "virtual" worlds.

Growing Grass

If you don't know the story, Jobe, a neighborhood mower, gets caught up in Dr. Angelo's research, becomes his human guinea pig, and eventually attains superhuman powers from a unique Virtual Reality system. As Jobe, you experience five "virtual" gaming perspectives. You start in the side-scrolling neighborhood streets, which are packed with shooting thugs who cough up the Data Disks you need to get out of this unseemly world. You zoom on to fly and drive through gorgeous 3D levels, then twist and turn in overhead-view mazes. Simultaneous two-player action piques the challenge.

Lawnmower Man's graphics and sound could rival the movie's amazing special effects, especially the colorful and quirk rotating Mode 7 graphics. Clear, digitized opening sequences accompany state-of-the-art music to create a definite otherworldly ambiance.

Mow Better Game

Lawnmower Man looks pretty sharp.

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