Monday, November 4, 2019

Grass Cutter - Mutated Lawns (Playstation Vita) Review.


Have you ever wanted to play a game that's based on your fantasy of mowing peoples lawns for a buck, while your best friend's attractive mother brings you a nice tall cold glass of lemonade?  Well, this game is kinda like that, but without your best friend's sexy mother.  This is Grass Cutter for the Sony PlayStation Vita of all things.  Will this game be a blast or will it be less fun than watching grass grow?  It's a Sometimes You game, so it's bound to be one of those two things.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)




Story

N/A



Gameplay

Grass Cutter is a game where you have to mow peoples lawns while avoiding monsters and traps.  Once you've mowed all the grass, you'll move on to the next stage.  The gameplay in this reminds me of a mixture between Pac-Man and Rally-X.  Each level is also unique with different obstacles and grass placement.

The obstacles start off as being easy to avoid and you'll only have to worry about rocks and sprinklers.  As it progresses you'll run into some very annoying to avoid stuff such as water, sand, mutated grass monsters, robots, and giant mutated grass monsters.  Some of the hazards will drain your mower of its precious power, but you can collect items to replenish it.  Other monsters will just flat out kill you.  You can defend yourself with unlockable weapons and more power-ups that will spawn on the field.  Be warned, some of the bad guys can't be fully killed and they will re-spawn after a certain amount of time.

Beating a level in a good time will earn you stars, which will earn you money to unlock new mowers.  There's a lot to unlock and I did find some of the other mowers to be funny and useful.  For example, you can unlock a sheep that can drop poop bombs.  Controls are super simple, use the d-pad or left analogue stick to move the mower around.  I preferred to use the d-pad over the analogue stick because it was easier to make those sharp turns.  The other buttons are reserved for power-ups and certain ones use certain buttons.  Don't worry, the game will clearly tell you which button you'll need to press.

While I had fun with the game, the novelty wore off very quickly and the experience quickly turned into boredom.  The game does ad puzzle elements as it goes deeper.  One example is pushing boxes around to get to new areas.  Still, I had the urge to turn it all off and play something else.



Graphics

The graphics are simple with 3D models emulating the Crossy Road style of using 3D to create pixely models.  It's not bad looking by any means and it does have some fun and charm, but you'll get over that novelty quite quickly.  The animations are also very simple, but they are alright.  There was nothing wrong with it.



Sound

The music is very meh.  It's nothing but ultra generic rock and electronic music that's just slapped on over the gameplay.  It doesn't go well with the game and I recommend playing this one while listening to a good album, podcast, or stream instead.



Overall, Grass Cutter has a neat concept but it doesn't do enough to keep you sticking around.  I give this game a 5.8 out of 10.


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