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The Lawnmower Man (DOS)

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Description

Based on the 1992 feature film, The Lawnmower Man is a collection of minigames based on the revolutionary virtual reality sequences seen in the movie. The plot parallels the central conflict - the player controls Dr. Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) as he heads into cyberspace to confront the psychotic digital god Jobe (Jeff Fahey) he has created.

As the ruler of his digital domain, Jobe shifts and manipulates the virtual world into a series of challenges to test the player. These range from digital IQ tests, chase sequences requiring precision timing for jumping and ducking, and a tunnel flight as one of the virtual jets from the movie. Characters from the movie are also digitized by Jobe into willing henchmen, and must be defeated by the player in a series of quick time events.

All of the sequences are pre-rendered and streamed off the disc as movie files. Despite the computer-generated visuals, the game itself technically functions like an interactive movie (i.e. the graphics are not being drawn by the player's computer in real-time). Therefore, all the limitations of an interactive movie are still in play. Controls are extremely basic for each minigame, and failing to hit the right button at the right time generally switches to a lengthy "game over" video with no branching paths.

Screenshots

The Lawnmower Man DOS Killed in cyberspace
The Lawnmower Man DOS Opening exposition
The Lawnmower Man DOS Finally, the game over screen, and the progress
The Lawnmower Man DOS Running away from the lawnmower

Alternate Titles

  • "Der Rasenmäher-Mann" -- German title

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User Reviews

One of the most insanely horrible games ever made. Adam Luoranen (78) unrated

The Press Says

MikroBitti Apr, 1994 82 out of 100 82
High Score Apr 16, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Power Unlimited May, 1994 6.8 out of 10 68
PC Gamer May, 1994 67 out of 100 67
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 1994 63 out of 100 63
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1994 31 out of 100 31

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Trivia

Releases

The Lawnmower Man was originally released as a single CD, 32-color game. The game was mostly rendered in 'draft' mode, having ragged edges on all the 3D models. The full 256-color, 2 CD version was later released featuring movie clips from the movie running in-game on boards floating around the levels.

The reason they released the first version with 32-color graphics: the development team thought that a 1x-speed CD-ROM wouldn't load fast enough if the files would be larger. What they overlooked was that at the time of release, there were nearly no single-speed drives anymore.

SEGA CD version

The PAL version of the Mega-CD release had the wrong country code, and would not play in European consoles. Unsold versions were quickly recalled, and the game eventually became one of the rarest Mega CD titles that were released at some point.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #42 Worst Game of All Time
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1995 - Worst Programming in 1994
Information also contributed by Luis Silva, Macintrash and phlux
Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2156) added The Lawnmower Man (DOS) on Feb 23, 2000
Other platforms contributed by ^LutheR^ (115)