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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.


The Lawnmower Man SEGA CD Your avatar in the virtual world.
The Lawnmower Man DOS Part of the long death sequence where the lawnmower runs through you.
The Lawnmower Man DOS Trapped in cyberspace with Cyberjobe
The Lawnmower Man DOS More VR action

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Alternate Titles

  • "Der Rasenmäher-Mann" -- German title

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User Reviews

One of the most insanely horrible games ever made. DOS Adam Luoranen (93)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Mar, 1994 10 out of 12 83
MikroBitti DOS Apr, 1994 82 out of 100 82
High Score DOS Apr 16, 1994 4 out of 5 80
PC Joker DOS Feb, 1994 72 out of 100 72
Power Unlimited DOS May, 1994 6.8 out of 10 68
Score DOS Aug, 1994 67 out of 100 67
PC Games (Germany) DOS Mar, 1994 63 out of 100 63
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Jan, 1995 28 out of 50 56
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Mar, 1995 5 out of 10 50
Just Games Retro SEGA CD Jul 31, 2006 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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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.


  • 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
Contributed to by ^LutheR^ (124), Kabushi (227172) and Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2424)