How long has it been since you've changed the air filter?
Yes, this announcement was made back in mid-January. Yes, that makes us a few weeks late on coverage. But when a title sticks in my head this long, I feel it’s one we have to share. astragon Entertainment and Skyhook Games Studio will be bringing Lawn Mowing Simulator to Nintendo Switch on March 14, 2024.
It’s worth explaining up front that Lawn Mowing Simulator isn’t simply a digital recreation of your typical summer Sunday afternoon. It’s a business sim. It’s a fictional entry into the cutthroat world of community landscaping, set within the lush, green hills of the British Empire. Players will be tasked with hiring new employees, keeping an eye on finances, and purchasing new lawnmowers from brand names such as Toro (your editor’s brand of choice), SCAG, STIGA, and EGO. Each mower comes with unique challenges, accessories and upgrades.
I feel like astragon is missing the opportunity for a Nintendo tie-in by offering a Link mower. The blade is the Master Sword, and rupees occasionally pop up as the job gets done.
But anyway, here’s what you do get:
The missions take players to lively residential areas, the green spaces of charming country houses, the grounds of historic castles or huge equestrian fields. Each map presents an individual challenge that requires careful inspection of the terrain, the correct choice of blade height and monitoring of the engine load. In addition, accessories such as mulchers, strip rollers, recyclers, grass collectors and flail mowers add to the high level of realism. Lawn Mowing Simulator offers individual gaming experiences for every preference with the career mode, the exclusive Quick Mow Mode, which will currently only be available in the Switch version, and a challenge mode.
In the additional content “Dino Safari”, players are transported to the four enclosures of a dinosaur park whose lawns need to be carefully tended. In the “Ancient Britain” DLC, the green spaces of remarkable sites in Great Britain have to be maintained.
I know what you’re thinking. “Ancient Britain? I get to mow Stonehenge?!”
Well, maybe not exactly, but there’s still be reason to hope the Druids are decent tippers.
Lawn Mowing Simulator will be available digitally in a Standard Edition, while the Landmark Edition will get digital and physical releases. The latter offers the full game along with the aforementioned Dino Safari and Ancient Britain DLC packages. Both DLCs will also be available separately.
For more information on Lawn Mowing Simulator or to place your pre-order, visit the Nintendo eShop.