Something I always find satisfying in games is making grass disappear. It could be weeds in Stardew Valley, lines in Tetris, guts in Viscera Cleanup Detail, or chunks of scrap in Shipbreaker. If I can clean up a mess, or turn a pile of something into a pile of nothing, I’m happy. So when I heard about Lawn Mowing Simulator, a game about making grass disappear, I was intrigued.
In the words of developer Skyhook, the game “explores the Great British countryside and invites players to ride an authentic and expansive roster of licensed lawnmowers as they manage their mowing business.” Sounds like a pretty standard sim, mixing a simulated job with business management. But as far as I know, mowing lawns is a first for the genre.
A playable demo is available right now as part of Steam Next Fest, but it might be gone by the time you read this. I spent some time with it today, and like many sims, I found the experience oddly soothing. There’s something deeply satisfying about buzzing around these idyllic English gardens, giving unkempt lawns a trim. You can almost smell the freshly cut grass as you play.