Mower Ride iPad Review
Every red blooded American male wishes he had a huge backyard. The extra property not only comes in handy for throwing family BBQs, but also justifies owning a ride on lawnmower, a gas powered instrument of destruction that leaves behind chewed plants in its wake.
Sadly, not everyone will have the privilege of commanding one of these testosterone (and gasoline) filled vehicles, but at least there's Mower Ride, the enjoyable iPhone and iPad App from Vivid Games.
Viewed from a top down perspective (and with the device held vertically), the game challenges you to guide a ride on mower through various backyards, through forests and across the highway while avoiding obstacles.
The primary goal is to travel as far as possible; the game records the distance. To do this, though, you'll need to collect energy boosts, which double as fuel, to keep the mower from launching its unnamed rider into orbit.
Doing this takes a bit of skill, since you must physically tilt the iPhone/iPad left and right to navigate around swimming pools, rocks and through picket fences while ramming other lawn mower riding maniacs into walls and trees, all the while keeping a close eye on the energy level.
Power-ups, thankfully, offer a much-needed assist, such as the turbo boost or magnet that attracts energy.
On the downside, Mower Ride can get a little choppy, which makes controlling the mower a bit frustrating. We also don't see a need for in-app purchases. Don't make us pay for an eco-engine (decreases energy usage) or grind for several hours to earn the requisite number of coins to buy it.
That aside, the game's quite entertaining and definitely worth $0.99, especially if you can't afford a cool lawnmower or love cutting the grass so much you cannot resist doing so digitally. If that's the case, we have some work for you.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
What's Hot: Addictive grass cutting play, lots of detail, solid tilt controls, only $0.99.
What's Not: A little choppy, silly in-app purchases.