Made for PiCoSteveMo 2023.

Loosely based on the Wikipedia plot synopsis for Stephen King's short story "The Lawnmower Man" -- OK, let's be real, it's based on the 1992 "film adaptation" that King took legal action to get his name removed from.

Content warnings: blood, animal death.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(12 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8
TagsHorror, PICO-8, Singleplayer


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The scoring for this game was really rewarding. Even when I did badly, I was still having fun!


The interactive title/ending screens were an amazing touch! It would’ve been a great place to hide an easter egg. For the record, I totally copied your engine noise for Dolan’s Cadillac.

The site design’s juxtaposition of durp-Jobe and ripper cybergod Jobe is exquisite.


I love it! The gameplay is really fun and hectic, and all the levels are really beautiful and interesting. Very funny to be able to mow the text also.

oh yeah also I was completely destroyed by the mower sound, lmao


oh no I ruined the lawn so bad in the first level x)

very funny, that was great


Very impressive Pico-8 lawnmower noise


love, love the ending screens!

thank you!!


Very interesting, witty, funny, and yet very simplistic. Fun and relaxing game. I want more of this great madness <3


This was fun and challenging. Sometimes it was hard to get the exit to work. I don't know if I was approaching it wrong, or what.

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I should have explained better, but if there's a mole running around then you can't exit until you kill it! thanks for the kind words!

I thought so. But by the time I figured that out I had like, 5 moles on the screen and I really needed to go to bed! X-D


I had the same issue early on, but eventually pieced it together. Perhaps an audio & visual cue when you try to leave but a mole is preventing you from leaving? Play a “nunh-unh” sound and flash them red for a few frames?


that's a really good idea - I might have to go back and edit that in. I even have a "nuh-uh" sound that I use in the scoring mode!