There are essentially two categories of lawn mower games: real-world lawn mower games and Internet-based lawn mower games. When racing real lawn mowers, the goal is generally not to mow as much lawn as possible, but to drive to a finishing line. In online games, the goal is often to cut grass and beat a timer, but there are also online games that focus on racing lawn mowers. The rules and goals of these games can vary significantly from region to region, with some countries taking lawn mower racing more seriously than others. For example, in the United States, there is an official lawn mower racing association.
When racing real mowers, home lawn mowers are generally not used. Racing mowers do not have blades meant to cut grass, nor do they resemble a lawn mower meant to upkeep a lawn. For safety reasons, racing mowers are often made with parts taken from commercial mowers or purchased new, until the final product is a speed machine that meets the safety guidelines outlined by a competition.
Many lawn mower racers do not race for profit, only for fun and sport. Occasionally, a competition gives money to everyone who competes to cover the competitors’ racing expenses and increase the chances of people entering the competition in the future. Other competitions do give money to winners, but this amount is usually insignificant compared to more popular sports. Lawn mower racing is a niche hobby that draws a relatively small crowd and therefore usually has few sponsors because of low advertising potential.
Less dangerous lawn mower games are ones that are Internet-based, but these are primarily meant for young children. There are hundreds of games based on lawn mowers, coded by both freelancers and large mower companies. These games have difficult goals, obstacles, and rules. For example, a lawn mower game meant for kids might have several lawns to mow, and the gamer must avoid barking dogs, flowers, and other everyday obstacles someone might run into when lawn mowing.
Other online lawn mower games are meant for older kids and have more extreme obstacles. For example, the gamer must navigate the mower through fire and other extreme obstacles. These games are usually considered adventure games, but there are lawn mower games that focus more on strategy. The vast majority of online lawn mower games are free to play because of how niche the market is.