[This week, Nintendo Enthusiast is sponsored by House Pixel Games]
Available now on the Switch, Mowin’ & Throwin’ puts you into the world of garden gnomes where lawn care is an all-out brawl. Competing in a round sounds simple: You just have to clear a larger percentage of your designated lawn than your opponents before the timer runs out. Winning, however, won’t be quite so easy. You’ll be facing off against gnomes armed with weaponized foliage and sabotage is the order of the day. You have the option to challenge opponents in either a 1 vs. 1 mode or you can enlist your friends for 2 vs. 2 matches. To get the upper hand and guarantee your grass is always greener than the rival team, you may want to get your hands dirty with some of these four comical lawn-themed tricks in the game.
Guide: How to Win at Mowin’ and Throwin’
In true couch co-op form, Mowin’ & Throwin’ pits you against your friends in either 1 vs. 1 or 2 vs. 2 matches of lawn domination. The goal is to prove your yard is, without a doubt, superior to your neighboring garden gnomes’ by mowing more of your grass before the countdown reaches zero. However simple the goal might be, Mowin’ & Throwin’ is all about giving you entertaining ways to disrupt your rivals on their futile push for glory. Sabotage and strategy are just as important as getting your own yard in tip-top shape.
A deceptively simple but vital way to slow down the opposing team in Mowin’ & Throwin’ is the humble rock. Falling from the sky at random intervals for your throwing pleasure, these rocks can serve you in versatile and increasingly fun ways. The straightforward strategy is to chuck it full-speed at a chubby-faced unsuspecting adversary. It is absolutely rewarding to see one of the humorously attired enemies laid out flat, briefly spoiling their plans. Dazed by your dastardly rock missile, they will have to abruptly halt what they are doing to spin their wheels for a moment and watch your team pull ahead.
Another, and more calculated way, to edge out the competition is to aim the rock not at another player, but to lob it in front of their heavy machinery. Each team is given a lawnmower which significantly increases their chances of attaining that perfect lawn. While that is great for you, you definitely want to disable the one being used across the fence. This is where the rock comes in handy. Toss the rock in front of the lawnmower to halt its progress. If you can time the throw just right, you can trap a lawn mower from moving forward or block off an essential area. This is only a temporary fix as the rock will soon disappear, but it might be just long enough to help in deploying some of your other strategies.
A bag of fertilizer is a serious trick to have up your sleeve while the enemy gnomes are distracted. Heaving a bag of this stuff onto your opponent’s yard will encourage a miracle growth of grass wherever it lands. They only downside is that it takes six seconds to activate. That’s plenty of time for your colorful combatants to neutralize its effects. However, there are ways to ensure it works. You can come together with your teammate to coordinate an attack with some other item first, or you can use the landscape to your advantage. Sun Tzu would be proud. While the most basic level sets both teams on a flat square field, you can manipulate some levels — like the Jungle Rumble level which is dominated by a bridge-wrecking totem — to block the other gnomes off from an area to get a good fertilizer barrage going.
Step on the Grass
Okay, so remember that the game gives you a lawnmower at the start of the round? Well, during the match you can transform it from a grass-cutting machine into your heavy artillery. This move will slow down your own cutting, but shooting bags of grass out of a tank driven by a garden gnome is hilarious. Used carefully, going on the offensive will stop your opponents and give you a ridiculously fun experience. The bags won’t spring grass to life or become an immovable barrier, but it can help you net a trophy in the Throwin’ Category at the end of the match. While clearing more of your yard is the main objective, Mowin’ & Throwin’ awards your antics as well as good yard upkeep, so keep that in mind and throw some things around.
The nuclear option of Mowin’ & Throwin’ is hidden behind a cheery-looking mushroom. Pitch this anywhere near your opponents to completely reverse their controls for a while. It’s hard to make any progress if you don’t know which way is forward. The great thing about these harmful mushrooms is they exude a little cloud after hitting the ground and anyone caught in it will be affected. So, aim carefully! You may get to see the entire opposing team become an uncoordinated mess. Its especially funny to time a mushroom throw when a rival gnome reaches a cliff in a level. In the sudden control confusion, they may push themselves right over the edge. The rival gnome will spawn back on the field eventually, but you’ll be breezing along on your perfect lawn in the meantime.
If you are looking to get into the yard sabotaging business with your friends and have a good time pulling out these mow-down tricks, Mowin’ & Throwin’ just came out for the Switch. It’s also available right now on Steam.