Golfstacle! review (iPod/iPhone)April 18, 2011
♫ “Everybody hits it farther than me
Just 8 more strokes then I reach a par 3”
10 word description: Traditional overhead view mini-golf. 3 courses. One or two player.
10 word review: Clean, gimmick-free courses. Polished, fairly tough mini-golf challenge.
You will like this if you enjoy: Mini-golf games, of which there are rather a lot on the app store…
The good news: The fairly serious looking courses are, for me at least, a welcome change from the forced wackiness of many recent mini-golf games on the iOS devices.
The bad news: [Update] Version 1.2 has addressed the two main issues I had in the original review – the control method has been completely changed so that the game is now fundamentally playable, plus two unlockable courses have been added to what seem like a very limited 18 holes. So there isn’t too much bad news left…
Arcadelife verdict: This is a great example of an update completely turning a game around. What was initially a fairly unplayable game, due to unpredictable and annoying controls, is now a genuinely challenging and addictive mini-golf game. The addition of two new (unlockable) courses can’t be anything but a good. There’s now also a lite version if you’re still unsure.
What I originally said: The shot power problem is directly related to the ball-hitting method. The swipe stroke is to be applauded as an attempt to use the touch screen in a positive way, but it just doesn’t work well enough. I’d recommend adding an optional control method involving a power meter and some kind of angle setting. Tragically unoriginal, I know, but it works and people are used to it. That control method has been completely replaced by a directional arrow that also serves as a power-meter, thankfully!
It’s really encouraging to see this game being fixed at a basic level and vastly improved. Three courses feel much more like a full game than the original 18 holes. The Arcadelife rating has been increased from the original score (50) to reflect these improvements.
Arcadelife rating: 80/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.2
Golfstacle! website link