Let’s Golf! 3 review (iOS / Universal)

August 13, 2011

“Well I don’t believe in what you do
and I don’t believe in what you say
I don’t believe in you
You got to pay the price if you want to play”

10 word description: 3rd instalment of franchise. Multiple modes, courses, upgrades and IAP.

A cheerful Gameloft rep explains how you only get 5 goes. Thanks mate, that's great.

10 word review: Beautiful, bloated, often laggy and unresponsive. Ruined by pay-to-play.

Of course there's an option to unlock with cash. Just don't.

You will like this if you enjoy: Golf games where you have 5 goes and then either wait for hours or dip into your iTunes credit. I know, you couldn’t make this stuff up.

It's gorgeous, I'll admit that.

The good news: It looks great and there are loads of courses, upgrade items and options to change your golfer’s appearance.

Earning skill points allows you to improve your golfer's stats

The bad news: The frequent lag, particularly the spikes when you’re trying to set power or accuracy during a shot, are quite irritating. The complete downer, the reason this game should fail spectacularly,  is the incredibly stupid continual “pay-to-play” money-making scheme, whereby you have energy points that are used up whenever you play or retry a hole. You can’t progress in standard mode with any result under par so a session often consists of playing only two or three holes. Your options then are simple; wait about 5 hours (or overnight, which is marginally less annoying) or pay to buy more energy points in order to carry on playing. I haven’t done the maths, but the IAP packages go up to £34.99.

The misery of a bogey is very real, thanks to the cock-awful use of energy points and real money

Arcadelife verdict: If this game had been priced at Gameloft’s normal level, or slightly higher, it would have been a great game to buy, even with the lag. As it stands, some kind of exercise in futile greed, I can only recommend downloading it if you have the space to spare (774mb installed) and either a phenomenal amount of patience or way more money than sense.

Phew, this game stinks

Arcadelife rating: 5/100, because they seem to like the number 5.

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.0
iTunes link

Gameloft website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
iPad (OS 4.3.5)

One comment

  1. hi there wow wont let you play demo on all levels and stick in sneeky cost soo i play only if i have enough for a round or too but i got this game becuase i liked the milky way corse they showed on app store that is bad news now i can never reach my level of 70 for milky way can any other golf game maker make a space golf game

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