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A decent golf game.
Author: B. Hodges | Date: 2003/03/11 | Rating: 7/10


Introduction

Golf was one of three games from T & E Soft released for the Virtual Boy. It is the only golf game that was released for the system.

Gameplay - 8/10

This is a golf game where you can play either stroke play or in a tournament. In stroke play, you can chose any hole to play by yourself. In tournament mode, you play against 47 computer controlled opponents in an 18 hole round of golf. The courses themselves are nicely designed, but there is only the one 18 hole course. Fortunately the game gives you passwords allowing you to save your progress. There is no two player mode, but this is Nintendo's fault for not releasing the link cable.

Play Control 6/10

T & E Soft decided not to use the standard three button press shot formula that most golf games use. Instead they came up with their own innovative design. You press A to begin your shot and start your power meter. You press A again to stop the power meter. A giant golf ball will then appear with a dot moving across it. This is the point of impact indicator. The object is to stop it with A when it is in the center of the ball. Hitting in the ball in the center causes it to go straight. Hitting the ball even a little bit off center will cause your ball to curve. This control scheme takes a while to get used to and even then can be frustrating. Innovation is nice, but they should have stuck with the tried and true shot scheme.

Story - N/A

Being a golf game, there is no plot and it doesn't need one.

Graphics - 8/10

For a VB game, it has pretty good graphics. The scenery is very nice, but the trees do suffer from the cardboard cutout look. Golf has a fair amount of 3D effects. There is a good 3D effect when the ball is hit and the camera follows it.

Sound - 8/10

This game has pretty good sound for a VB game. The music is very good and fits the game well. The sound effects are decent, particularly when the ball goes in the cup. There is also some digitized voice, including crowd sounds.

Playing Time/Replay Value - 7/10

There are two main ''problems'' here. The first is the fact that there is only the one 18 hole course, most golf games include at least two. Secondly, the game doesn't save your scores and records. The main reason that you play golf is to try to improve on your score, so you will have to write them down.

Buy, Borrow, or Avoid? - Buy

This is a pretty good golf game, the only sticking point is that it takes a while to get used to hitting the ball. This game makes a great addition to any Virtual Boy library.

Overall Score - 7/10

Overall this is a good golf game. Hitting the ball can be frustrating, but once you get used to it, this is a very enjoyable game.