"Hole in One Golf" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 1999 by Natsume. It is a sports game with Golf being represented. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The gameplay attempts to accurately reflect a golf game but comes across as being poorly designed. A typical golf game would be presented with an top to down perspective, but instead Hole in One is presented through a side perspective which looks out on to the course. This can make aiming the ball extremely difficulty, and to further facilitate the difficulty there are no visual markers and directional suggestions to hint at where the ball will travel or land. The game becomes very much a title of trial and error throughout play. Also seen as difficult is the animal implementation in play. In the odd event that a player hits a ball with perfect alignment it can be disrupted for seemingly no reason by bears who rush out from the woods and strike the ball back towards the player. This makes the game unnecessarily frustrating and downright annoying. There are a total of three courses to play in this title but I never found myself playing past the first.
The graphics for this title are admittedly acceptable. The detailing is generally acceptable though does show some slight pixelation, especially against the player's facial region when attempting to apply costume attire. The sound is, however, of a poorer standard and only features one musical composition which repeats itself after each play. I opted to play this game in silence because of this attribute.
Overall, I would not recommend Hole in One Golf to prospective buyers. Around the same time the much superior "Mario Golf" was released for the Gameboy Color console and is of a much higher standard than this title.
They don't have the catagory for Microsoft golf on here (that may change) so I have picked the next best catagory to write me review of Microsoft golf: ANd what a game! For such an early PC game (my version was bought out in 1993!!!!) The graphics are excellent, the game speed (running speed) is quite awesome, and the sounds, for a game of that age, are almost unbelievable! OK so a golf game quickly loses it's appeal, after you play the only course 5 times... but once in a while, it is worth pulling it out of the CD rack, and reminding yourself exactly how far ahead of it's time this game is. It was my first ever CD game ya know! Came free with my first ever CD ROM drive back in 1993, you remember, when it was a real novelty to have a cd drive??? Ah the memories!