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Leaderboard (Classic Game)

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      23.10.2000 03:04



      As with all Amiga games you have to think in terms of yesteryear for their impact on the computer world at that time. In the early nineties the Amiga was way ahead of it's time and so were the games until the PC world not only caught up but passed in the mid to late nineties. Leaderboard was one of the early forerunners of the game of golf on the computer. Those before it were poor but were playable. Leaderboard brought computer golf to life. With a variety of courses modelled on the real thing to choose from a golfer could do his 72 holes without leaving his chair. There was even a means of designing your own course. You could play as a rank beginner where wind speed and direction was not part of the game nor was the lie of the green, right up to a professional where everything was in. In 3D format with sound effects sampled from real life, Leaderboard was the most realistic golf game when it first came out. The graphics were much more realistic with a variety of types and sizes of trees to enhance the view. Balls would bounce off the trees should you hit it at them. A nice touch was the shadow of the ball on the ground as the ball travelled through the air. Mouse controlled you could hook and slice your tee shot with ease except for the skilled. You could hear the plop as the ball dropped into a water hazard. And a near miss at the hole would bring an Ooooo! from the crowd. A close putt to drop in the hole would bring polite applause whilst a hole in one or a long putt to hole would bring a cheer as raucous as you would hear at Wentworth. You could play singles, doubles or a foursome and at the end of play you could print out your score card/s as proof that you really did get a hole in one. In it's day Leaderboard was something to have. I wonder how much better is the modern golf game on the computer? N.B. Thanks to everyone who informed me that there was a fault with the
      way my opinions were being displayed on their screens. That is every other line or so containing just one or two words. Just got word from DooYoo that it is their problem and they are working on it. jambutty.


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