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2D golf game for the iPhone - Stick Golf
Stick Golf (iPhone Application)
Member Name: julwhite
Stick Golf (iPhone Application)
Advantages: Fun to play
Disadvantages: A little repetitive after a while
This review is of the iPhone game, "Stick Golf", written by Jordan Schidlowsky.
In short, the aim is to hit a golf ball around a course, set out in 2D, in as a few shots as possible. The courses are not designed to be realistic, but instead require you to negotiate around the screen, past various obstacles such as cliff edges and water.
You work through the game by completing each course by par, or better, which then unlocks the next course. In total there are 16 different courses, a total of 144 holes as each has nine holes. There are four different course "packs", which have four levels each, and which are all included in the game's purchase price. The difficulty of the game increases as you progress through the game, although I found that some later levels were easier than some earlier ones.
If you're struggling to get through a course, to unlock the next one, then you can practice playing just one individual hole, so that you can find a better route through. The scoring system, which is just to unlock some minor extras, is a gold star for getting 10 under par, a silver star for getting 5 under par, or a bronze star for reaching par. If you want to make the game harder, you can turn the "wind option" on, but I always played in the easier mode!
I was fortunate to be able to get this game for free, during a period at the end of December 2010 when the game was reduced from its usual price of 59p. At the time of writing, the game is back to 59p again, but it might be worth watching out to see if it is free again for a while.
The sound in this game isn't great but is catchy enough, and the graphics are basic, but I found that they sufficed enough to enjoy playing. Controlling the game is easy, you direct the arrow where you want to hit the ball, then press the go button with the desired strength you want. It does become a little repetitive, but at least there are multiple courses.
In terms of difficulty, some courses can take a little while to play through. I found some of the courses with water hazards the most difficult as if you hit the ball into water, you get a penalty, which can soon mean you're over-par, and struggling to get your nine hole tally under par. I would suggest that children could play this game, but might become a little bored after a while.
I haven't received any updates to this game since I've had it, which is just a couple of weeks, but I noticed from reviews of the game on the iPhone that the game developers have been releasing extra courses for free.
I played this game on an iPhone 4, but the game developer states that it also works with an iPhone 3. The developer's web-site can be found at www.noodlecake.com. Since I got this game, I notice there is also an app called "Super Stick Golf", which is currently half price (normally 1.29 pounds) and claims to be a bigger version of the Stick Golf game.
Overall, I was kept amused by this game for a couple of hours, and it's a game that I've occasionally come back to. I haven't completed it yet, but have got some considerable way into it, so there's a lot of gameplay to be had. There are a few irritating courses which I enjoyed less than others, but overall, for 59p, I consider it to be really good value for money (or even better if you can get it for free too!).
Summary: Engaging and fun game, good value for 59p
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