Whatever you do don’t overlook Stick Golf! Created by Noodlecake games, this 2D platformer looks ultra plain and super simple, but once you play it you’ll be hooked. There’s no need to judge yardage, make proper club selections, read puts, and all that jazz. All you do is choose your angle select your swing power and let it fly! Crazy winds and 54 crazily laid out holes on 6 unique courses await.
In Stick Golf every course is completely different, each one progressively harder than the next. There are two levels of difficulty, easy and hard. I myself was able to move through all 6 courses in easy mode relatively quickly. When I say quick, it probably took me an hour in total, broken up into 4 fifteen minute attempts throughout the day. Hard mode is a different animal altogether. The courses are the exact same except there is seriously hard wind that blows in ever changing directions. It’s some seriously hard stuff. It definitely adds staying power to the game. I can see people unlocking all the courses in easy mode like I did, but then making it their life’s mission to complete all the courses in hard mode with an even par or better score.
I pretty much like everything about this game. Each hole can be both easy and hard depending on how much risk you take and how well you execute each shot. The same hole that takes the average person 5 strokes can be conquered in just one if you make the perfect swing. On the flip side if being too risky with your shot selection can quickly come back to haunt your. I put up several 10′s, 15′s, and even 20+’s on the harder holes. Unlike traditional golf games, he pace of play in Stick Golf is super fast and rather noncommittal. Each course is only 9 holes so you can sneak a round in even if you only have 5-10 minutes to play. I definitely love that aspect of it. The only thing I think needs immediate tweaking is that if you get a phone call while playing the game isn’t saved. It’s not all that bad but if you’re in the middle of a record round and mom calls you probably won’t be too happy. Aside from that minor tweak that I’m sure is in the works, Stick Golf is a total winner. It’s fun, fast, challenging, and 100% worth the download.
Version Reviewed: 2.1
Requirements: iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad; iPhone OS 3.1 or later
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