I think I should start this review by advising it was done on the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Usually this doesn’t make a difference within a review but I believe this is the version of the game to recommend.
I have not played any of the other versions but based on the pick & play nature of the switch makes this golf game perfect for on the go!
You’ve played mini-golf before so I’m sure you get the concept. However this one does add a few twists in the form of power ups. Some of the ones included will let you navigate the ball, apply a rocket boost & jumping over bridges or ramps. It’s the job of these nifty power ups that makes this a fun twist on the classic formula of Mini Golf. When it comes to how the game controls you adjust the power of your putt by pulling back on the control stick and then pushing forward as hard as you want to hit the ball. This is probably by biggest issue with this game. I dont feel that while attempting to pull the stick back that it is as responsive as it needs to be. Most of the time my shots either have too little power or too much. I would have much rather had a button scheme where I press a button to start the power meter and then stop (as with classic golf games).
The game comes with 3 themed environments that have their own courses within each one as well as allowing you to create and download new ones made by gamers around the globe
It’s unfortunate that 2 of the 3 themes are actually holiday. I can’t help but feel that these would have been better saved as special events around the time of the actual holidays. However thats not to take away from the fact that these courses are fantastic and awesome. Each one offers a new twist on getting to the end.
The creation tools are very easy to grasp. Both customizing your character and creating your course are easy tools to pick up and will have you uploading in no time! Changing items on your avatar uses a “micro-transaction-esq” approach but with in game money and card packs that you earn. No actual real life cash is necessary.
The upside/downside of this game is one in the same. There is no real depth to it. It works best when you treat it as a pick up and play experience when you need that mini golf fix. If thats what you’re looking for then I highly recommend this, but specifically for Nintendo Switch. I cannot see the average gamer getting the same use out of this game on PC or any other home console