World MiniGolf Challenge (also available for iPad) by AppsWorx brings a summer favorite to the iPad: mini golf. With this game, players can master a new exclusive course and become king of the putting green – without having to leave their living room.
Users can practice their mental dexterity with the game’s touch controls, which requires swiping to aim the club in the desired direction and tapping to hit the ball. The meter near the club represents the speed that the ball will travel according to when the circulating line is tapped.
Play can be customized by choosing a character based on speed, power, and accuracy. Hit quick play for a brief game with shorter courses, or choose challenge to play a longer, drawn out course. Just like the actual sport, the fewer putts it takes to get the ball in the hole, the higher the score.
This mini golf game is a lot of fun due to the variety of obstacles in each course. The obstacles are very unpredictable and challenging – users will have to guide their golf ball past hills, ramps, tunnels, moving objects, and holes.
The graphics are pretty basic, with clear colorful images that reminded me of old school PC games. There aren’t many sound effects but the back ground music is bubbly and pleasant, featuring a piano-techno infused beat that matches well with such a sport of leisure.
The only trouble I had was with the controls – I found the swipe on my iPad to be too sensitive when rotating the screen view to aim. The game play also became occasionally glitchy, especially when the ball was moving after a putt – it would disappear through a curb like a ghost or get stuck on the side of a wall.
Besides that, World MiniGolf Challenge is a great time killer for that eight hour train ride, or a long wait at the doctor’s with its’ numerous assortment of courses. Golf lovers will enjoy this game as they play with their brain rather than the body to score a hole-in-one, par, or birdie to win like a champion.