Review: Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch (3DS)
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Friday, March 9, 2012 | 16:48
It’s the cheapest eShop 3D downloadable title to date, and this does mean there’s a lack of real content; there’s only a handful of courses spread across three themes; America, Asia and Europe, though there’s little to tell these themes apart from one another as the backgrounds are pretty sterile. There’s also a “trick shot” mode, which involves trying to putt your golf ball to collect coins, rather than aim for the hole.
The reason you’ll be collecting coins is to unlock more courses and trick shots, and indeed, almost everything in this game is locked away in the shop, requiring you to use the virtual currency you have to work pretty hard to collect. Because some of the content can be quite pricy, there’s even some grinding involved to earn enough to unlock some of it, which leads me to suspect that the currency is in there to pad out a very brief game.
That said, at least with practice it gives pulling off a course of perfect holes in one a real sense of achievement. Because there are relatively few holes (81, and they fly by) the difficulty spikes between the “Easy,” “Normal” and “Hard” courses are significant. Perfectionists are going to get more out of this game than casual players for that reason.
One interesting quirk in the gameplay is the fact that the ball is considered "out of bounds" unless it stops within a few feet of the hole. Even if it's still on the course, unless it comes to a rest within a white circle area around the flag, you'll need to put from the tee again. It means you can't play safe and inch the ball towards the hole for a par; this is much more of an "all or nothing" game, and that helps give it a nice, casual, arcade feel to the game.
And in every other area, this is a completely inoffensive game. It’s not especially memorable, and it’s not something that will keep you playing for months on end, but it’s certainly more interesting and better designed than Gameloft’s appalling Let’s Golf 3D, and overall this is a safe way to spend an afternoon and a couple of dollars.
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