Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tiki Golf 3D Review

The ball speeds over lush green grass. It flies through the air, and tilts to the right, directly hitting the floating target. It falls, and veers into the hole. This is the type of fast paced gameplay that makes Tiki Golf 3D, $2.99, a unique take on extreme mini golf, so fun to play.
In Tiki Golf 3D, by Arb Studios, you are Tiki Bobby, trying to gain back your prized artifacts that have been stolen by the gods Lono and Kahuna. To do this, you play through two 18 hole mini golf courses, on three different difficulties. In the game, there are three game modes however; Tiki Putt, Pineapple Adventure, and Time Trials. Tiki Putt is a classic mini golf mode. (Or as classic as Tiki Golf 3D gets, as you'll soon see.) In Pineapple Adventure, you try to collect all the pineapples strewn across the holes, then get to the hole. In Time Trial, you try to beat the levels in as short of a time as possible. 
The one feature that makes Tiki Golf 3D stand out from the other mini golf games is that once you hit the ball, you can steer it, and affect where it goes. To hit the golf ball, you first aim, by swiping around the screen. To select the power, you press the "Hit" button, then press again when the power bar reaches the level you want. Then, you press and hold the screen, and tilt to control the ball.
Another unique feature is that the levels are linear, they have multiple paths, and multiple holes. There are usually two holes in each level, one harder to get to than the other. But, if you make it into that hole, you get a "-1" score bonus. Because of this, you can replay a hole over and over, and you will never take the exact same path. The graphics are great, and look and feel 3D, so that adds to the game experience too.
The only confusion that I have with the game is not even in the game. It is in the iTunes description. It says that there are eighteen courses, but from what I know there are only two. "Courses" might've been a typo, but it is a bit disappointing if you expected eighteen and got two. It also would be nice to have another course, and be able to say that there's one course per dollar, because then, you are definitely getting your money's worth.

Great Graphics
Unique Controls
Hours of Fun

Might Need to Fix iTunes Description

Bottom Line:
Tiki Golf 3D is a great buy for mini golf fans, and because of the unique features it has, is more worth your money than any other mini golf game in the App Store.

Gameplay: 4.5/5
Graphics: 5/5
Controls: 5/5
Replay Value: 4/5

Overall: 9/10 (not an average)

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