For as long as I can remember I've wanted a really nice mini golf game to play on my computer. It's just more fun and interesting than normal golf. Unfortunately mini golf games have always been hard to come by. I scour shareware sites looking for them. Every time I see one I download it, and every time I am disappointed by awful graphics, awkward gameplay and shoddy presentation.
When I saw this I thought "Hmm... it's got a nice icon. That makes a change. I bet the rest of the game sucks, though. Oh well, I'll give it a go".
Right from the start I was blown away by this. It is slick and colorful and definitely has a Nintendo feel to it. Maybe it reminds me of Mario Golf or Super Monkey Ball or something. The graphics are impressive, the presentation is bold, beautiful and instantly accessable, and the controls are intuitive and responsive. Of course, you would expect all this from a game that costs $25 I suppose, although I have seen a lot worse games than this released commercially on consoles for $50. I paid for this game within 10 minutes of playing the demo, and I expect to have a lot of fun with it for a long time.
The only problems I have come accross with it are a dodgy camera view occasionally which can make some shots very very hard, (but all games like this experience that). The learning curve is a bit up and down I think. Some holes are very easy and some are extremely frustratingly difficult, and these holes are not necessarily in any order. I have also experienced a very occassional graphical glitch where textures do not display properly, and I think on one occasion my high score submitted to the wrong course page.
Overall though, I love this game. It is commercial quality and a lot of fun, and well worth $25.