No time for 9 holes?

Review of Flick Golf Extreme! HD
Developer: Full Fat Productions
Price (27/7/2011): $4.99

Author’s Rating: 7.5


First of, we would like to announce that AOMBase will be reviewing all the featured “iPad Game of the Week”  starting from this week. Since the beginning of this blog, we have tried to scout and trawl the App Store looking for “The App” that would wow our readers. After several months and dozens of app reviews, we have realized that the “iPad Game of the Week”  is usually  the App that most people actually download (Of course, since it is featured by Apple). But we should say that, it does not always live up to expectations.

Since we cannot expect the developers around the world to produce a top quality app every week, we also can’t really blame Apple for its recommendations. However, here at AOMBase, we will help you to further process the already “Apple filtered” game of the week through another layer of quality control.. Us!

My first experience of Flick Golf was on a friend’s iPhone a few months back. My first impression was that it was a pretty cool arcade game. Now, Flick Golf has arrived as an iPad specific app, boasting HD graphics. Game play on the iPad version is pretty much almost identical to the iPhone version (if I remembered correctly), and while it goes without saying that a larger screen definitely makes for a better overall experience, those of you who want this on your iPhone can consider this review as well.

Flick golf is not based on a typical golf game like Tiger Woods PGA Tour, whereby each game consists of playing 18 holes and trying to make pars and birdies. (Before I continue, I have to mention that the iPad version of Tiger Woods 12 sucks balls compared to the PS3 version. It’s probably not a fair comparison, but there are other platform games that have been translated to the iPad with greater success, such as Civ Revolutions.) Flick golf is essentially a bar-room arcade golf game where every hole is simply a large bullseye which changes to various locations on extremely scenic backgrounds, that would be even more enjoyable on an iPad.

Practising for the next boat of environmentalists.

Gameplay controls consists mostly of swiping. An initial swipe will launch the ball, and swipes during the ball’s flight will alter its trajectory, by causing it to swerve or spin in the corresponding directions. Score is determined by the least number of attempts at getting the ball into the hole.

Like most successful touch-based games, the controls are simple to learn, but will probably take a while to master. It usually involves a lot of post-launch swiping to adjust your ball’s trajectory to land successfully near your target, especially since bonus points are earned from spectacular curving balls. This encourages you to deliberately hit your ball off target, and swerve it back into play.

Flick Golf offers three modes of play. The Quickshot mode allows you to score as many points as you can in 90 seconds. Awesome shots would increase the countdown timer making it possible to play forever, which could get quite boring unless you are trying to break someone’s high score.

The 5-Ball challenge takes the total score of 5 shots. However, a ball will be returned to you if you manage a Hole-In-One, thus, also allowing a possible unending mode.

The World Tour Mode allows you to take your time and you have only 9 shots per map. Based on your total score, you will unlock different “badges” as rewards. The “elite” badges can be pretty insane to unlock..

Not quite Pebble Bay.

The difficulty level starts off as easy as pie to all but the most poorly coordinated of gamers. However, as you skillfully breeze through most of the scenarios in the different modes, it becomes increasingly challenging. The score required to unlock subsequent becomes higher, while the holes get further and further away from your tee-off spots. With slight breezes slowly turning into a gale storms, you realized that this game quickly becomes more than a stroll down the golf course.

Skill and patience, especially in the latter stages that demand nothing less than perfection, are rewarded by achievements that are unlocked as you progress through the game. These can be viewed in the leaderboard section together with a complete overview of your shot statistics that only true geeks would check and compare it with other true geeks. (If anyone was wondering, I managed a 69% on my first pass at the World Tour mode.)

To sum it all up, Flick Golf is a reasonably well presented arcade game which even the most “anti-golfers” would probably be entertained by. To nitpick, even the 5 beautifully designed scenarios do get pretty repetitive after awhile and I feel that some of the minor interfaces can probably be improved. My biggest problem with the game would have to be the value of it. $4.99 is a little abit steep for what seems to me to be a casual arcade-style game, but I will admit it was thoroughly entertaining.

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Review by Smoking Crows


1 Response to “No time for 9 holes?”

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