This is a very interesting sort of take on what a platformer is. Not only are you aiming to deal with some ruthless levels, you also have to perform golf swings at the same time.
It’s rather intriguing in bringing that concept of play, and it can be quite challenging as well. The game features over eighty levels of wild action with some direct competitions later on and hardcore strictly single player action from the start.
There is also a competitive speed run mode if you want more of a challenge, and a goal of earning a gold medal on each individual level. There’s definitely a fair bit to do here, and a good variety in its challenge too.
It’s fairly simplistic in terms of how you play, but complex in what you need to go. The goal is to maneuver through various hostile objects and then shoot a golf ball into the hole. At times you’ll need to bounce high into the air and take the shot while falling.
At other points you’ll by hopping over spikes and the trying to get that sweet hit in. I did notice physics wise it seemed hit or miss at times with the movement. Still, it does handle decently well enough and brings a good level of difficulty to it. It can actually be downright frustrating at times yet not necessarily impossible.
They also do some weird things at times with the formula too. You’ll go from being on foot to using a cart, or being chased by a boulder for example. Each level felt fresh, and offered a unique challenge. Especially if you’re aiming for medal counts, some of those balloons are not easy to pop.
Golf Zero is a fairly decent change-up on the whole platformer genre providing a really hardcore challenge at times and a unique gameplay experience. It’s really quite different, and most certainly strange the whole way through. They have fun with the mechanics and it’s surprisingly a completely fresh experience to me.
There’s a good use of color, and really insane traps. Sometimes they were a bit overwhelming, but there wasn’t anything too impossible to do here. It’s fun at times, and such a random sort of thing to work through. It also features fairly use Xbox Achievements if you’re into that, but that’s not factored into the scoring system here. Just a good thing to mention.
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Golf Zero Review on Xbox One X
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