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What's it about?
As a mini-golf arcade game, GOLF BATTLE doesn't have a story. You take your virtual steps onto a golf course, and play the same courses over and over until you level up enough to unlock the next one. Depending on how well you do, you earn coins or gems, which can be used to acquire new clubs, custom balls, and other items. Players can even take on other gamers in six player matches, where you can play a classic game of golf, or try to be the fastest to the hole in Rush mode.
Is it any good?
While purists will have issues with it, this mini-golf arcade game is almost as much fun as the real thing. In Golf Battle, you play mini-golf by using your finger to aim the ball and chose how hard to hit it. Played against other people online, "Classic Mode" has you trying to get your ball past all the jumps, turns, and moving barricades, and into the hole in fewer turns that your competition. But this also has a mode called "Rush," where the objective is to get the ball in the hole faster than your online rivals, no matter how many shots it takes. There's even a third mode, "Lucky Shot," where you take one shot in hopes of winning a prize, though you can only play this mode once a day. As much fun as all three may be, though, golf purists will have as many problems with this as, well, they do with mini-golf. Especially when they notice how inclined the ball is to fall into the hole when in real life, it would've popped out or sat on the edge. Meanwhile, mini-golf purists will take issue with how the courses don't have windmills or other cartoonish hazards, but do have such real golf-ish ones like sand traps. And everyone will probably get tired of how you progress very, very slowly. But if you're not such a stickler, and think it would be interesting to mix things up a bit, you'll have a swinging good time with Golf Battle.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about screen time. How do you give yourself a break from playing addictive games like Golf Battle that are designed to get you to play one more round over and over?
Does it make any sense to spend money on Golf Battle when it's just to avoid waiting for items that you can earn by playing the game multiple times?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions and ads
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 26, 2018
- Category: Sports Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Size: 121.10 MB
- Publisher: Miniclip.com
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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