Golf Zero

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Complex arcade-style golf game is too tough to play.

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The game uses simple touch controls but is frustratingly difficult.


Players can watch ads to skip levels.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Golf Zero is an arcade golf game for iOS and Android devices. While the gameplay is safe for all ages, the controls and in-game play may be too tough for most players. Using the touch screen, players have to determine the angle at which to hit a golf ball and how hard. But this has to be done in only a few seconds, while jumping or performing some other action which makes play really challenging. It may not have any objectionable content, but it will allow players to watch ads to skip particularly tough holes. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In GOLF ZERO, you use a golf club to hit a ball into a hole by using your device's touch screen to determine the angle of your shot and how hard to hit it. Except that instead of standing still, you're often in mid-jump, or trying to bank your shot, and either way, you only have a couple seconds to make your decision. If you can successfully complete the hole you're on, you move on to the next in a seemingly never ending set of courses.

Is it any good?

While there's a fine line between challenging and frustrating, this needlessly tough arcade-style golf game obliterates it in the worst possible way. In Golf Zero, like other golf games, you use your device's touch screen to determine the angle to hit your golf ball, and how hard. Except you have only a few seconds to do this, and often have to make those decisions while you're in the air and trying to figure out how to get your shot around some hazard while you're in mid-jump. On one early hole, for instance, you have to leap off a platform into a lake but hit the ball backwards and upwards before you hit the water. 

While this may sound like it could be a fun but challenging golf game, it isn't. Most of the reason for this is because you're playing on a tablet with virtual buttons. Were this on a computer or console, and played with a real controller, it would still be really hard, but it would been doable. Here, it's just infuriating. It's also suspect, since you always have the option to skip a hole by watching an ad. It's funny how that works -- or would be if playing Golf Zero hadn't annoyed us so much that we tossed our tablet into a water hazard and went off to play something more fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. This game lets you skip levels by watching ads, but its levels are also really hard, so does the inclusion of this feature seem honest to you or designed to sell you things?

  • Why is it good to challenge yourself? When is it good to accept that you can't do something?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 5, 2019
  • Category: Sports
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Size: 77.00 MB
  • Publisher: Colin Lane Games AB
  • Version: 3.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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