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Golf Zero

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Complex arcade-style golf game is too tough to play.

App iPhone , iPad , Android Free Sports
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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.

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