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Let's Golf! 3

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Fun, free simulation tempts with in-app purchases.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Helps teach kids the rules of golf.

Ease of play

It might take a while to master the swing and other mechanics of this game but veteran golf gamers should adapt quickly. You must take the hole over again if you don't shoot "par" or better (birdie, eagle).

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The app asks users to join Gameloft Live!, a multiplayer service that offers interaction between users (including chat), invitations to play, a leaderboard, trophies, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Gameloft's Let's Golf! 3 is a "freemium" golf game -- free to play, but the player will likely be asked to spend real money via an in-app purchase for additional energy points. Parents should also be aware the game supports multiplayer matches over the Internet, with voice support, therefore kids could hear profanity. An optional Gameloft Live! service also offers communication options between its members.

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QUALITY

LET'S GOLF 3 is a fun simulation with plenty of game modes and fantasy courses. But it's not a "hole in one" either, mainly because this "freemium" game requires you to spend energy points per hole to keep playing -- by shelling out real or virtual money for more or waiting for energy to refill over time. In the single-player game, your first of six 3-D-rendered courses is the tropical South Pacific isle of Fiji. After that, you can play China, Egypt, Ireland, Outer Space, and Under the Sea. Playing the game is fairly simple: It's a "three-click" (or three-tap) mechanism familiar to seasoned golf gamers. Visually, the game looks great as the ball sails through the air and drops down on the fairway or green –- and hopefully, avoiding the water, sand, or rough. You'll earn some coins and experience points per hole, which you can use to purchase goodies in the marketplace, such as better clubs or special balls with powers. Play well and you can unlock new modes, plus there are a few minigames, too. Let's Golf! 3 also offers a few ways to play a multiplayer game for up to four people.

If you run out of energy points you can buy more with virtual cash or spend real money. For example, in-app purchases range from $.99 cents (for a pack of 20 cash) all the way up to $49.99 (for 1,400 cash). Some golf game fans might prefer to just spend, say $5, for the complete game. Overall, it's hard to complain about this free app -- especially as it's fun to play -- but the "freemium" model might irk some.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 11, 2011
Category:Sports Games
Size:712.00 MB
Publisher:Gameloft
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later, Android 2.2 and up

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Kid, 10 years old January 7, 2014

great game

great game
What other families should know
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Kid, 11 years old November 9, 2011

amazingly well done in entertainment and money-mooching!

A great golfing game that definitely learns from its original material and its sequel, and it could have been the best golfing app of 2011 (let alone summer 2011) if it hadn't been such an easy money-moocher. You see, to buy energy points if you're running low, you have to buy fake in-game money to buy those points. But if you're running low on fake in-game money, you have to buy it using ACTUAL money. This is my most hated aspect of the game. Let's Golf 1 and 2 didn't require you to waste your money on more money just to buy energy points and get on the blasted course. And besides, since when do you need energy points to golf?! I was totally irked by this game to the point where I couldn't play it anymore since we needed a fake in-game money boost. But now to talk positive about this app. It is very fun although very repetitive from miles one and two. Speaking of which, I like how the golfers react after their hole; if they win it, they do a flip and raise their club in the air, but if they lose, they kneel down and pound the ground. The 100% of people who recommend this game just enjoy getting ripped off, and they have no idea what they're in for, and neither will you if you don't take my warning seriously and download this app...
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