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NanoGolf: Hole in One

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining but ad-heavy arcade mini-golf for all ages.

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Game uses simple touch controls but can be tricky at times.

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Players earn coins by playing or by watching video ads. Players then use those coins, or watch video ads, to keep playing or to unlock new balls (though they all move the same). Video ads also sometimes appear between rounds. An ad-free version is available for $2.99

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NanoGolf: Hole in One is a mini golf game for iOS and Android devices. Using simple touch controls, and the laws of physics, players have to get the ball into the hole like they do in real mini golf. Except that these holes have some hazards that defy the laws of nature, like portals that transport the balls somewhere else on the field. This game has no questionable content: no nudity, no cursing, no use of drugs or alcohol, and so on. Commercially speaking, the game has you earning coins by rolling over them or by watch video ads. Players can then use these coins, or watch more ads, to keep playing or unlock new balls (which all move the same way). Video ads also play randomly between rounds. Not surprisingly, you can purchase an ad-free version for $2.99. 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 NANOGOLF: HOLE IN ONE, you play mini-golf. Using your device's touchscreen, you have to determine where to aim your ball, and how hard to hit it, in an attempt to get it in the hole in just one shot. While you're aiming and taking your shot, you hopefully manage to send the ball over some coins along the way. Except that these holes have some hazards you won't find at your local putt putt course, things like teleportation pads. The game doesn't have a story or a career progression; it's just for fun, so don't expect an explanation for the odd hazards.

Is it any good?

While it is a bit too heavy with ads, this fun and unnatural arcade mini-golf game will satisfy fans of the real thing. In NanoGolf: Hole in One, you use your device's touchscreen to determine how hard to hit your ball, and in what direction, in an attempt to get a hole in one in mini-golf. But this is easier said than done, since these aren't just simple putting greens, and, like in real mini-golf, it may require more than just banking your shot off the wall at just the right angle. These holes also have some physically impossible hazards, like teleportation pads that will move your ball from one area to the next. There's also hazards that grab your ball and spin it around until you tell it when to shoot it away.

As fun as this might sound — and it is a lot of fun — the game is mired in ads. It asks you to watch one to keep playing when you fail (though you can also buy a second try), and runs ads randomly between rounds. And, to the surprise of no one, there's also an ad-free version for the low, low price of $2.99. But just as there are games with way more ads, there are other mobile golf games that weren't nearly as fun or as clever. The courses are tricky, the unrealistic hazards and clever, and the controls work well enough that you can actually avoid the hazards and beat these holes. Which is why, this weekend, you'll just might find yourself on the pixelated greens of NanoGolf: Hole in One.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about spending money. In Nanogolf: Hole in One, you can play the game to earn the coins you need to keep playing, or you can watch some ads, which will also sometimes run randomly, so do all the ads make this less fun for you? Do you think the run so many so you'll be tempted to purchase the ad-free version?

  • Nanogolf: Hole in one relies upon physics so players can aim shots towards holes on courses, but how can you use physics in the real world? Would you be able to use what you've learned in the game at a real mini-golf course?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 3, 2019
  • Category: Sports
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Size: 51.00 MB
  • Publisher: Nitrome
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: September 09, 2019

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