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NanoGolf: Hole in One

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Entertaining but ad-heavy arcade mini-golf for all ages.

App iPhone , iPad , Android Free Sports
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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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 3, 2019
  • Category: Sports
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Publisher: Nitrome
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: September 9, 2019

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