Vista Golf

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple but fun, tricky mini-golf without slow windmills.

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Ease of Play

Simple touch controls but, like real mini-golf, it isn't always easy. 

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Consumerism

Infrequent in-game ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vista Golf is a virtual mini-golf game. And like mini-golf, it's safe for all ages. There's no inappropriate content, offensively loud pants, cranky people yelling at you to hurry up already ... but it does share one tenet with real golf (well, watching golf on TV anyway): advertisements. But not a lot of them. It might also make kids want to play real mini-golf. Also, for some reason, there's no privacy policy in the game or on the developer's website.

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What's it about?

Like real mini-golf and golf, VISTA GOLF doesn't have a story. It's just a series of mini-golf holes you get to play in succession. Sure, you could make up a story about how you're helping the ball go home (if you want to be all Happy Gilmore about it), but why bother when you could spend time on the virtual links?

Is it any good?

Though it has some vision problems, and is too silly for serious golfers, this arcade-like mini-golf game will delight anyone who likes to putt around. In Vista Golf, you use simple touch controls and physics to play through a series of mini-golf holes. Except that while the mini-golf place near your house has you contending with that slow turning windmill and doors that open and close, the courses in this game are suspended on platforms and on islands, which means you have to contend with your ball falling off the course and into the ocean. There's even little ramps on the sides, almost as if the designers want you to knock your ball into the water. All of which makes this as much like pool as it is like golf. But while this is fun, especially for pool people who like to think about how to bank a shot just right, it's not without its problems. Like real mini-golf, serious golfers will think this is silly. As for serious mini-golfers, while you can adjust the camera for your shot, there are times when the palm trees block your view from every helpful angle. But then, that's just part of the challenge. Either way, if you're a fan of mini-golf -- or, well, pool -- you'll have fun putting around with Vista Golf

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about physics. A big part of this game is figuring out how hard to hit the ball, and how to bank it off the sides, so how do you think physics works in your life?

  • Talk about video game sports. Does playing this game make you want to play real mini-golf? What about real golf?

  • Discuss advertisements. This game has an occasional ad, but do you think seeing an ad in this game might influence you? In what ways? Do you think maybe that's why they do it?

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