Clap Hanz Golf
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Family-friendly golf game is nearly a hole in one.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a straightforward arcade golf game, with no messages for the viewer.
Positive Role Models
This game stars several different golfers, so there isn't one main protagonist. There's some good representation in the game, though -- in gender, skin color, age, and body shape -- as golfers and spectators.
Ease of Play
While it may take a while to get the hang of the club selection and swing mechanism, Clap Hanz Golf is pretty easy to control, with the onscreen gestures or controller support. There's a mandatory tutorial, too, and other help in the game. You can also go to the Character screen and review each player's special abilities, customize their look, and more.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most of the female players have short shorts or skirts, and tight blouses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Clap Hanz Golf is a sports game on Apple Arcade. It's an arcade golf game with cartoon-like characters, with good representation in gender, skin color, age, and body size. That said, most of the female players in the game have short skirts and tight tops. Parents should know Clap Hanz Golf and all other Apple Arcade titles ($4.99/month) don't have any in-game advertisements or purchase options. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found in this game.
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What’s It About?
CLAP HANZ GOLF gives golf fans a chance to spend waking hours at a course if they can't always make their way to their favorite green. More of an arcade game than deep simulation, Clap Hanz Golf lets you create your own team of fictional players, each with his or her own strengths, and even change them up every hole, if desired. You'll compete against other players, whether it's the game's A.I. (artificial intelligence) or a friend over local multiplayer, on various course. As with many other golf games, you'll select the right club for the job, assess the environment and conditions (such as wind), and master the tee off, fairway, and putting -- while avoiding the drink (water), the beach (sand traps), and the rough. Instead of the 3-click (or tap) golfing, you'll be taught in the mandatory tutorial how to use the swing controls, which involves swiping down to set power, find the perfect angle/direction, and then flicking up. There are several game modes, including include World Tournament (competing with players all over the world in a weekly tournament with special rules), Tour Mode (winning the top spot on the global leaderboard as you play through beautiful courses set all over the world while earning new characters), and Survival Mode (taking on specific challenges). There's also Score Attack (which is a solo mode where you'll use one character to clear nine holes while aiming for a high score), and Local Multiplayer (stroke play supports up to 4 players, while multiplayer can be played with 2 players via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth). In addition to tournaments, challenges include KP Battles, Drive Battles, and other game types. A Character Management screen lets you view stats, change up animations and outfits, review favorite clubs, special abilities, and more.
Is It Any Good?
If you've ever played a round of the awesome Everybody's Golf for PlayStation, you now have a very similar experience on your favorite Apple devices. Clap Hanz Golf recreates this experience down to the cartoony graphics, zany characters, and upbeat music, although the primary difference is that it's a team golf game now. Loaded with modes (though its missing online multiplayer), this is a fun arcade game for newbie golf gamers and seasoned players alike. Once you master the swing, it's smooth sailing, and the tutorial layers on additional information for you over time, so that by the end of the first round or two, it'll become second nature. Interestingly, you can change up your golfers at any hole you like (so long as they're on your team, of course), and the way you recruit new teammates is by defeating them in tournaments that pop up. This adds a fun and challenging new gameplay element, since you don't just get a higher score when facing off against opponents but now can acquire golfers, too.
Novice players will likely spend a good chunk of their time in Tour Mode, as you can progress through an overhead map, tackle Match Plays and tournaments that appear, and grow your team. Score Attack, on the other hand, has you use one character to tackle 9 holes, with a goal to reach top score. Records are divided by course and character, and it's an ideal mode to practice in if Tour Mode has you stuck in a bunker. With local multiplayer, two to four players can wireless connect their devices and battle it out. One creates a room, sets the rules, and other(s) join it. While there are global challenges and leaderboards, it's too bad you can't play against others online. There are a couple of other minor issues, too, including some questionable A.I. with some of the players and a couple of glitchy bugs (most of which have ben squashed with a recent update), but overall, Clap Hanz Golf is almost a hole in one.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about screen time. How many quick rounds of golf do you think make up a reasonable and satisfying session of Clap Hanz Golf?
Do players really need another golf game, when there are literally hundreds of them in the Apple App Store? What makes this one worthy, unique, or engaging? Do players want something arcade-like and a little over-the-top or a more realistic experience that mimics the real sport?
- Platform: Apple Arcade
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: CLAP HANZ LTD.
- Release date: April 8, 2021
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
- Last updated: June 14, 2021
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