A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Infinite Minigolf is a downloadable casual sports game for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PC. Players can compete against each other in casual rounds of golf, many of which have been created and shared by others. Players can tap into their own creativity with the game's course editor, building and playing their own unique holes using easy and intuitive tools. While the game fosters competition, parents can feel comfortable knowing that it keeps a fun and lighthearted tone. There's no inappropriate content to be found in the game.
What's it about?
In INFINITE MINIGOLF, you can leave the golf bag at home, because you'll only need one club. Take careful aim and challenge your skills as you putt your way through fantastic fantasy dream courses filled with insanely fun hazards such as snowmen, tombstones, toy cars, and more. Maybe you'll even find the inspiration to set aside your putter and give the game's Editor a test run, creating your own mini-golf course complete with wacky obstacles and strategically placed power-ups. Then take your masterpiece to the masses, adding it to the huge collection of user-created content. With thousands upon thousands of custom holes available, there's always something new and unique to try.
Is it any good?
For players looking to hit the links or make their own, this casual golf game is probably perfect. It's been said that you only get out of something what you're willing to put into it. Sometimes, though, it's about what everyone else is willing to put into it, as well. Case in point: Zen Studios' latest, Infinite Minigolf. While technically not "infinite," the game's massive (and constantly growing) collection of user-created content means that you're likely to never play the same hole twice over the course of its lifetime. That's not to say every hole is going to be a masterpiece, but there are some creations out in the wild that are a true marvel to watch and play. It's these Rube Goldberg-esque creations that showcase just how much players are capable of when set loose with the right tools and a spark of creativity. Designing courses is surprisingly easy, too, with even younger gamers able to grasp the intuitive interface and craft some fun courses of their own.
Of course, you could build the most epic mini-golf hole of all time, and it wouldn't amount to much if the actual gameplay was no good. You might think that it would be hard to mess up the "aim and swing" formula of mini-golf, but you'd be surprised at just how tricky it can be to get right. It's possible to overshoot the hole of a course, even bouncing over the hole three times when trying to just tap the ball in. The culprit is the default sensitivity settings for the thumb sticks, and dialing it back to a personally more comfortable and manageable setting is vital. Depending on which platform you're playing on, this could be more or less of an issue. Still, you can expect to spend some early moments tweaking and testing the controls before finding your own personal sweet spot.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about creativity. How does offering a way to create and share custom content help to make a more personal experience? What are some ways that seeing the works of others helps to inspire and encourage your own creativity?
Talk about good sporting behavior. What are some positive ways to encourage competition, and what are some ways to best handle a situation when a player is not being a good sport?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $14.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Zen Studios
- Release date: July 25, 2017
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
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