A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Some basic physics, as players try to predict how ball will travel. Also has course editor, which challenges players' creativity, ingenuity as they design their own holes to share with others.
Fosters creativity by giving players tools to create all sorts of fun courses to share with others, encourages sporting behavior in competitive matches.
Positive Role Models
Characters are generic templates, with no real personalities of their own. Pretty much exist solely to represent players or generic opponents.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn. Players will likely need to tinker with sensitivity settings though, in order to find their personal sweet spot.
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.
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.
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