Parents' Guide to

Winning Putt

By Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Free-to-play golf multiplayer game fun in short sessions.

Game Windows 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

This is a game that is produced by rip off artist.

This game cripples your player character if you don't spend real money playing it and if you do spend real money you are rolling the dice on whether you are going to get what you are paying for. The game is full of glitches and server issues and when that is brought to the customer supports attention they insist the problem is yours and not theirs in spite of the tremendous amount of complaints by everyone who plays the game. In game you will find that not one player considers this an honest company nor do they feel that the company has put much effort into making the game fun. It is nothing more than a cash cow for Bandai Namco used to strong arm players into wasting more money on a video game than they would spend buying the best equipment for golf and playing real golf.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This multiplayer online sports game is a beautiful golf simulator, but it only works best in small doses. The courses are very well done, each providing their own unique challenges while keeping the spirit of golfing alive. Its role-playing game (RPG) elements enhance the experience by allowing you to develop your golfer to suit your particular golfing style. With plenty of courses to play, you're never without new challenges, and the number of challenging ways to play either solo or competitively with friends or random strangers will keep you busy. While there's a microtransaction system, gameplay is balanced enough that players who just want the free experience never have to rely upon buying gear. With daily quests and challenges, someone can take their time and earn most of the items available to be purchased. But there's a real issue when you're playing against other gamers on the same level as you who have clearly thrown down lots more cash to gain an advantage for a round or a tournament; it cuts down on how much fun you'll have in a match.

In some ways, this feeds into one of the worst elements of play, which is the constant grind of matches in the pursuit of newer, better gear. Since this is a sports game, it can be argued that you'd be doing this anyway, but it's this singular gameplay element that makes the action feel a bit shallow. The same can be said about the skill required to make shots on the green: The three-click mechanic, while nothing new for golf games, feels a bit more simplistic than in other titles. As a result, once you're used to it, making shots becomes extremely easy to do. Winning Putt is an enjoyable game and is fun as far as free-to-play games go, but it's best only in short sessions.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Free (Game is free to download and play, but does include a shop where you can purchase upgrades to your clubs, balls, and clothes with real money transactions.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Brandai Namco
  • Release date: January 14, 2016
  • Genre: Sports
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: November 1, 2019

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