Earlier this week we previewed iGolf, a pretty neat game, if you don’t mind throwing your back out or your iPhone shooting across the room if you slip. Today we had the chance to play another iPhone golf game that we may actually keep around.
GL Golf (iTunes Link) is the kind of iPhone game you can get addicted to. As soon as you get used to the stroke, it’s a satisfying, realistic golfing experience. It is in landscape mode so you get a wider field of view compared to the other golf games out there.
By clicking on "View," you take a fly-over tour of the terrain ahead to determine stroke strength and direction. Tap the screen and you’re ready to play. A small red arrow lets you know the direction and speed of the wind. Align and rotate your aim by sliding your finger back and forth across the screen. Then tap twice to begin the stroke. It was hard for me to remember to keep an eye on the strength meter instead of the club – when it’s the strength of stroke you want, tap again for contact with the ball – but that was easy to adjust to.
At any time, you can get a new view of the terrain to prepare the next stroke (assuming you didn’t get a hole in one the first time – something I have yet to achieve). I have to admit, my best so far has been a series of bogeys, but hey, I’m no better in real-life, either.
You can play 18 or 9 holes or just pick up from last time while you are on line at the bank. There aren’t 20 minutes of intro screens or BS like in other games with great graphics either. Overall, it is like they say, you get what you pay for…Golf GL is worth the $7.99. That might be why it averages over 4 stars at the App Store.
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