Winigolf is basically a minigolf course for your computer. It has easy to follow instructions to start a game and can be configured, so you can play any number of holes (up to a maximum of 35) in a random, sequential or counter sequential way. This game is extremely addictive, and has suprisingly excellent graphics, while only taking up appoximately one and a half megabytes. It has excellent info at the bottom of the screen, as well as a score card that you can check at any time. The info records your score against par, and the number of shots you have left to get par on the hole you are on, among other things.
Unfortunately, there is only one skill level, but the holes get gradually harder as you progress through the course that you have chosen. Another of the games features is its ability to have multiple players in the golf tournament (up to a maximum of 8). This is an excellent feature, apart from the fact that the person furthest from the hole should get the first hit, but doesn’t. Well, that’s the rules I play when playing golf, or minigolf off the computer. But hey, I’m not complaining. The multiple player feature really adds to the fun of the game.
The graphics in Winigolf are simple, yet effective. The game doesn’t try and overload the user with pointless animations and replays like other golf games. Instead it offers a near perfect green course with brown edges on a grass background. It could possibly have included a player, and maybe even a club, but I think that the person would have ended up as one of those orange blobs that I don’t like myself. The ball is extremely realistic, and is your only indicator of where you are on the course.
Where the graphics are excellent, the music is on the other end of the scale. It is repetitive and gets really annoying, although I suppose you could replace the midi with something of your own if you wanted to. The only good thing I’ll say about the music is that its of a very good quality. The sound effects go some way to make up the disapointment of the music, but there are only a few of them. They play mostly when you play a shot, and when you get the ball in the hole.
Originality ? Well there are a lot of golf games out there, but not for mini golf courses. I’d score it quite highly on originality of the idea of a mini golf game. Also I think the animation that goes in the background it really good……if in fact you actually get bored of the game. I guess the only thing that isn’t original is the green course, but I don’t think that degrades the game.
The games very playable, once you figure out how to start a tournament. It’s extremely simple, and perhaps it’s simplicity is it’s short fall, you decide !!
So overall, the game is a very aditictive excellent game with only a few pitfalls (mainly with the music side of the game). It’s defenetly a keeper in my games folder, why wouldn’t you download this game.
Graphics = 80 %
Sounds = 30 %
Playablity = 50 %
Originality = 70 %
Addiction = 90 %
- Designed by: Ola Lisboa
- Published by: Athreex
Size: 558kb (2 min on 56k dial-up)