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Developer: Imperial Game Studio
Price: $2.99
Version: 1.1.3
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★½☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Golf is a sport of gentlemen.  Don’t believe us?  Ask Tiger Woods… Oh wait, this review wasn’t written five years ago!  Quite a bit has changed in the sport of golf over the last few years, including how it has been viewed in the public eye.  There is no better example of this culture shift than Golf Battle 3D.  All the dainty politeness of old has been stripped away in this cartoon caricature of the sport that actually features very little actual “golf” or “battling.”  So can a pseudo golf game live up to the very different expectations that its name implies, or is this a case of buyer beware?

It should be established right out of the gate that as alluded to above, this game is not what you would expect from a title with the name “Battle Golf 3D.”  Really, the only factual piece of information is that the visuals are presented in three dimensions.  If you were being swayed by the other two words, most likely you will end up gravely disappointed.

At its core, this is really nothing more than a rhythm based game, masquerading as a long drive competition.  That’s right, all you do is try to hit the ball as far as possible by pressing the screen to start the a swing and during the backswing at the point of making contact with the ball.  The only other gameplay mechanic is attempting to steer the ball in the air to assure that it doesn’t land out of bounds.

As far as can be discerned, the “Battle” portion of the name doesn’t involve an arena and full on gladiator gear either, but rather the head-to-head driving sessions where you try to outdrive a random stranger to a predefined point total.  There isn’t even a way to interact with your competition, which further makes “battle” seem like a very poorly chosen word.

After each match players have the option to use the points that they have accrued to soup up your avatar’s equipment.  This also acts to incentivize players to customize their character, further boosting their stats.  Sure, you can also purchase the upgrade points using your real money too, but you are not a cheater, right?

This point may have been beaten to death by now, but naming this game Battle Golf 3D would be like calling Tiger Woods “socially outgoing.”  Perhaps if this title were renamed “Driving Slapfight 3D” these complaints may have fallen to the wayside, but this doesn’t change the fact that it is a glorified mediocre mini-game with few redeeming qualities.  Unless you are hard up for some multiplayer action, this may be one to avoid.

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