Developer: Hello Simpson
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rough around the edges, Caveman Golf shows some promise amongst some moments that misfire.

cavemangolf2The idea is a simple but fun one. A caveman is trying to defend his land from invading dinosaurs. There’s only him against a swarm of the beasts, meaning he has to be clever in his defense. This defense comes in the form of hitting rocks towards them with a club, hence the golf part of the title. The mechanics involved are simple but the implementation doesn’t quite hit the spot. Players have to swipe their finger in order to flick the rock towards the dinosaurs, but there’s a certain amount of trial and error to it. There’s no indication as to the trajectory, such as a line, meaning players have to keep track of their previous attempt mentally. Flicking feels a little cumbersome too, not feeling quite as fluid as one would expect.

Caveman Golf is quite fun though, despite requiring some adjustment. Visually, Caveman Golf is a little rough but there’s a certain mild charm to it. There are only 20 levels in all for now, which is slightly disappointing but they do offer some variety, at least. Each level can be completed with one rock alone but it’ll take quite some doing to achieve that. The reward for gaining a gold medal in each level is the opening of a bonus level at the end.

Some stages require some forward planning, although fortunately there’s no time limit to make things harder. There are in-app purchases available to reduce the number of swings too, although I wouldn’t recommend them purely because the game is so brief anyhow. What I do wish I could pay for, however, is the removal of the adverts that obscure part of the screen during each level. It’s a bit off-putting.

There’s promise to Caveman Golf, despite some rough moments, so it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for it. I’m hoping for more levels and some refinements to the control system. Such additions would benefit such an interesting yet flawed idea massively.

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