Developer: Mobblo
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 4.0.7
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

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

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Dungeons & Golf World aims to make the sport in question a little more interesting through a fantasy themed approach. The presentation, however, is this title’s greatest obstacle. If playing from a tablet things may be a little more bearable, but from an iPhone’s perspective the menus and user interface feel far too cluttered to be user friendly. As soon as players enter the game, they are flooded with loads of text and stats that they most likely won’t care much about that early on. It would be great if the different stats were introduced progressively, giving players a chance to settle in before dumping everything on their lap. Instead, the result is a game that many users will likely delete soon after they’ve started playing.

IMG_0422The colors and designs used in the menu items and interface simply don’t mix well together; sometimes the text doesn’t even fit properly into its designated box. Most of the time I found myself wanting to skip past the endless piles of clutter and just keep hitting “next” until I finally got to start playing. So for players who are hoping for a game where it’s fun to level up their character and unlock new skills, this one will be more of a tedious hassle than something to look forward to.

All of that’s too bad, because once users finally accommodate themselves with the system Dungeons & Golf World actually becomes a mildly enjoyable game. The animations are very fluent and the controls work smoothly. As soon as the annoyingly cluttered menus are out of the way they can actually enjoy a game of golf set in a visually appealing, fantasy-styled environment.

IMG_0424The mechanics and physics of the world also work quite nicely. The direction of the ball will be influenced not only by the user’s aim, but also the terrain itself. So, for instance, if the terrain slopes left, the ball will have a tendency to fly more to the left (once launched). And for people who enjoy Japanese soundtracks, the OST found here will not disappoint either.

In the end, Dungeons & Golf World is a game where good gameplay mechanics have to fight against a poor leveling structure in a struggle to hold its players’ attention for longer than 5 minutes. Which of them succeeds ultimately depends on the preferences of who’s playing it.


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