Version Reviewed: 1.2
App Reviewed on: iPad mini Retina
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Ever wondered what would have happened if Alice had landed in a mini-golf version of Wonderland? No, neither have I, but luckily we can save ourselves the mental fatigue because Wonder Golf is here to provide the answer.
Rather than a standard club and ball set-up, players must fling Alice herself around each course and down the hole in pursuit of the White Rabbit. After perusing each level by pinching and swiping it around, they can drag a finger away from Alice to set the strength of the shot, eventually reaching the hole under par or within the time limit. If they a hit a particularly terrible shot, the undo button will see them right.
It's not just about sinking the final putt, though. Players will need to collect enough gems throughout each level to fill their star meter and unlock more of the 60+ levels available. There are portals, speed boosts, and springy pads dotted around to guide players through each hole, allowing them access to secret rooms and routes that conceal the key to the rabbit hole and occasionally the inconspicuous Cheshire Cat. If players can catch the grinning fiend they'll unlock a bonus level full of gem goodness.
There are currently some significant frame-rate issues that need to be ironed out to make way for a smoother experience, rather than the often staggered one here at present. Still, it doesn't take away from the fun. There is an energy system in place, but only in the form of retry tokens for when players fail a level. The hearts only run out if this is the case, so skilled players are rewarded with long gaming sessions.
Wonder Golf lives up to its name thanks to its whacky courses and vibrant visuals, and is enough of an inventive take on mini-golf to warrant a play-through - perhaps over a pot of tea?