A putting simulator with the ability to play 4 player competitive multiplayer using the same PC/phone is a refreshingly simple prospect. I’m afraid to say that Mini Golf Mundo is simply not a great game. It’s not really even a good game. What I’m trying to say is I didn’t like it.
I began playing wistfully remembering gloriously pixellated golf sims on windows 95, invisible hands guiding clubs with a glorious thwack (you may have guessed that I am not a golfer). Judging by the visuals in MGM though, the games industry hasn’t moved on much in the last 20 years. The visuals are lacklustre to say the least, the camera clips through everything – absolutely everything. What’s more, holes only appear when you are playing them so you never get a sense you’re playing a course, more a weird lawn in the middle of a fuzzy and endless lake where each hole pops up in turn.
Talking of the holes, there is little invention in the hole layout. The difficulty of each of the 4 levels (ranging from Rookie to Jinxed) ramps up significantly, but is severly hampered by two major shortcomings. The collision detection between the ball and the barriers is terrible, so much so that it’s pot luck whether you’ll hit a corner, or even the side of a barrier. The worst element though, is the disappearing course. Unlike the windmill and drawbridge cliches of crazy golf that everyone loves, MGM opts to simply remove parts of the course on a timer. It looks horrendous, and is damn near impossible to time shots too.
In the age of hugely complicated empire building and RPGing on mobile games this could be a fun, throwaway shared experience. The controls (point for direction, click/press and hold for power) are simple enough, but with courses too difficult to be lightweight and too basic to be interesting, I wouldn’t want to subject my friends to it. Unless you desperately need to entertain young children it’s hard to even recommend it for a delayed flight or even a boozy night bus – both prospects that I’m afraid are more appealing to me that playing this game again.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 2/10 Format: Steam / Android / iOs Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a copy of Mini Golf Mundo for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of one week on Steam and Android. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.