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WHAT THE GOLF? (Switch) Hands-on Preview

by the NWR Staff - September 2, 2019, 8:03 am PDT
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A hole new kind of sport

I’ve never played a game of golf in my life. Luckily it’s a trait I share with the developers of WHAT THE GOLF?, a game about golf made by people who know nothing about golf. WHAT THE GOLF? has many different levels, but each with the same objective. Hit the flag at the end of the green. The catch? Each level introduces a new object to hit that has its own physics. This makes for a fun puzzle game that is much more about learning the trick behind each level than trying to actually play a game of golf. And it’s all the better for it.

Each level in WHAT THE GOLF? allows you to both control the angle and strength of your ‘shot’. I say ’shot’ because all objects you hit towards the goal handle quite different. From trying to hit a regular golf ball, to driving a car, to shooting a soccer ball while avoiding it being hit by kids who are chasing it, to shooting the actual hole to the hole. Each level made me smile or laugh out loud. It’s clear that the developers aren’t taking the game too seriously but are fully committed to delivering a fun experience that invites onlookers to also take a shot. Aside from the overhead levels, there are also a few 2D levels. Here the object also changes properties. One level has you playing as a tiny planet that pulls in other objects around it. It’s simple, but every level felt very clever to play once you mastered the trick to the object you’re shooting around the green.

The game can be played by almost anyone, since the mechanic is so easy to grasp. This is helped by the fact that both a traditional controller as well as touch controls are supported. I think this experience is a great introduction for people who don’t play a lot of video games, while also being a fun game to relax or pop in during your commute to work. There’s a lot of surprises to be found in every level, with both references to all sorts of films, television series and even other games. It’s sure to putt a smile on your face.

The article is written by Willem Hilhorst. Follow him on Twitter right HERE!

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Game Profile

What the Golf? Box Art

Genre Sports
Players1 - 2

Worldwide Releases

na: What the Golf?
Release May 21, 2020
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