Dangerous golf is a destructive sports game where you play indoor gold destroying all and every object in your path, the more destruction the higher the cost! Is dangerous golf a hole in one? Read our review below to find out…
When I first started playing dangerous golf it was a case of hit and hope, once I’d played a few levels and actually took the time to read the tips that you are given on loading screens I quickly realised there is an element of skill to playing this game.
To start off, taking every shot with the left trigger pushed down and pulling back on your thumbstick automatically gives you 10k in points before you’ve even damaged anything, then on to aiming at the more valuable items in the room can get you up to a 50k smash down bonus, mix that with hitting as many walls as possible before potting your ball can get you quite a hefty score, it doesn’t just stop there, you can obtain double smash downs and extra bonuses on each level by simply taking your time and trying different starting shots, sometimes aiming at the obvious won’t give you as large a score as you were hoping for and depending on the level if you hit X amount of items in said room you get a second shot which is called a Smashbreaker, this is where your golf ball is on fire, and it’s all about controlling the ball, it can be rather tricky at first but once you get used to it you’ll be racking up shots worth $200,000,
The game modes feature single and local cooperative world tours, both feature the same levels although as expected in cooperative you work together to destroy the level. You can also play party golf which is up to 4 players couch competitive play, you can select up to 9 holes to play in this playlist and finally, Online Clubhouse, in this mode you play online with up to 8 players simultaneously, either in a private match or with random players, and again make up your own playlist of levels, whoever reaches the highest score is the winner!
As mentioned above, the game is tricky to get to grips with, but once you’ve figured this out it does become quite an enjoyable game, especially if your friends are also playing it, the leaderboards can become quite competitive, I did encounter a couple of issues while playing such as the ball getting stuck on ledges, it would continue to spin making the game think you were still taking your shot and would result in quitting out in multiplayer or restarting the level in single player. In the beginning the levels are pretty straight forward basically smashing up anything you can see, as the game progresses the levels become more complex, some have multiple rooms in which you have to smash through doors and windows to gain access to other areas of the level, other mechanics are also introduced such as being able to use a pistol to tee off and putt the ball, giving you more precision with its laser sight, you also see buckets around the levels which later on you will be able to dunk your balls in to, giving you an extension on your Smashbreaker. As the complexity of the levels increase, so does the fun factor, as there is a lot more variety of what you can do in the later stages, you will find yourself experimenting with different shots and different directions from the tee off just to try and get the best score and that all important platinum medal
Graphically this is a well detailed game although it does suffer a little bit from frame rate drop when a lot of items are being destroyed, but with this type of game it isn’t really something to worry about, the audio is what you would expect with bangs and crashes etc, a rock track plays and seamlessly mixes in to the next track throughout the menu which was a nice touch and easy on the ears.