Whenever Zen Studios try their hand at something other than pinball tables, they seem to have the insane act of succeeding. Take CasleStorm Definitive Edition for instance, which head-charged onto our consoles. It was a crazy 2D tower defence brawler, and a belter of a game. And let’s not forget the infectious Kick Beat that chopped out some kicking beats with brawls. Now it’s time for the team to have a swing at golf on PlayStation 4, and hopefully it’s another up to par, hole in one release.
Infinite MiniGolf has a plethora of pre-designed courses to attempt. They’re wacky, bursting with colour and detail and look enticing. The game does feature a Course Editor if you’re interested in constructing your own layouts, but more on this later. For single players wanting a solo match with a decent amount of content then you won’t be disappointed. Tournaments, challenges, play solo or with friends, Zen seem to have your back on all fronts.
Upon starting a match you”ll discover how incredibly easy the controls are. They are hyper responsive too. Courses start off basic where it’s just a case of whacking the golf ball in the direction of the hole, bouncing off corners and sinking it in. Moving forward Infinite MiniGolf throws bizarre and off the wall courses at you, all of which take time to fathom out the best way to the hole. It’s not just the layouts that are challenging; there are moving obstacles to negotiate and crazy power ups that can take control of your ball. So as you can see, Infinite MiniGolf is more fantasy than just using skill and judgement to complete a round. This isn’t a bad thing. Just don’t expect fairways, bunkers and strict clothing rules. This is a different type of golf.
There are three different environments which have three different difficulty settings. A toy room themed layout, a creepy graveyard and a Santa’s factory, which all come bristling with eye-catching features from remote controlled cars spinning about to chopping guillotines blocking your path. Your equally as wacky cartoon characters all have unlockable features to access. Gaining in-game credits earn you goofy shades and funky clothing that all add to the kiddyish fun Infinite MiniGolf delivers.
But its main feature that hopes to lure players in and to keep them is the Course Editor and the cross-console features. Basically this means you can access user generated courses no matter what console you’re playing on. This also means you could be accessing enough content to keep you busy until the next US Open in 2038. The editor lets you be as creative and cunning as possible. You can create ludicrously difficult holes to infuriate the community or keep things more sensible. But who likes sensible? Either way, as the game takes off I’m sure there’s going to be some interesting courses out there to take part in. Creating a course can be fiddly, with so many selections to make and options it can become a daunting time. I suspect playing on PC and using a mouse may make for a swifter completion. I’m still yet to create something I’m proud enough to share but, hey, give me time.
With its main draw being the Course Editor and cross platform access, Infinite MiniGolf offers something potentially huge. If these features aren’t your bag, then there’s still enough content to keep you engaged and interested in the single player mode. Zen Studios have done it again and have created a fun and challenging ‘out there’ minigolf experience.
Lizard Rating 8/10
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