WHAT THE GOLF? Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com WHAT THE GOLF? RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network What The Golf? Review: Punny Putt-Putt Parade https://www.gameskinny.com/f1jdx/what-the-golf-review-punny-putt-putt-parade https://www.gameskinny.com/f1jdx/what-the-golf-review-punny-putt-putt-parade Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:20:49 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

What the Golf? is a comedy golf game that seeks to uproot the basic elements of golf as both a sport and game mechanic. It seek to completely turn golf on its head in order to make the sport quirky and fun because let's be real: golf is boring.

So, how did Triband take a concept as sleepy as golf and make it creative and funny? Well, it's pretty simple honestly: they just broke all the rules. 

What the Golf? Review: This is Fractal Golf

The beautiful thing about What the Golf?, and what makes its premise work so well, is that it plays extremely fast and loose with the concept of the IRL game. It starts with the basic idea of hitting a ball toward a hole, and it just keeps skewing the concept until you forget the game is even about golf. 

One minute you'll be playing golf with 50 balls, the next you'll be playing a first-person version of golf that transitions into a shooter. Next, you'll be transporting an archer with a portal gun in order to hit a target.

What the Golf? is like a box of golfball-shaped chocolates, and the fillings range from vanilla cream to toothpaste. From level to level, it's hilarious. 

The game even goes so far as to have levels that pay homage other games, such as SUPERHOT and Super Mario Bros.

The game's ever-changing variety and its comedy are what makes What the Golf? truly delightful. The core concept and gameplay elements are so simple that changes in controls and gameplay don't feel jarring. In conjunction with the generally low difficulty curve, this gives the game a wonderful sense of flow.

That's helpde by the smorgasbord of extra modes, including a daily challenge with global leaderboards, a "show a Friend" feature that lets you show off levels, connections to the game's Discord server, and streaming functions.

Each level has three different missions to complete, and completing all of them will reward you with a crown. If you unlock all of the crowns, you're able to unlock some of the game's secrets.   

These secrets and surprises continue on the game's top-down overworld that connects all of the different levels. Here, you explore a gigantic golfing laboratory as a golf ball and hunt for secrets and shortcuts between levels. The main campaign will last you several hours by just completing the main missions in each level, and with the extra modes, missions, and secrets, this game is honestly a bargain at $20.  

It is possible to get easily lost in this overworld if you haven't unlocked specific shortcuts, and a map would have maybe helped this, but such a gripe only applies when backtracking or looking for secrets. Outside of this, the game is only sometimes hampered by occasionally finicky controls — especially in its 2D sections — whether you're using a mouse or a controller.

What the Golf Review — The Bottom Line

 What the Football?

Pros:
  • Solid length and oodles of content at just $20
  • Consistently creative and fun
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Very funny 
Cons:
  • Controls can be finicky at times
  • Navigation can be confusing, especially with secret hunting and backtracking

What the Golf? is a wonderful spin on one of the driest games out there, and it had me smiling bigger and bigger as I comfortably plowed through its surprisingly robust campaign.

Control issues can get irritating at times, and navigating the overworld isn't perfect, but these are merely a few dented clubs in a bag full of solid iron drivers. 

What the Golf? is available now for PC on the Epic Game Store, and will be coming to mobile platforms, Nintendo Switch, and Steam in the future. 

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WHAT THE GOLF? Reaches Funding On Fig; Adds Levels Based on Other Games https://www.gameskinny.com/bhbhu/what-the-golf-reaches-funding-on-fig-adds-levels-based-on-other-games https://www.gameskinny.com/bhbhu/what-the-golf-reaches-funding-on-fig-adds-levels-based-on-other-games Sat, 03 Mar 2018 23:27:42 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

The experimental and hilarious WHAT THE GOLF? -- a self-proclaimed "golf game for people who don't like golf" -- has officially reached its initial funding goal of $50,000 on Fig, with a whole three weeks left on its campaign at time of writing. The game's developer Triband has also recently released a free prototype featuring several of the game's levels, including a few based on other indie games. 

Over the course of WHAT THE GOLF?'s funding, Triband updated the prototype to include levels based on Clustertruck and SUPERHOT, titled Clusterputt and SUPERPUTT respectively. These were done officially with the permission of both Landfall games and SUPERHOT Team, and Triband says that these tributes are only the first of more to come. Both of these concept levels are available in the free prototype.

Here's the short trailer that Triband released for the Clusterputt level:

If you'd like to see the WHAT THE GOLF? campaign for yourself, maybe if you just want a closer look or would like to download their free prototype, then click here. WHAT THE GOLF? is planned for release on PC, Mac, and Linux through Steam some time in 2018. If you'd like to know more about the game itself, you can read our coverage of it right here.

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WHAT THE GOLF? -- A Golf Game for People Who Don't Like Golf Now on Fig https://www.gameskinny.com/2jbhw/what-the-golf-a-golf-game-for-people-who-dont-like-golf-now-on-fig https://www.gameskinny.com/2jbhw/what-the-golf-a-golf-game-for-people-who-dont-like-golf-now-on-fig Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:39:13 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

WHAT THE GOLF? is the kind of title for a game that was bound to catch my eye, and thankfully it seems as though the game it's attached to is actually a funny and creative one that may be worth looking further into. WHAT THE GOLF? is a sort of experimental comedy/multi-genre golfing game that recently launched its crowdfunding campaign on Fig. The game is being developed by Danish game studio Triband, whose members have all worked separately on a series of different games and other projects in the past, including the film Kung Fury.

The game self-identifies as a "golf game for people who don't play golf." Every level has the player tackling the concept of a round of golf in a completely different way, and in most cases, it barely resembles actual golf. The mechanics seem to change from level to level, and the intention seems to be to both create a very funny and unique golf game among legions of identical golfing experiences and to see how far you can reasonably stretch the concept of golf before it just stops being golf altogether.

These levels can have you do things such as golf with a horse instead of a ball, golf between planetoids, golf with like 50 balls at once, and even golf utilizing mechanics and aesthetics from games like Super Mario Bros. and Portal. The game has a funding goal of $50,000, and as of writing, it's just shy of the halfway mark.

WHAT THE GOLF? looks like a fun and clever little idea with a lot of variety and mileage in its premise, which may be worth checking out for fans of comedy games, unique gaming experiences, and especially those tired of stuffy old sports games that take themselves too seriously. Even if you don't plan on donating to this game, you should still give the Fig page a read, because it's a pretty convincing argument that this thing needs to exist, and it's pretty darn funny.

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