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Let's Golf! 3

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Pitch and Putt

Product: Let's Golf! 3 | Developer: Gameloft | Publisher: Gameloft | Format: Android | Genre: Sports | Players: 1 | Networking: wireless (adhoc), Bluetooth, on one device | File size: 712 MB | Version: Europe
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In this country at least, golf is considered by many to be an elitist sport due to the prohibitive cost of equipment and excessive green fees.

But this latest instalment in the popular Let’s Golf! series attempts to ensure that the sport’s virtual counterpart does not attract a similar reputation. So it's free.

Or rather, it's free with in-app purchases, and while its freemium structure works in places it risks alienating fans of the traditional Let's Golf! experience.

You start by customising a cartoonish character whose appearance, skills, and equipment can be altered and developed.

You can use your character on six fictional courses located in exotic locations like the pyramids of Egypt and the Milky Way. Courses are colourful and richly detailed, with lush greens and fairways.

Strokeplay and Matchplay (duels) are possible on all 18 holes of each course, and there are 18 challenges available. A maximum of three stars are awarded depending on your performance, with each hole or challenge unlocked once you've achieved at least one on the previous hole.

XP is acquired in all modes of play and improves your custom character's level, which in turn improves stats, unlocks courses, and unlocks new equipment in the shop. XP can be earned simply by playing a hole, with more awarded for feats such as pars, birdies, and eagles.

The control scheme hasn't changed significantly from previous iterations. Once you've selected a club you aim your shot by touching the sides of the screen. Strokes are initiated by touching a golf ball on the bottom-right of the screen, while power and accuracy are determined by a meter.

Pay as you go

Let’s Golf! 3 is very similar to its predecessors in terms of how it looks and plays. What's radically different is its freemium structure, and in particular the energy system.

Playing a hole requires you to use one unit of energy, which is restored over time or through normal play. Energy is replenished at the rate of one unit per hour, and waiting for the clock to reset is perhaps one of the most tedious exercises you're ever likely to undertake in a game.

The most efficient way of acquiring energy is by using the in-game cash, which can also be won in the game by proficient players but is more easily acquired via in-app purchases.

If you're unable to do either of these, then Let’s Golf! 3 can turn into an extremely frustrating waiting game.

Although this payment structure means that everyone can play an excellent golf game for free, it also runs the risk of alienating its core audience. An option to purchase the game outright would have appeased those fans.

Let’s Golf! 3 plays as well as ever, but the absence of significant new features and the introduction of the obstructive energy system ensure that it's a disjointed experience likely to appeal only to those with serious amounts of time or money.

Let's Golf! 3
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Steve McCaskill  | 15 August 2011
Let’s Golf! 3 plays and looks fantastic, but its use of in-app purchases and its energy system means it borders on unplayable for those without bottomless pockets
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Jun 2012
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Garza | 21:03 - 16 June 2012
Seems great to me. The main problems mentioned is the limited number of holes you can play before you have to wait several hours to replenish your energy. However if you play online it is actually very easy to win energy units and you also get to play many more holes than if you played alone. I took several days of real time to get good enough to win or at least not come last online playing. Now there is no waiting at all, simply means playing a few online rounds in between the single play. Besides its the online gaming that makes these games more interesting so you can play as long as you want this way. Just to say that even if you are rubbish then someone in the match online usually loses their connection which defaults them to come last so you automatically win.
Apr 2012
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Duffer | 23:58 - 29 April 2012
I suggest playing until you can afford the red club. When Egypt is unlocked play holes 2 and 4. Very eagleable. Each eagle earns you an energy point. When you can afford the robot caddy get him, he'll double your EPs. Play 9 and 18 hole challenges and you'll advance quickly. Go back to easy holes on Egypt when you need to boost your EPs.
Feb 2012
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sundin | 00:01 - 14 February 2012
Uninstalled. Check.
Jan 2012
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7Iron | 03:32 - 23 January 2012
i down loaded the app and i cant get to finish the first hole it just quits what is wrong with the game?
Sep 2011
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Steamtraindoug | 02:07 - 20 September 2011
This is a rip off let us purchase the game rather than renting it.
Aug 2011
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Lizzy | 22:26 - 16 August 2011
Lets wait for the hacker to hack the energy wait limit
Aug 2011
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Pistols | 20:30 - 16 August 2011
I refuse to support freemium games. In this case you are basically renting your golf clubs every time you play. You get what you pay for and in this case a large bill for your enjoyment. Boycott it as if you support this model us gamers are on an expensive slippery slope
Aug 2011
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SaintCurmudgeon | 22:52 - 15 August 2011
I'm one of the alienated fans of the original games. I'd have willing paid a premium for a game that allowed me to play as I wanted. The "freemium" approach is nothing short of greed mongering for this game. It makes it virtually unplayable. I've already deleted the game from my iPad.

And I won't try/buy another golf game from Gameloft. They have really blown it on this one.
Aug 2011
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adithompson | 20:59 - 15 August 2011
this game is just awful. most would happily buy if it was a straight price but this structure ruins it. gameloft have done a real clanger here. stick to lets golf 2
Mar 2011
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derekg49 | 20:08 - 15 August 2011
Horrible loading times as well
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