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GolfStar

For: iPhone   Also on: Android, iPad

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Product: GolfStar | Developer: Com2uS | Publisher: Com2uS | Format: iPhone | Genre: Sports | Players: 1-10 | Networking: wireless (network) | Version: Europe | App version: 1.1.0
 
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Let's be honest: the humble golf game has barely changed since programmers first simulated the sport back in the day.

Over time, those programmers might have delivered better visuals and taken a few brave stabs at updating those tried-and-trusted core mechanics, but, in essence, it's a genre stuck in a rut.

Unfortunately for all, Com2uS's latest free-to-play game GolfStar presents no way out of this metaphorical bunker.

That's not to say that GolfStar's a bad game. Rather, it's just a very average, very familiar one.

Out on the green

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GolfStar features three different currencies: stars, coins and hearts. Coins flow free and easy, mostly existing to help you level-up, while hearts and stars are a rarity by comparison.

That's unfortunate, as every round costs a couple of hearts to play. And their limited nature means you'll need to spend actual cash if you plan to hit the green with any real frequency.

Stars, meanwhile, are used to buy cosmetic items for your avatar, plus consumables that offer multiplayer advantages.

We're not too fond of such pay-to-win features, incidentally. You may have noticed this.
GolfStar offers a solid mix of structured single-player matches and multiplayer modes (ranging from one-on-one online challenges to massive ten-man real-time competitions).

These modes are underpinned by a robust, if resolutely traditional, golfing core, with the classic swing bar taking centre stage.

Once you've selected your club and lined up your shot, you start your swing with a tap of the screen. Tap again to set your swing power, then once more to determine the accuracy of your shot.

Of course, you do have to consider the lie of the land, too, so you'll have to adjust your swing to take into account the slopes and bloody great water features.

It's a well-established formula that, while getting the job done, does highlight the workmanlike approach the dev has taken here.

A bit of rough

This 'going through the motions' approach - if you'll pardon the pun - is evident elsewhere in GolfStar. The visuals, for instance, prove adequate, if unspectacular, while the course design is acceptable, if uninspired.

Com2uS's lack of ambition here wouldn't be an issue in most cases. After all, the game is enjoyable enough and will occupy a few minutes of downtime here and there. However, it's far harder to ignore the game's conservative core when it's tied to Com2uS's aggressive free-to-play wallet mining.

The chance to push an in-app purchase - whether it be a cosmetic avatar upgrade or a more questionable consumable skill that gives you a multiplayer advantage - is simply never missed.

The most troublesome penny-pinching mechanic, though, is the arbitrary play limit. Each stage (including tutorial levels, amazingly) costs a few hearts to play. This forces you to buy more should you use up GolfStar's minuscule daily allowance.

It's the kind of contrived energy system we've come to expect from the cynically designed free-to-play titles, in truth. The question you need to ask yourself, then, is: do you really want to jump through GolfStar's incessant financial hoops when all you get in return is a competent, though far from exceptional, arcade golfing experience?
 
GolfStar
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Matt Wales | 17 April 2013
An entertaining, if unspectacular, mix of solo and multiplayer golf that simply isn't strong enough to warrant the constant in-app purchase demands
 
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bubs57 | 11:17 - 28 July 2013
This is my first post so be kind!

Agree 5 is a bit harsh. I don't like greedy freemium games but if we are going to mark them all down then Real Racing 3 should not be your highest scoring game. The big shame here is Golfstar is one of the best golf games I have played. It looks fantastic compared to Tiger Woods, makes Let's Golf look childish and offers true online play unlike Real Racing. Bad points are it's prone to freezing mid game, you can't play 18 holes.
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@Richuk123 | 22:37 - 23 July 2013
I think 5 is a bit harsh, but until EA bring an updated "Tiger Woods" game to the platform (which is doubtful) then this is best your going to get.

And its the same with FIFA. There is a huge opportunity for a devolper to make this market, on android, its own.
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Josh Dombro | 20:17 - 22 April 2013
I agree with basically everything you said. Most aspects of the gameplay are annoying and the IAP-gouging is particularly bad. Average is a pretty fair assessment...
 
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