Going over issues even with the simplicity of the experience that isn’t to say there aren’t some rough patches. Periodic inexplicable slowdowns are just part of the experience and I can’t say that I saw any particular things that seemed to trigger it so I’m not quite sure what the issue is, I’d even hit slowdowns while in the menus at times. Even as basic as all of the assets and elements used in the game are load times sometimes feel a bit on the long side, which does break up the energy in the crowd rather than being able to quickly move from mode to mode and keep everyone fully engaged. One casualty of the levels being procedurally generated is that some variants and their rule sets cause entire levels to essentially be unplayable. There is still some strategy to be had in these cases, with people at least fighting to get closest to the hole, but in some cases everyone just has to sit there for a few minutes waiting for the end of round timer to start counting down. Finally, while I love the fact that if you’re moving slowly enough you’re able to hit your ball even while going down a hill the detection for this can be spotty, particularly when you’re playing in modes that have irregular ball shapes. Your shot indicator will turn on and off a bit randomly, taking the oddball shapes into account and modifying the criteria for when you can hit may have helped manage this better. Ultimately this is a game that lives or dies on the willingness of the people who are playing to give in to the simplicity and embrace all of the crazy modes that it offers. If you’ve got a rowdy group of people who are on board there are some great laughs to be had with Party Golf, probably even for people who don’t consider themselves very skilled at games since so many of the modes have a certain element of chaos inherent in them. If, on the other hand, your crew isn’t buying the base experience it won’t matter how many modes you bring to the table, it just isn’t going to happen. If you think you can play with the right people there’s a lot of diverse fun to be had in this package though!
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]