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Twilight Golf Review

By , on December 26, 2009


Twilight Golf
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Real time light and shadow rendering bring levels to life.
  • Controls are easy to master.

CONS

  • Not enough use of the light.
  • Physics can act odd at times.

VERDICT

From the atmospheric music to the sedate and cool swinging lights of light and dark, Twilight Golf is a beautiful game from start to finish. While it would have been nice to make the shading more of a gameplay mechanic, it's still a rock solid physics-come-golf game.


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Sometimes a developer can get so caught up in showing off new and exciting features that they forget to make a game out of it that's genuinely interesting and not just a demo of "cool stuff". Howling Moon Software almost trips over that line in Twilight Golf, however it's a serene experience to enjoy from start to finish.

Twilight Golf is, as the name suggests, a golf-like game where stroke angle and power are determined by dragging away from the ball and at an angle. This is easy to achieve as an easy to follow guide points out just where and how hard your ball will fly and as puzzles continue this becomes second nature as a necessity. The physics engine responds intelligently, though some collisions can be fairly hard to predict despite repetitive practice.

The visuals are definitely a highlight here as Twilight Golf once again holds true to its name by making use of a complex and beautiful real time shadow engine that provides the complex lighting throughout levels. The art style has an ancient South American vibe, but some of the more basic textures do stand out as an oddity.

Much of the gameplay revolves around combining the use of the physics engine with your own ingenuity to solve each level in the minimum of "strokes". It's a shame the lighting couldn't have played more of a role, but it does provide a beautiful ambiance to the game. Physics fans and those who like golf games like Melon Golf will enjoy what Twlight Golf has to offer.

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