Twilight Golf Review
- Real time light and shadow rendering bring levels to life.
- Controls are easy to master.
- Not enough use of the light.
- Physics can act odd at times.
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.
Long ago, legends were told of a day when the skies would darken in unending twilight. In preparation, the Twilight Temple was constructed deep underground to keep safe the golden orbs that had the power to call back the sun. The legend and temple have been long forgotten… until today when the sun forgot to rise!
About Twilight Golf:
Adventure deep into the lost Twilight Temple unlocking its mysteries and bringing light back to the world! Experience Howling Moon Software’s unique SHADE shadowing engine, the first real time dynamic shadowing system seen on the iPhone combined with smooth physics.
Each puzzle has you trying to reach the goal using the fewest strokes. Blocking your progress are a number of obstacles such as teeter totters, gears, ratchets, drawbridges, swinging chains, gravity orbs, sticky orbs, levers, flip flops, elevators, and much more! Beyond the great gameplay are top notch graphics and the physics based sound system. Twilight Golf is an iPhone adventure like no other.
* Takes full advantage of the powerful Chipmunk Physics engine
* Uses our new SHADE shadow engine for amazing lighting effects
* 30 unique puzzles, with intricate handcrafted levels
* Captivating ambiance, haunting music, physics based sounds, and stunning visuals
Don’t take our word for it, this is what Twilight Golf players are saying:
“I didn’t know what to expect when I first opened up this application. But, as I started to play, I recognized the physics elements in the game and started to enjoy it immediately. The first level hooked me already. The visuals are very nice and polished. The various levels provide for very unique gameplay, where trial and error is mixed with strategy and timing.” – Kong Shi
“Awesome, awesome game! ... Love the mechanics of the game. The ball responds exactly as you expect it to. The look and sound are really cool.” – Andrew Brown
“So far, it’s amazing, just like Crayon Ball. love everything currently in the game, the music, the cave environment, the lighting, and the smooth physics.” – Cameron
What's New in Version 1.3.0Added PlayHaven Support
Upgraded to latest iOS version
Upgraded to new Chipmunk version