Mini golf is usually seen as the toned down version of ordinary golf, made mostly for children but enjoyed by a considerable number of adults too. Like toy trains, or breasts. Now, if we got it right, Vista is a brand of golf turfs who gave their license to this game, despite the fact that this game is mini golf oriented. Indeed, Vista Golf is a casual golf game that’s actually surprisingly entertaining. Balance wise, it’s better than some serious golf games, and it has some visual glint and interesting turf design.
Much akin to real mini golf, Vista Golf don’t boast with some intricate story. Actually, there’s no story at all, there’s just a series of mini golf courses you get to play one after another. If you’re feeling like Happy Gilmore, you could make up the story about you helping the poor little ball go home to give yourselves motivation. But the crazy antics of this game will entertain you enough by themselves. Yep, on the scale of crazy vs realistic, Vista Golf leans hard on the crazy side. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if the game offers a decent level of challenges like Vista Golf does.
Vista Golf plays as you imagine it would. There’s a ball, there’s a hole, and your goal is to put one into the other. You control your swings by dragging a finger back from the circle that surrounds the ball. While aiming, you can see how hard you swing and the direction you’re going to thwack the ball in. When you release your finger, you’ll launch the ball in the desired direction. Pinching lets you zoom in and out on the turf, and swiping outside the circle will make the camera move around.
Currently, there are three courses available at the start, sorted by difficulty, and the game promises new content on a regular basis. There’s also an infinite mode in which you just thwack balls into holes until you get bored. You can also unlock achievements by doing specific actions. The whole thing looks and works really fine. The only flaw worth mention is that sometimes the scenery gets in the way of your shots, and while you can move the camera around, it’s occasionally impossible to get the perfect sight on a putt. Sometimes you’ll fail a shot because your finger grazed the circle while you were panning your camera, but that won’t be a problem on larger screens.
Vista Golf is a slick, though not particularly deep, golfing experience. It’s fun while it lasts, and it’ll definitely fit nicely into those small chunks of idle time that mobile gaming is perfect for.
Though it has some vision problems and is too silly for serious golfers, this arcade-like mini-golf game will delight anyone who likes to putt around.