Are you reading this review at work? If so, try playing Cubicle Golf for real. See that empty cubicle down the hall? Try to shove your rolling office chair over to it in, lets say, three “swings”. Ready? Go!
Assuming you haven’t been hauled off to HR for disrupting office productivity or damaging company property, you may have found real-life Cubicle Golf to be a bit of playful fun. We felt the same way about the iPhone game, which lets you goof off without distracting your coworkers.
Do the shareholders know what we paid for that carpet?
In Cubicle Golf, you control one of four different “clubs”, which are actually just bored office drones sitting in rolling office chairs. There’s your driver, Jim from Marketing, a skinny guy who gets the best distance with just a little nudge. There’s also Ralph from IT, your putter, who’s heavy and only rolls a short distance, and Charlene from HR, who’s in-between.
There’s also Mr. Hazard, who most of the time walks around the stage trying to catch you in the act of Cubicle Golf. If you knock into him, you’ll get a one stroke penalty and have to start at the beginning. But if you get a hole in one, you can play as Mr. Hazard, which takes him off the board as an obstacle.
World’s bounciest boss.
Cubicle Golf has loads of personality. The action takes place from a top-down perspective, and the “clubs” appear to be digitized versions of real people. Our absolute favorite detail is the dry golf commentary that narrates every action, from your selection of golf clubs to your swings.
As much as we like Cubicle Golf’s concept and execution, it’s sorely lacking some important features. The game contains just 18 holes, and each hole will take you a minute or two to beat. You can play them again for a better score, but without online leaderboards, there doesn’t seem to be much point.
Cubicle Golf’s main problem right now is a lack of content, not a lack of imagination. We love the concept, and it’s at a nice, low price, so pick this one up if you need a workplace-themed distraction. Otherwise, wait until they sweeten the deal with some new courses and online high scores.