Mini Golf Ace first caught our eye with stylish stainless-steel courses and minimalist design–exactly the kinds of things we don’t expect in a minigolf game. That stuff is all well and good, but there isn’t $1.99 worth of material behind it yet.
Talk about a no-frills philosophy! The only option you’ve got in Mini Golf Ace is choosing a one- to four-player game (multiplayer is simple pass-and-play). After that, you’re dropped onto the first of the game’s 18 holes to start your round.
Putting is easy enough. A slow swipe across the ball creates a colored ring telling you your hit strength, while an arrow points out direction. You get up to six shots on every hole, and if you fail that par, the game simply advances you to the next course. The lower your stroke total, the higher your score. Most players will be done in 30 minutes or less.
The game’s courses sport some nice variety, featuring jumps, bank shots, hills, and other traps. We felt that the physics were pretty good–the 3D contours and elevation work well–with one glaring exception. If you hit the ball into the cup with even a fraction too much juice, it’ll run right over it, and possibly even jump out of the course.
Mini Golf Ace has some promise, but we need to see at least another two or three full courses and a physics fix before it’ll get our recommendation.