Golf is often described as a “relaxing” game, which is a fat lie. Golf is moronic, demonic—yet somehow compelling, which is why we fool ourselves into believing the sport is good for our souls. Super Stickman Golf 2 reveals golf for everything it is: Nonsensical, strange, unspeakably frustrating, and kind of fun.
Super Stickman Golf 2 is the follow-up to the popular and generally well-received Super Stickman Golf. The premise of the new game remains similar to its predecessor: Golf like the wind, baby.
There are multiple courses to work through, each with nine holes. Regular golf is silly enough with the way it expects you to hit a tiny ball into a tiny hole that’s ten thousand miles away with as few strokes as possible, but Super Stickman Golf 2 makes things even weirder by adding in bottomless pits, traps, and narrow shortcuts that are nearly impossible to whack your ball into, but you’ll keep trying at the cost of several dozen strokes because logic has no place in this game.
Fear not. Even if Super Stickman Golf 2 warps your mind and judgment, there’s no question that its physics are bang-on. You simply choose the angle and strength of your shot, then let fly. The perfect controls don’t necessarily keep the experience from being as frustrating as all heck, though. Even though the courses that make up Super Stickman Golf 2 look like something out of Dali’s worst nightmares, you still need to plop your ball into the hole within a reasonable amount of strokes. Easier said than done when you need to do things like bank shots off walls and slide your ball up 90-degree slopes. At times, you need to stop and take a deep breath before you wind up throwing your iOS device up into your ceiling fan.
Granted, frustration is a key part of any golfing experience. Complaining about it is like complaining about the sun in Africa. That said, there are a couple of things Super Stickman Golf 2 could do to alleviate some of its more aggravating moments. Being allowed to progress to other courses even if you don’t make par on the previous course would be nice. So would a “Oh God, I Give Up” option that penalizes you with a set number of strokes on a hole and lets you move on without forcing you to chip away at your ball until you’re twenty strokes above par.
But there are still tons of fun moments to be had in Super Stickman Golf, including a great sense of humor and the joy of a “hat lottery” that gifts you with skills-enhancing hats. If you like your golf weird as well as challenging, make friends with some stickmen.