Gameloft’s Let’s Golf! is a fantastic casual golf game all the way around. It owes much to console games like Hot Shots Golf, and that’s a good thing — it brings the same level of fun and polish to a much smaller screen.
In Let’s Golf!, after a sweeping introduction across the course, your character tees up and waits while you plan your perfect shot. You can cycle through a list of clubs and even see the projected landing area for the ball on the mini-map as birds chirp and other golfers whistle in the background. You can also move your target in this view. If you move it far enough forward or backwards, the game even changes the club for you.
Swinging uses a half-circular meter; there is also an “advanced” control, which brings up a trickier touch meter. Once mastered it can add a more realistic feel. While your ball is mid-flight, a larger golf ball appears on the screen, giving you the option to spin it to affect how the ball rolls on the ground. The physics are pretty good, but the ball doesn’t always react realistically after it hits the ground. The audience is always on hand to provide you with commentary on your better — or worse — shots.
There are four different categories of gameplay. Instant Play puts is a quick three-hole run, each a random hole from a different country. It lets you pick one of four characters — two girls, two guys — with different strengths and weaknesses. The Multiplayer mode offers options for pass-and-play on one device or Wi-fi.
Tournament is the campaign mode. The game starts with two character choices, two course choices — the other two of each need to be unlocked — and the number and selection of holes (front nine, back nine, random, 18) to play. If you rank, you can get anything from a new outfit to a new haircut or nothing at all. You need to rank in all four parts of the course to unlock any new characters or courses. Finally, there is Free Hole, which is any selection of holes on any of the four courses — Fiji, USA, England, and Scotland — with any of the four characters.
There’s a handy in-game menu accessible at all times with the score sheet, volume control and restart. We love mulligans! If you get interrupted, the game will pause, and if you leave during Tournament or Free Hole, you can to continue where you left off. There is no save feature, however.
Let’s Golf’s rich graphics, gameplay, polish and game options makes for a great game for golf fans and casual sports gamers alike.