Alas, I haven’t been entertaining a lady friend; I’ve been rocking Super Stickman Golf.
Like Blast Monkeys the other day, I’ve been playing Super Stickman Golf on my HTC Desire HD. It’s entirely free from the Android Market. If you fancy the iOS version, however, it’ll set you back £1.99. Pretty steep, but it’s pretty good.
So, if I said Super Stickman Golf was very much like one other mobile game, an incredibly popular one, what would your guess be? That’s right, it’s Angry Birds. Super Stickman Golf is essentially Angry Birds dressed up in golf clothing. Sort of. But that’s not a bad thing.
You set the angle with a pair of arrows in the bottom left, and set the power with the meter in the bottom right of the screen. You know how those work, right? Tap once to get the power meter going, and tap again to set the power. Par for the course in golf games (pun absolutely intended).
I initially struggled a bit with the controls. In golf games I’m used to having an array of clubs, with a vague idea of where the ball will land if I hit it with 100% power. Super Stickman Golf, on the other hand, uses just two clubs: one for smashing the ball around and a putter when you land on the green.
It took a bit of getting used to, but the controls are actually pretty sweet. After a few courses you’ll be effortlessly smacking the ball around with pinpoint precision. Unless you’re rubbish, in which case you might not.
To mix things up a little, Super Stickman Golf throws in a selection of unlockable power-ups, such as the mulligan allowing you to re-take a shot, the sticky ball that sticks to walls, and the ice ball that freezes water hazards.
The first batch of levels, beginner courses, is easy enough. It’s not much trouble to hit par, which – incidentally – you have to do to unlock the next course. There are 16 beginner courses in total, and nine holes in each, so that’s… a lot of holes.
The nine intermediate courses will have you cursing under your breath (or at the top of your voice, if you’re anything like me), and the seven advanced courses will make you want to destroy your phone. Great stuff.
And that’s Super Stickman Golf. It’s very good.
- Lots of courses
- Lots of power-ups to unlock
- Free for Android
- Controls take a bit of getting used to
- Possibly too easy at first
- Infuriatingly difficult at times
Summary: Super Stickman Golf is pretty darn good. Just don’t blame me if you throw a tantrum and smash your phone to bits.
Developer: Noodlecake Studios
Requires: Android 2.1 (Eclair) or above