Review Golf Island
Play golf on some far out places
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 04 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Good ball control, fun gameplay, imaginative environments
Crazy amounts of ads
Golf Island for Android is a mobile golfing game that teeters on the line of being a straight up arcade game. And that’s actually alright because I had a blast with this game - at least for a bit, anyway. Eventually, the amount of grind and the obscene ads just wore me down.
I hate to say it because I really enjoyed this game, but it is a shining example of how obnoxious mobile gaming can be. If this were a paid app that had linear progression the same way a typical game does and did away with the ads, I’d be singing its praise, but instead the game’s entire model is a tease.
You have a time limit on the amount of times you can shoot the ball. Think of these as runs. What you want to do is hit the ball and then guide it into the hole as best you can, and you want to be quick about it because you’ve only got about 30 seconds to score as many points as you can. The problem is that you’re shown a full video ad after every one of those 30-second runs. Worse yet, you have to meet a score threshold in order to progress to new levels, and those thresholds are pretty dense.
After a while, it almost felt like I wasn’t make much progress at all. I kept playing and playing, but never saw any other levels like the dessert or space levels. I’d have loved to see meaningful progression methods to unlock these, but instead you just have to play a ton.
Golf Island is a bit disappointing because it came on so strong but left me completely void after I spent a lengthy amount of time with the game. Its obnoxious money grabbing scheme ultimately just turned me off from its awesome gameplay.