Published on April 5th, 2013 | by Papa Bear1
Super Stickman Golf 2 Review
Sometimes, while playing modern games, I think we can no longer take a challenge. Today’s games are far easier than the games I remember playing when I was a kid. Old classic games like Lemmings, The Incredible Machine, Robotron and others seemed to have an insane level of difficulty. It would require dedication and persistence to stick with a game, playing a level over and over again, before you could beat it and move on. I remember playing Lemmings and being stuck on some levels for ridiculous amounts of time. It seemed like I would never figure it out. I do not know if it is that we have a short attention span, that there are so many games to play, or some other reason, but games seem far simpler anymore. A few of the iOS games I have played recently were so basic that I was able to advance levels very easily. I almost wonder if it would have been more difficult to die in a level than to advance. I may be exaggerating, but there is no denying that games are easier now than years before.
This is one of the reasons I was so pleasantly surprised with Super Stickman Golf 2. Not only is it fun, with clever level design and silly physics, but this is one challenging game. I found myself holding onto my iPhone with a mixture of both frustration and addiction as I vowed to keep playing until I got under par on some of the harder courses.
Super Stickman Golf 2 is deceptively simple. Just get the ball in the hole in as few shots as possible. You adjust the angle and trajectory of the golf shot then choose the power. With a couple of taps on the screen, the ball is hit in the direction you chose, and that is it. Remember, I said deceptively simple. While the controls are easy to learn, the level design and terrain provide the real challenge. The courses start off easy, allowing the player to get used to the controls. The first couple of courses look similar to real golf, but with each new course, the holes add additional obstacles, hazards and crazy layouts that the game moves well beyond what you may think of as golf. That is fine by me because this game is a whole lot of fun.
Here are some of the unique features you will find as you progress through the game:
- purple goo – this must be really sticky because it causes your ball to stop on a dime and stick right where it landed even if it is upside down.
- portals – shoot a ball through a portal and it pops out another portal of the same color. Some levels have a bunch of different colored portals and it takes some thought to decide which one you want to aim for and the others you want to avoid.
- +1 and -1 circles – Shoot your ball into one of these spots and you will either gain or lose a stroke (sometimes even more!).
- Lasers – I have never seen lasers on the PGA Tour, but you will find them here on Super Stickman Golf 2. Avoid them at all costs or the golf ball will be vaporized!
These are just a few of the features in the course design of Super Stickman Golf 2. On top of that there are power ups as well. Put on various hats to give the golfer different enhancements. There are different types of golf balls that you can use to help you through some of the more challenging holes in the game. All of these features show that Noodlecake Studios did a great job developing a well thought out game that is both accessible and challenging.
Summary: A fun golf game that starts out easy but quickly turns extremely difficult. Some of the courses when cause you to want to throw your mobile device across the room only to grab it and play it one more time!