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Mini-review of Let's Golf


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  1. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    This is my new favourite game on android!

    I downloaded it from their site 2 days ago and absolutely love it. The game installs a 1mb app, and then the app downloads the addition 160mb (yes, 160!) files to the sdcard which keeps everything nice and neat.

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    But once you start playing it you can see why it's such a large game. It looks GREAT. And certainly, on my milestone anyway, runs perfectly smooth. The game has 4 locations - Fiji, Scotland, England, and America (64 holes in total). Though not all available at first.

    The courses are nice and varied, so there's no feeling of playing the same course over and over with just trees placed in different places - some holes are on an island, some have massive gaps or ravines in between the fairways, and each hole really does feel like a "new" hole.

    The controls are great too - once you're ready to take the shot it's the usual tap once to stop the power bar moving, tap a second time to get accuracy, but there's a good bit of setup you can do before you take your shot:
    - you can chose what club to use with a simple thumb flick
    - you can zoom up the the "estimated landing grid" and move that about
    - you can compensate for the wind
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    - after a shot you can put spin on the ball to help your landing.

    Thankfully the game sets you up with the right-ish club and right-ish direction each shot so the flow of the game doesnt get broken with endless setup's between each shot. It's an arcade game after all, not a boring person game like Tiger Woods or something!

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    There's a bunch of unlockables too - people, clubs etc. I won my first 9 holes last night (4 under thank you very much!) and my eagerly awaited prize was....a schoolgirl outfit for one of the girl characters! Not exactly what i had in mind, but it indicates there's a lot of unlockable replayability in the game.


    Apart from the usual tournament, arcade, free-hole game options, there's also multiplayer. I havent actually tried this yet however so the biggest question for me is whether the game is cross-platform compatible like the Polarbit games. If it's not, i can see game rooms being a bit sparse for a while until more people get the game!


    Overall for €5, it's the most "game" i've seen by a long shot. Absolutely well worth the purchase.



    There is a downside though. For those that haven't bought (or didn't know how to) anything from Gameloft yet - it's a dumb process. There have been lots of problems raised by people getting dodgy links, games not downloading etc etc, but that all seems to be fixed now. The real problem lies it the fact that the game is on the official android market.

    When you browse to Gameloft you get presented with gameloft's android games. Then you click buy, enter credit card details, and it downloads. Fairly easy. However when i mailed them asking about a storage locker like slideme, download history like the market, or simply how to I get the game if my phone get's wiped/i get a new one...I got a response saying "One purchase entitles you to one download of the game to one phone number and on one phone model only". Which is pretty pathetic tbh. So if you plan on flashing a new ROM or changing your phone, you better be pretty good at managing both the app, and the extra downloaded files in order to keep the game!

    Despite that, i think this game is too good to not throw down the price of a BLT sandwich on.

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  2. Mr_N1ce

    Mr_N1ce Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the review. Sounds great! Do the characters gain experience as you play more or is the customization limited to outfit?
     
  3. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I havent played it enough to have them advance yet having only got it the other night, but yes - the characters do improve.
     
  4. jwm2

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    As you progress through the tournament mode you'll unlock new items to apply to your character. Eventually you'll unlock new characters as well but thats later on in the game. I have this for the ipod touch as well and they did a great job on the port to android. I am running it on the droid incredible. When purchasing it i had to buy the version for the motorola droid, but it will install without a hitch and runs perfectly. My only concern is updates, i'm not sure how they'll handle that, but i don't see any flaws in it yet, so its not a big deal.
     
  5. Quboid

    Quboid Well-Known Member

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    What is performance like, and on what device?

    I'll probably buy this, but I intend to wait for GameLoft to sort out their purchasing system (either use the Market, or set up a proper online shop where we can re-download and such like). Also, their games have a reputation for having performance issues and such like, so I want to be sure this one is coded properly.
     
  6. MajesticFlame

    MajesticFlame Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I won't buy unless they put the games on the Android Market. I want to know I can download the game I paid for when I buy a new phone or start fresh on my current phone.

    I've bought a decent amount of games and apps on the market already just because they are tied to my account and not a specific device.
     
  7. DenverRalphy

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    I was pretty much convinced I was going to purchase this game until I read this line. :eek:
     
  8. DenieD_UK

    DenieD_UK Active Member

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    If it wasnt for the shoddy 1 purchase = 1 download thing I think this might have been my first droid purchase :(
     
  9. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    @Quboid

    I'm using a motorola milestone (aka droid) and it runs great with no slow down. Someone else says that it runs on the Incredible perfectly too.



    @everyone else

    The one-time download really is a kick in the teeth, but i wouldn't completely discourage buying it anyway, just this once! I'm limiting my gameloft purchases to Let's Golf only until they put themselves on the proper market.
     
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    I have been loving this game since I found it last week for my HTC Incredible. It is very intuitive, controls are great, and the graphics are superb.
     
  11. Quboid

    Quboid Well-Known Member

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    Eh, a one time download? Can you back it up (i.e. keep the .apk) and reinstall at will?

    I'm glad I decided to hold off. GameLoft really need to decide whether or not Android is for them. I'd welcome them of course, but their distribution model has to move with the times.
     
  12. Rota

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    Results are varied, with some people getting messages that the game is pirated and won't run when trying to reinstall, and others having it work just fine.
     
  13. necosino

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    If u purchase it and lose it, you have to re-buy it. So any firmware updates, formatting SD card, factory reset, etc, and you're beat.. Unless you pirate
     
  14. Rota

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    Yep. Gameloft shot themselves in the foot. I hope they don't expect to make any sales.
     
  15. Drazil

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    Boourns the resolution of this game is too high for me :(
     
  16. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

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    I agree, since was going to purchase until I saw the one download only. No need for this tactic now, since people's accounts are linked to their devices. All this does is (ironically) encourage piracy and not reduce it.

    I have went from G1, to Droid- could not at the time, get out of contracts, so went back to G1 and now settled with the Incredible. I have not had to repurchase one app and the purchase model ENCOURAGES me to buy MORE apps. 304mb on my Inc as of right now. This app would have been another, but will not now. Purely out of principle.
     
  17. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Good news! There's a workaround for the DRM

    If you're thinking of buying this, i'd do it now before Gameloft code a fix into the loophole and close the workaround!
     
  18. Drazil

    Drazil Well-Known Member

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    Well if you're gonna pirate it, I'd think you'd also pirate the version of the apk that still has the loophole.

     
  19. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    True, but i'd hope that the majority of android users wouldn't be scabby cheapskates and would just spend the
     
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    Do you choose "Desire" as your device? Incredible is not in the options when buying.
     
  22. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I have a milestone, but other people have used the "droid" option, should be fine for you.
     
  23. jojitsu

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    Realy good game this, as is Hawx!
     
  24. Jedii

    Jedii Well-Known Member

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    I have the Motorola Droid. I cannot locate this game in the marketplace. What am I missing?
     
  25. Rota

    Rota Well-Known Member

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    It isn't sold in the marketplace. You have to download it from Gameloft's website. One payment of $6.99 gets you ONE download, and ONE install. Therefore, if you decide to try a different ROM, the download fails, or you ever need to install the game again for any reason, you will have to pay for another download. Furthermore, since it is not through the Android Market, you won't get refunds, you won't get updates, and you won't get support.

    Basically, just pirate it and don't support these morons.
     

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