Pukka Golf
Gameplay 9
Graphics 7
Sound 7

Forget about leisurely strolling around a course, carefully selecting an appropriate club, checking the wind speed and then making a shot. Pukka Golf provides you with a golf ball and a hole to sink it in as quickly as possible while throwing all kinds of obstacles in your way. It is a straightforward concept and done very well, making it both fun to play as well as very addictive. With tons of levels, each with multiple goals, expect Pukka Golf to keep you busy for quite a while.

Gameplay: Very easy to pick up and play, but challenging enough to keep you coming back for more.

Graphics: Simple and straightforward without any clutter, but could benefit from some more variety.

Sound: The audio is unobtrusive, but not very memorable

Summary 7.7 Great
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Pukka Golf

Developer: Kabot Lab | Publisher: Kabot Lab | Release Date: 2015 | Genre: Arcade / Puzzle / Casual | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Google Play | Size: 26 MB | Requires: Android 3.0 & Up | Version: 1.0.13 | Price: Free (With in-app purchases)

Don’t let the name fool you, about the only thing that Pukka Golf has in common with the real sport is the ball and the hole to sink it in. You still have to try and reach the hole in as few shots as possible, but instead of a golf course you are presented with 2D, side-scrolling levels that have more in common with platform games.

Pukka Golf packs everything that you would want from a great mobile title. The concept is very straightforward to grasp, but tricky enough that you won’t be breezing through the game without a challenge. The levels are short enough that you can complete them in seconds, but contain multiple objectives that will keep you coming back and, most importantly, it is incredibly addictive. You can earn three stars per level, one for making par, one for sinking the ball in less than the target time and one for finding the “hidden star.” The latter is usually tucked away in some far corner of the level and requires a bit of exploration to uncover.

To provide you with a challenge, your route to the flag is not without obstacles. Some, like water, must be avoided at all cost, while others, such as ice, can actually be useful when aiming to make par. Later levels also introduce new elements such as sticky patches or surfaces that make the ball bounce. This keeps things fresh and the variety on offer is quite impressive considering the large amount of levels. Playing the game is as easy as dragging your finger over the screen to set the direction and launch speed of the golf ball and then releasing to make the shot. What sets Pukka Golf apart from other titles, such as Worms Crazy Golf, is that you can make your next shot while the ball is still on the move. This is quite a game changer as it means you can, and often have to, alter the direction of the ball mid-flight. There is a small “recharge” period, indicated by a yellow circle around the ball, to prevent you from hitting it continuously, but it means that the game requires a little bit more reflexes than you would typically expect from golf!

The objective that you are aiming for also changes the way you play the game. For example, aiming for the par score usually involves using the environment to your advantages and relying on surfaces such as ice or bouncing pads to propel the ball as far as possible with each shot. The time objective on the other hand is obviously much faster paced and since the amount of shots doesn’t matter you get to slap the ball around a lot more. Slamming the ball into the hole, basketball dunk style, in a few milliseconds less than the goal time is quite a rush. Missing out on the goal time a by a few milliseconds isn’t so bad either as levels are short enough that you can simply retry instantly. Playing for the par made the game feel like a puzzle title while aiming for the target time turns it into an arcade experience.

Visually Pukka Golf looks nice, but can feel a little bare bones. Everything looks clean and colorful, but it lacks the “wow” factor to draw players in. The clean background keeps everything visible, but also means that the game doesn’t have the visual variety or charm of something like Worms Crazy Golf with its themed backgrounds and diverse color palette. However, Pukka Golf was created by only two indie devs and it is free to play, so it would be unfair to compare the visuals to titles with much bigger budgets and teams. Likewise, the audio isn’t too obtrusive, but the limited amount of tunes are quite noticeable, especially if you play a couple of levels in one sitting. The touch-screen controls work well and are responsive enough that I never had any issues directing the ball on the fly.

In addition to being a game that is easy to learn and very entertaining to play, the best thing about Pukka Golf is that it is free to play. You can grab your copy from the Google Play store and play the majority of the levels without having to spend a single cent. You will have to put up with a few ads of course, but with a single in-app purchase you can remove these and gain access to the remaining levels. This is more than fair and allows anyone to play enough of the game to see if it is something that they enjoy enough to support the developers. It also means that I can wholeheartedly recommend the game as players have nothing to lose by trying it out. Thanks to the excellent level design and the replay value of Pukka Golf I still find myself going back and trying to earn stars for some of the harder levels. The ability to challenge friends for the leaderboard also increases the longevity of the game immensely.

While it might not be as flashy as other titles on the market, Pukka Golf definitely delivers when it comes to the gameplay. Despite a very straightforward concept, the game manages a great balance of fun and challenge thanks to its great level designs and the inclusion of different obstacles. The game had me hooked right off the bat and will probably remain installed on my tablet until I have earned every single star.

Related posts

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Circle Of The Moon is a great start to the series on Gameboy Advance and has plenty of fun to offer. There are some small annoyances that drag it down but nothing too serious and while it doesn't eclipse Symphony Of The Night it is still a very worthy game. Gameplay: Similar to Symphony Of The Night but a lot harder with some very unfair sections. Graphics: Nice as far as Gameboy Advance games go but a bit dark and could do with more animations. Sound: Does not disappoint.

Pac ‘N Roll

Pac 'N Roll

Pac N Roll is not a game that is going to set your world on fire and astound you with its innovative new concepts but it is fun while it lasts. The controls work well and the levels become quite challenging later on. Repetition does start to creep in after a while so you might want to try before you buy. Gameplay: An interesting take on the genre. Graphics: Bold and cheerful. Sound: Apart from the horrible voice samples not too bad.

Bleach: Heat The Soul

Bleach: Heat The Soul

Despite the fact that this game is Japanese only there are more than enough western fans of Bleach. While the story is all in Japanese the rest of the game is easy enough to understand. The fighting is fast and the visuals look good, but with only a total of six characters the game is rather limited. It is fun while it lasts but unfortunately that is not very long. Gameplay: It is a decent enough button basher, but the limited amount of characters is a drawback. Graphics: The 3D cell shaded visuals capture the look of the series perfectly. Sound: Authentic voice acting and good tunes.

Temple Run

Temple Run

Running away from demonic monkeys while dodging all kinds of obstacles is surprisingly a lot more fun than it sounds. While the gameplay is relatively simple the game is addictive enough that you will be coming back for more. Best of all is the fact that it is free and the only purchases that requires real cash is coins which can be earned in the game so there is no need to take out your wallet unless you want to save some time. Gameplay: A very simple idea but very addictive. Graphics: Could do with a bit more variation. Sound: The usual drumming sounds interspersed with some simian shouts.

Archer Maclean’s Mercury

Archer Maclean's Mercury

Mercury is one of those games that requires a lot of precision and patience from you to get the most out of it. If you do not enjoy redoing levels over and over in order to shave off seconds from your time then you will probably end up being frustrated by this title. It is however a different and unique game that makes a nice alternative to the other PSP titles available. Gameplay: Addictive and challenging but requires a lot of patience. Graphics: Simple but stylish. Sound: Never becomes obtrusive or annoying.

Violet: Space Mission

Violet: Space Mission

While Violet: Space Mission features functional visuals and audio, it is the gameplay that impresses the most. The game packs quite a challenge and navigating through the debris strewn areas using only a propulsion pack is no easy feat. The high difficulty might turn off more casual players, but anyone who enjoys a good challenge will appreciate what this game has to offer. Gameplay: The challenge ramps up very quickly, but the game remains addictive throughout its ten levels. Graphics: The visuals are good, but nothing spectacular. Sound: Fitting, but thankfully unobtrusive.

1 Comment

  1. Sirenson February 1, 2015

    This is the kind of game that I would scroll right past in the play store without a second glance because of the name. No offense to the devs, but there are so many android games out now that unless someone is looking for a “golf” game they won’t even find this I think and people looking for a golf game might not want something like this which kinda puts it in limbo. After reading this review I get why you would call it a golf game but it sounds like the concept is far better than one would infer from the name. Not many people outside the UK might even know what pukka means. Anyway that’s just my opinion, off to check out the game now.

Leave a comment

1 × two =