Vertiginous Golf (Kinelco & Lone Elk Creative)
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What better way to leave the drudgery of a dark, rainy, smog filled Victorian world behind, than to up stakes and live in the sunny skies above the clouds. This is exactly what the rich elite of Vertiginous Golf do. This is all thanks to the power of the Vertiginous Levitation System, which the poor workers back on the ground have to maintain. As a reward for their service, the workers are allowed to experience the wonders of the Vertiginousphere, albeit from a virtual perspective only.
It is not every day that we see a mini golf game set in a Steampunk universe, so we jumped at the chance to take a look at Vertiginous Golf. Interesting storyline aside (which the developers promise to flesh out into a fully blown mystery) there are a lot of unique features that make VG better than your average mini golf game.
Visually the game looks incredible, with high resolution textures and intricately designed, floating levels. The bold colors and Art Deco designs make each screenshot look like a painting, and everything looks even better in motion. To fully appreciate the design of each level, and to help you find your way, you can take control of a mechanical hummingbird with which to explore. This is a very necessary feature as the courses in VG are anything but straightforward.
Apart from the fact that the courses are in the sky and each wrong move can send the ball plummeting through the clouds, there are also all manner of obstacles to contend with. Pipes, moving platforms, spinners and travelators make up courses, which make reaching the hole quite a challenge. The physics based gameplay and challenge make the game feel like a cross between golf and Trials at times, but it is a lot of fun.
You have a putter and a chipping wedge at your disposal to complete the 18 holes that are available so far. To assist you the ball leaves a glowing trail and there is even a rewind feature, although the latter can only be used sparsely. The developers promise that the full game will have more than 45 holes spread across five courses, and will also include special themed courses. The local multi-player, which supports up to four players, will also be bumped up to online multiplayer for the full release. Also coming is customization options, Steam workshop support, achievements, trading cards and VR support.
The game is still in active development, but even in its current state it is a lot of fun to play. The developers’ value community input too, so don’t hesitate to leave some feedback on the discussion pages for the game. Mini golf games, especially ones with the kind of production values that Vertiginous Golf has, doesn’t come along very often so don’t hesitate to pick this one up.