Golf With Your Friends is a mini golf game, developed by indie studio Blacklight Interactive and published by Team17. It started off in early access on steam in January 2016 and saw a full release in May 2020 for PC and Consoles.
Who doesn’t like a good game of mini golf with your friends? It’s fun, the courses are always exciting, trying to get through that cliché windmill is always a hoot, and you don’t have to look out for flying golf balls. But what happens when these fun courses get turned on their head a little too much? Well we’re about to find out now aren’t we!?
The first thing about Golf With Your Friends is that there is no story, but it is the perfect party game. Whether it’s online with friends, or with a group beside you on the couch, as you laugh at each other just smashing the ball as hard as you can, hopefully getting the ball in the hole in the least amount of shots. With a slew of course themes to choose from, including a few from Team17’s catalogue, like Worms, or The Escapist, there’s hundreds of courses to see and try and master. You can play standard minigolf, or play a weird form of basketball or hockey even if you wanted too, but these didn’t feel as fun as golf itself. Don’t feel like playing with standard rules? That’s fine, just set your own rules! With an infinite amount of shots, or only three shots if you want to make everyone’s life a living hell. These were all fun to mess with the few times I did.
I was excited to see all different courses in the game. Some are amazingly set up, while others are nice and simple, while others made me beat my head off a wall. Like shooting your ball through a space station and dealing with antigravity was exhilarating, while you have your basic courses that are more attuned to seeing if you can get a hole in one. Then you have some where if you miss even a single shot, you won’t get par on the course, and chances are, you will mess up a shot.
The one thing I could not stand about the game honestly is that the bounce mechanics of the game are so RNG, so that means you can make the same shot ten times and it will probably land in different spots on all ten shots. So when I was trying to “beat” the courses by getting under par on all of them, it honestly felt more like luck rather than skill at the end of the day. I seriously hated it and it made the game way more tedious and annoying than it needed to be. Though you can technically beat the set of courses by getting to the end, does that really count? When you beat sets of courses, you unlock new cosmetics for your little ball. So you can either change the colour, or put a hat on it, or even give it a shirt of some sort. My ball had a little sherlock hat and a balloon animal tied around it. It was fun to mess around with them but I honestly didn’t have that many options after finishing the courses so many times!
- Fun Party Game
- Tons Of Levels
- Customization Options For Gameplay
- Courses Are Too Ridiculous Sometimes
- RNG On Your Shots Is Too Annoying
- Other Modes Feel Pointless
At the end of the day I’m honestly not sure how to rate the game. As fun as it is, there’s so many things that bog it down. It goes from fun to maddening on the flip of a coin. I loved the level themes, but hated a lot of the course designs themselves. I recommend this for a good party game, but if you’re by yourself? Just stay away in all honesty.
Game & Developer Information
Developer Website: Blacklight Interactive
Developer Socials: Twitter
Publisher Website: Team17
Publisher Socials: Twitter
PSN Store Links: £15.99/€19.99 Europe / $19.99 North America
Trophy Information: 44. 1 / 5 / 17 / 21