Reviews are beginning to trickle out for Cursed to Golf, a new indie title that mashes up golfing with some retro-inspired platforming goodness. Well, that mashup seems to have worked. Early reviews are pretty great so far, even at this stage, and it's picked up a 10/10 from VGC.
Here are a selection of early reviews for Cursed to Golf, which hits Xbox today, August 18th.
It’s clear that the game has been designed with tremendous care and attention, and everything feels so perfectly tuned to ensure that players never feel frustrated, despite the entire premise being tailor-made. That’s an exceptionally hard thing to pull off, but we take our golf visors off to the team at Chuhai Labs, which has done so with gusto.
Every aspect of Cursed to Golf comes together to form a truly special and unique game. With its simple hook, brilliantly designed levels, huge suite of dynamic abilities, and a finely balanced roguelike structure, Cursed to Golf is a constant delight. There have been many great games released in 2022 so far, but Cursed to Golf is easily at the top of my list at this moment. It's one of the best golf games ever made, but you don't have to like golf to enjoy the curse of being forced to play it.
Game Grin (9/10)
Cursed to Golf is definitely one of the best golf games I have played in a long time. It captures the feel of classic 2D golf games of the NES and SNES eras, with a fun story and unique gameplay. Thanks to the huge variety of stages; every round feels new and fresh; they were never the same twice.
Push Square (8/10)
The game nails just about everything it sets out to do. The pixelated graphics are vibrant and varied, the writing is witty and macabre, and the music is fantastic – albeit repetitive. All aspects of the title come together harmoniously, creating an unexpectedly fun and funny roguelike with a refreshingly unique premise.
God is a Geek (7.5/10)
Cursed to Golf is a novel take on my favourite gaming sport, but ultimately some wonky balancing and excessive tutorials prevent it from being a great game. If you’re a fan of golf games though, Cursed to Golf adds some Roguelike randomness into the mix that you might just love.
Polygon (Not Scored)
Even with Cursed to Golf’s punishing difficulty, I’ve found myself getting closer and closer to the vaunted 18th hole on each run, with no desire to stop until I’ve reclaimed my mortality. It’s a testament to the craft of developer Chuhai Labs, which was willing to take such risks with such a proven formula that I haven’t stopped even after several punishing deaths. And I won’t stop until I finally remove this dreaded albatross from my neck.
The game currently sits at 90 on Metacritic (at least on PC), which is a very, very good score indeed. We'll have to wait and see how things pan out once more reviews come in, but for now, Cursed to Golf isn't looking so cursed after all!
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