Golf is a thinking man’s game with a methodical approach that requires skillful precision, and calculated actions. There are two kinds of golf games with either a realistic approach, or a more free flowing arcade style. King of the Course is a new golf game from EA that goes for the arcade approach, while offering you a specific set of challenges. The game combines a Candy Crush style approach with golf, while infusing the intuitive and enjoyable style of Flick Golf. You’re given over 300 levels across a lengthy map that introduces real world courses and PGA tour pros.
The heart of the game is condensing golf into specific challenges whether it’s a drive off the tee, chip from a bunker, or long putt across the green. The challenges usually give you specific areas to target whether they’re score zones, bulls-eyes, or simple targets. There’s quite a bit of variety in the challenges whether it’s the unique set-up, varying targets, or even floating platforms to aim for, stroke play, or boss battles. Each level has a three star scoring system with a limited number of shots for the quick play set-up. The best challenges are when you get to play a complete hole, but the boss battles are also fun when you have a certain number of balls, and you try to keep as many as possible while targeting specific spots for each shot until you’re in the hole.
A typical 18 hole game of golf can be quite time consuming, while these levels are designed for on the go gaming to play in short sessions. With that said, you can also spend a surprising amount of time with the game, as it invites you to simply go from level to level to see the next challenge. One of the best parts of the game is the control scheme, which is made for touch allowing you to tap, and hold to power your swing, and then simply swipe forward at the peak of the backswing. The angle of your swipe adjusts the trajectory, and then you can swipe the screen while the ball is in the air to maneuver it in flight, and add spin once it lands. It’s a well designed game of arcade golf with a continuous supply of specific and varied challenges. There are some levels that are a bit tedious, and it would be nice to see more complete holes, or so many target based levels that don’t give you ten shots to have to play through.
King of the Course (Free, Universal) offers an enjoyable round of golf that is well worth picking up for a great balance of fun, and challenge on the links. The game is free to play with very optional inclusions for boosters, additional moves, and more turns, which rarely come into play.