Clap Hanz is a studio closely related to PlayStation that produces very popular titles. Golf for everyone / Hot Shots Golf through multiple generations (over the course of 20+ years). She recently loosened her swing on him and took another path, however, letting go Applaud Hanz Golf on Apple Arcade. It’s that title that’s now on Switch like Easy Come Easy Golf; yes, brand identity with this developer can be a bit confusing.
For those who never jumped into PlayStation games, this is a good opportunity to experience the combination of easy picture study, cartoon caricatures, and decidedly addictive golf. It’s certainly a refined round, and thanks to those smart device origins, it supports multiple ways to play: you can opt for touchscreen swipe controls in handheld mode, while on a controller you can use stick shifts or more pressure. classic three button They’re all certainly functional, but this reviewer is a boomer who insists that golf games be played with the three-touch meter, and it works very well here.
The twist in this game is that you’re putting together a team of golfers, made up of some particularly wacky characters, and they each play one hole in a 9-hole round. You start out with a small group and temporary ‘mini’ players, so the main goal is to jump into ‘Tour’ mode to improve your rank, unlock more characters, and level up your team. It’s a strong campaign (sort of), with the progression to unlock more courses and characters, as you level up the ones you have, being very gradual; you will have to settle for a long time. It has a bit of a mobile feel to it (like challenges that repeat every day) but it’s not compromised by the microtransaction design, thankfully, and the difficulty is smooth early on as you learn the game.
The gear you unlock and level up can also be taken to other areas, such as “World Tournament” and “Online Matches”. World Tournament offers limited time challenges to take on as you try to get to the top of the online leaderboard. Online matches can be played against random players, or you can set up/join password protected rooms, which is great for taking on friends.
We were able to jump into a random match nice and quickly, where one player was a veteran with a top-ranked golfer, but another was just starting out. Character levels make a big difference to performance so there can be discrepancies, but it’s very casual and laid back on some holes. You can share supportive gestures that helped make it a delightful experience; if you want to take the game really online, you must face the Tournament instead.
Fortunately, the game is also loaded with other modes. ‘Bring a Club’ / ‘Pass a Club’ are two local multiplayer offerings that allow you to share a system and controller or play against someone else in the room with your own copy. You can also choose between all the characters and courses in these modes, which is a nice touch considering how long it takes to naturally unlock everything through the Tour. Beyond that, there are challenge modes called ‘Survival’ and ‘Score Attack’; these are pretty crinkles and are perfect for a little pick-up-and-play. Add to that unlockables, fun variations on course conditions, along with customization options for the Many characters, and there’s a lot of good content.
The gameplay is pretty good too, most importantly. The courses take a pretty realistic approach, so don’t expect the kind of quirks you get in Mario Golf: Super Rush, but they are interesting and increasingly challenging. There are plenty of them, and as you learn the mechanics and master new techniques, you’ll find courses that will really put you to the test. Sometimes some of the ball physics can be slightly quirky, but once you get into the game it feels like a great round of golf. There’s also a good balance in play: it can be a casual game for occasional short bursts, or you can get stuck in and explore different techniques in Tour mode.
Performance is perhaps the only area with some negatives. It’s competent, but the game engine is clearly suited to capable Apple devices as it struggles a bit on Switch, even making switch times a bit tiny a bit slow. We eventually adjusted to it, but you’re looking at a 30fps experience with occasional dips. If you try to skip too many animations or speed up the game, it can also crash and the game crashed once. To be clear, Easy Come Easy Golf works well overall, and visually it’s very decent, but it’s only slightly below the ideal level of optimization. The sound eventually creaks a bit too, really, with the upbeat, unimaginative music getting old pretty quickly. That said, this game is Perfect for relaxed handheld gaming with TV or background music.
Easy Come Easy Golf is, all things considered, very easy to recommend for fans of golf games, and a great Nintendo debut for the Everybody’s Golf series. It’s nice, polished golf with some fun twists that offers a lot of content to unlock and solid multiplayer options. Even with minor performance issues and iffy audio, we had a lot of fun and kept coming back for a few extra holes. It’s certainly under par, in a good way.