Reviewed: November 9, 2010
Released: October 27, 2010
Released just in time so you donít have to worry about any clunky Kinect controls, 3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures 2 arrives on XBLA giving family and friends a great way to spend the day around the TV. This fun and challenging sequel delivers 50+ exciting holes grouped into several fun themes that will delight and challenge all who play.|
Fans of the original will feel right at home with the classic putting-style gameplay that has you figuring out the best way from the tee to the hole in the fewest strokes, keeping in mind that sometimes the best path is not always the shortest. As before, each hole has at least one shortcut that is usually as hard to discover, as it is to utilize. And you can expect all those fun power-ups to be lying around just waiting to be used to your tactical advantage.
The first thing to do is to pick and customize your character, or even better, you can now bring in your Xbox avatar Ė time to go shopping for appropriate sportswear. Then itís all about picking your game, your course, and choosing all the players. The course themes are awesome including a Haunted Manor, a Manic Museum and a Winter Wonderland. More courses will certainly be coming as part of the promised downloadable content and a full-featured course editor will allow you to design and share your own hole or even entire courses.
The game controls are simple and you can tweak to your personal taste choosing from classic triple-tap to power-hold, or even a pure analog swing. With full 3D camera control, top-views, and zoom ability, you can always get the perfect line on the hole. The audio is great with fun music and awesome sound effects that fit the theme of the course and even specific fixtures on each hole. Itís really immersive.
My only real complaint with the game is that often the holes are so insanely complicated it seems you are navigating some crazy Rube Goldberg contraption rather than a miniature golf course. While figuring out these puzzles is pretty fun, once you do, youíll certainly have an unfair advantage over your competition, plus if you happen to go first other uninformed players can mimic your tactics.
Still, the game seems to be a huge success with my family and group of friends, and remains as one of the most requested of my casual arcade titles when people are over. There is something undeniably fun about miniature golf, even on the Xbox 360 and even when itís so crazy it no longer seems like golf.