Minigolf games are among the most fun to play in the world of video games. Zen Studios nailed the experience with Infinite Minigolf, a fun, and addicting experience with the putter.
Zen Studios is more noted for their pinball games, but they’ve also created quite a minigolf game with Planet Minigolf which was available on previous generation consoles. Now, the sequel/spinoff for the game is out, titled Infinite Minigolf, and it has a familiar gameplay style to that, of Planet Minigolf.
Immediately, you’ll notice a simplified main menu which gives you the option to play solo, play online, and customize your character (which we’ll get to). If you choose Solo Play, then you’ll have your choice of three locations: Giant Home, Nightmare Mansion, and Santa’s Factory.
This is where you can choose what to do. If you pick Quick Play, you’ll be dropped onto the tee of a hole at your selected location.
Here’s the awesome part though, in Infinite Minigolf, you can design your own holes. So when you choose Quick Play, you’re automatically playing on a random hole created by another user.
This is an awesome way to enjoy a quick play mode in a sports game. No two holes are alike, so you’ll never know what awaits you on the next tee.
Best of all, you can continue to play as long as you want. There’s no limit of nine or 18 holes.
Want to play three holes? Go ahead. Want to get all PGA Tourish and go 72? Knock yourself out.
Also, you won’t be running out of holes to play anytime soon, as there are over 11,000 holes built as this piece is being written. No doubt that this number will continue to grow.
With this many holes, the replay value is very high.
The gameplay is very smooth with a very solid putting stroke animation, as well as its ability to test your timing and power judgment. The ball physics are excellent, as the ball rolls as smooth as you’d see in real life.
Power-ups return in the game, bringing the extra fun and strategy to each round you play. And playing on so many different hole designs, the imagination can run wild.
As you play, you can unlock cards based on how you played. These cards are the game’s currency and your ticket to new gear.
In most packs, you receive two cards. Each card will show a silhouette of the item you can get.
If it’s the silhouette of a shirt, and there’s a number “2” below it, this means you’ve earned two cards you can use towards the purchase of shirts for your golfer. Birdies, eagles, and aces can help you net cards on the course.
Off the course, you can buy packs with gold coins that you can earn on the course by completing challenges. That can be reaching a certain score by the end of a hole or using a certain power-up during a round.
Even purchasing a new item can you earn you some coins. You receive 100 coins each time you complete a challenge.
Once you’ve got enough coin, you can choose between three packs in the store. One pack being 500 coins, while the others are 1,000 and 2,000 respectively.
The most expensive pack guarantees you an avatar item that can be worn or used immediately. This one top of four cards, you get as well.
You can also play in tournaments, which serves as the career mode for Infinite Minigolf. You play nine-hole rounds in the three locations.
There are four bosses for each location. However, you do not play against them, you are tackling the courses they built, as you battle against three other CPU avatars.
Each boss has three courses, starting off on “casual”. In order to unlock normal and hard difficulties, you must complete the casual tourneys.
It’s a fun and simple career mode that can really help you rack in some coins and cards. The tournaments also play as sort of a metaphor for traditional golf in that, you’re dancing with the courses, which means you are in a boss battle with the designers.
That’s the case in Infinite Minigolf as well.
Customization is the juice of the game and is what makes it so fun. You can choose between a male or female character and change their looks any way you like, from shirts and hats to hairstyles and shades, you can really style your golfer out.
You can also change your putter and golf ball as well. One of the cool things that I liked is that most of the putters that you can use are replicas of traditional golf putters.
So if you want a little pro golf flare, you can use one of the dope PGA Tour style sticks. If you want to change things up, you can unlock some specially themed putters. These can be a classic, pixelated putter, a cane, or even a hockey stick.
With a ton of fun customization options, it makes you eager to earn some more cards to unlock everything. This will also require you to level up, which you can do as you continue to play the game.
The course creator is full of great ways to put your armchair architect skills to the test. You can get creative in so many ways, because, you can do more than place your routing and add power-ups to the mix.
You can even add certain transportation methods to help you get to the hole after a perfectly hit shot. You can even place a drone to send balls to different locations on the hole when hitting to the drone’s starting spot.
Having played several holes, there are definitely some incredible holes designed by the community. It’s this creativity that helps give a game great longevity, and Infinite Minigolf does a great job in this department.
Online play features several modes. You can either play for fun or play competitively like in most games.
You can play in online tournaments both for fun or for competition, which takes four to eight players to play. If you just want a good ol’ fashion duel, you play one vs. one or you can have a classic foursome as well as Hole or Nothing which also requires four players.
If you want a date with madness, you do a “Crazy” round which is eight players in a non-tournament setting. Overall, the online has a fairly solid amount of options for every type of golfer.
The one flaw, the game does have is the lack of locations. Certainly, the 11,000 plus holes help keep the game fresh, but seeing the same scenery between three locations can get a little tiresome after a while.
That said, most smaller titles do an excellent job of staying fresh with new content. So, I’m confident that we’ll see more locations in the near future, to add to the experience.
As a whole, Infinite Minigolf does a great job of receiving the torch that was passed down by Planet Minigolf which was a ton of fun to play. The new game is more personalized with better golfer customization options and even more wacky course design features.
All of this while still keeping the quality gameplay that PM had. From fun cartoonish graphics to solid animations to great ball physics, Infinite Minigolf is a winner for next-generation mini golf games.
Final Score: 8.5/10
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Golf is one of the most versatile sports in the world. There are numerous ways the game can be enjoyed, and one of those options is with the putter.
To celebrate the world of sniping with the putter, the sports gods created minigolf. Infinite Minigolf is a game that showcases the wackiness and fun of the smaller variation of golf.
The game is the successor to Planet Minigolf, a fairly popular game on the PS3, that featured many golf holes designed by the community. This helped keep the game fresh, with new ways to play everyday. It also help make the online experience very enjoyable, and I personally put some solid hours into that game.
It’s also yet another game that is added to fairly rich library of golf games that are available now. Infinite Minigolf is part of the new generation of golf games, as we transition into a golden age of gaming, where the industry is stronger than ever before.
I had the chance to do a little Q&A with with Desiree Frost at Zen Studios, to talk about the new minigolf game that will release sometime this Summer. Enjoy.
Colin Mieczkowski: What made you guys come up with the idea for Infinite MiniGolf?
Desiree Frost: Infinite Minigolf was greatly inspired by Zen’s fans! Zen Studios released Planet Minigolf in 2010 on PlayStation Network which was loved by many players and is still widely played today! Zen received such inspired ideas and feedback from players that we were motivated to bring the audience the long-awaited follow-up minigolf experience.
CM: Are you guys golf fans, minigolf fans, or just enjoy making fun games?
DF: YES! – to all the above. There are a ton of Minigolf fans here at Zen Studios. In fact, one member of the team wants to open a real life Minigolf course some day! Of course, the common denominator among each of us is that we love to make fun games!
CM: What are some main courses or locations players can play on?
DF: This is our favorite part of Infinite Minigolf – there are an infinite amount of possibilities! Not only are there beautifully designed themed worlds within Infinite Minigolf to explore, but we have also implemented a course curation process that allows players to search for courses that best match their interests! If a player is in search of the most challenging, or maybe the most creatively designed courses, they have access to them. The possibilities of playable courses are endless!
CM: How much emphasis did you guys put into player customization?
MK: Through gameplay, players can unlock awesome minigolf gear and wearables to modify their character’s style to best suit the player’s personality. There are a ton of cool items to collect in the game!
CM: We know about the game’s deep course designer, what are some of the main things players can look forward to as they dive deep into creation?
DF: Again, the endless possibilities inspired by the course creator is Zen’s favorite part of Infinite Minigolf! Players should be excited to see a lot of their feedback and ideas implemented in this portion of the game. The best thing to look forward to in the course creator is the freedom to create to the limits of their imagination! Players construct the courses from beginning to end, creating the course layout, scheming course obstacles, decorating with a ton of fun objects for each theme, and even furnishing their courses with power-ups of their choosing. Once the course has been created, it can be shared with the game community for all to play.
CM: VR has become a major hit, how excited are you guys about making the game compatible with the PlayStation VR?
DF: Zen has had the opportunity to make several VR titles, so when we developed Infinite Minigolf we were excited to bring the beautifully designed game to life in a whole new way, immersing players into the fantastic worlds of Infinite Minigolf. It is also a lot of fun to build courses in VR – you have this feeling that you are a real-life creator and all of these tools are at your fingertips.
CM: Will players be able to use the PlayStation Move motion controller when in PS VR mode?
DF: At this time, we are evaluating the technology to see what would best compliment this particular game.
CM: Will there be events or tournaments players can participate in when playing online?
DF: Players will have the opportunity to host their own custom matchups with friends, but at this time, organized tournaments are not an available feature in Infinite Minigolf.
CM: Are there any popular features returning from Planet MiniGolf from the PS3 days?
DF: Yes! Again, Infinite Minigolf was inspired by Zen’s fans, and through their feedback we identified which features were most important to them. Infinite Minigolf players will find features from Planet Minigolf reimagined for an elevated minigolf experience.
CM: Finally, is there a release date for the game, and where can fans go to learn more about Infinite MiniGolf?
DF: We are working hard to finish the game, we will have a release date soon! Stay tuned to our blog, social media or www.infiniteminigolf.com for upcoming announcements.
Colin Mieczkowski is the founder of the GP Golf Report and has written about golf, video games and basketball among other topics. He can be followed on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio and can also be read at Pro Golf Now.
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