Grab feathers and avoid arrows in this decent miniature golf title.
If there's one thing we need more of in life, it's mini golf, especially when it comes to video games. EA Sports' Tiger Woods series is too serious for its own good.
At least there's Egg Punch from Pixel Juice. While not the mini golfing app of our dreams, this title manages to pack a variety of levels at the best price of all: free.
The story's irrelevant, but it goes a little something like this. Some annoying rabbits stole a purple bird's feathers, and it's your job to get them back. Simple, right?
To play, you pull back on the egg (with bird inside) and let it go similar to a slingshot, gathering feathers en route to the rabbit hole that doubles as a golf cup.
Success heavily depends on literally working the angles on each of the game's 54 levels while dodging all manner of hazards, including arrows, fans and wind that works both for and against you.
Meanwhile, you'll want to earn as many coins as possible, since you need those to unlock most of the stages. Of course, there's always the reliable in-app purchase in case you're impatient. That said, you shouldn't have to spend a dime.
With this in mind, we feel the game could've been more enjoyable. The levels, while tricky to beat in a timely fashion, seem boring. Granted, we haven't had to dodge arrows on a real golf course, but we expected more elaborate designs .
Op top of that, it takes a little while to get used to the controls, gauging the force needed to reach the aforementioned rabbit hole without winding up at the start of the board, the result of getting knocked around by the various hazards encountered along the way. Most times, we were forced to restart, and that was just annoying.
We'll stop short of calling Egg Punch bad. There's fun to be had throughout its six unique worlds. As for a true mini golf game, the search continues.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
What's Hot: Fifty-four mostly tricky levels, adorable bird, free to play, universal.
What's Not: A lot of bland looking stages, controls take some getting used to.