Review by Drowning Fish

"See what happens when Top Flite makes a video game..."

They've made games in which you manage amusement parks, zoos, fast food chains, cities, and ski resorts. What's next? Well, duh, a golf course!

GAMEPLAY 9/10: I find this game very entertaining in terms of sit-down-and-play. Managing a golf course is significantly easier than Roller Coaster Tycoon, or Zoo Tycoon, but it will entertain you for several hours. If you keep at it, you can have a full-fledged five-star resort with all the trimmings in about four to five hours. There is one minor little detail in this game that really makes me mad, though, and that is those stupid gophers. They go and vandalize your holes by making holes of their own. Can they be stopped? Yes. They can be blown up by Pest and Rodent Control aka "Experts at exterminating those pesky GOPHERS." Unfortunately, rather than constantly doing their job like groundskeeping, they will frequently waddle back to their building and do absolutely nothing while there are still gophers running amok. It gets really annoying when you have 36 Pest and Rodent control out, half of which are in their buildings doing nothing, another bunch are wandering the grounds aimlessly, and only a holy, chosen few are doing their work. This is fairly minor, but it loses a point for it.

STORY N/A: There really isn't a story to this game. You manage your own golf course. You design holes, and build stuff. You try, and inevitably fail to keep your guests happy. Thoses are objectives, not a story.

GRAPHICS/SOUND 5/10: From the aerial perspective, this game is not bad looking. It is when you go into 'eyeball' mode and fly through the park that this game loses its luster. When you go into this feature, a menu pops up in which you have four option to balance out fog vs. frame rate. The higher the frame rate, the lower the visibility, and vice versa. If you look at the buildings close up, the are quite detailed, often having the name of the structure right on it.
The sound in this game leaves much to be desired. The music gets pretty old, pretty fast, and I soon tuned it out all together. The sound effects are interesting. Each building has its own noise that it can generate either randomly or when it is clicked on. Some, like the Resort First Aid, are amusing, while others, like The Family Cottage, get annoying rather quickly.

REPLAYABILITY 5/10: On a really boring, rainy day, you might go and play this again, but it just isn't a game I can see most people going back and beating over and over. The first time, you will get your kicks, but don't expect that again for awhile.

OVERALL 6/10: Though not up to snuff with many other managemnt sims, Golf Resort is not a bad game. You could do worse with $20 than to buy this.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.0 - Fair

Originally Posted: 08/10/04

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