Procedurally generated games have been the trend these days and it’s a surprise that Triheart Studio and Yogscast Games came up with the idea of turning a sport into a deck building game. Here’s a look at Golfie’s first impressions and we’ll convince you why you should put this early access title in your games library.
Put your cards on the table and you will have a great time playing this game of golf even if you are not a die-hard fan of the sport. The last time I played a game of golf was when Pangya was still a thing in 2008.
Without further ado, let’s take a quick look at what this game is all about.
How to play golf
With thousands of random seeds to play from, Golfie brings a new take on the roguelike and deck-building genre. Playing the first version of this game kept me hooked for hours. It is because of the challenging holes that this game offers.
At the start of the game you are presented with a randomly generated map that you can explore. You’ll also receive a default deck of cards, and Golfie prompts you to choose a random pick at the start of your run.
You will have options like adding a random rare card to your deck, receiving gold, replacing a card, etc.
Once you’re in a hole, you have multiple attempts to get the golf ball into the hole. Exceed the limit and you will lose health bars which are represented by a battery in the upper right corner.
Typically, one move (or turn) will allow you to play up to three cards. But you have to take note of the heat meter because it can cause you to lose a life once you cross the threshold.
To hit the golf ball, all you have to do is hold down the left click on the ball using your mouse and move it in the direction you want. The further you are from the ball, the more power you create. Don’t forget to equip your cards during your move.
Variety of cards
In Golfie, you will have at your disposal some interesting cards to play. These include maps that are out of this world like Magnetic Field, Teleport, Emergency Parachute, etc. The card combinations in this game that you can think of are endless.
There are also crystals that you can spot on your journeys. Hitting blue crystals will give you an extra card while pink crystals will give you extra benefits. These can be anything that recovers health, gains extra cards during your turn, etc.
From time to time you will come across vending machines in certain holes where you can spend your gold coins to get perks or new cards. Pay attention to the hole you choose on the map.
You will be rewarded with extra gold coins if you ever manage to complete a hole with fewer strokes. Here are some examples below.
The game is over once your battery health is depleted. This could be due to dropping the board, going past your heat meter, or finishing a hole past the hit requirement.
Visuals and audio
Now let’s talk about the visuals. Golfie reminds me of a popular Steam title called Golf with your Friends and I think the developers have done a good job of giving the game another twist by adding the card aspect.
I could definitely see the influence it had from Slay The Spire due to its similar implementation. We even recently reviewed another turn-based game called Oaken which also shares similarities with the Slay The Spire while adding a twist to the deck-building genre.
The team also thought about putting unlockable customizations for the golf balls because they have a face.
You will need to level up if you want to unlock certain skins. Hopefully, we can get them just by playing the game, because Battle Pass microtransactions are getting boring these days.
The game’s soundtrack is also quite decent. The music changes depending on the environment of the map. Playing on a beach? Expect the sound of festive steel drums. Listen to the sound of dark music once you enter the castle dungeon maps. I love the attention to detail they put here.
Despite its simple graphics, the Golfie team managed to create a different take on the sports and deckbuilding genre. It may even spark the creation of a new audience for the golf genre.
It’s also great that we can see the leaderboards that give us a chance to get competitive and beat the scores of whoever’s on top. We can generate your own seeds by typing anything – your name, a favorite song, whatever, there’s a seed for that.
Golfie is set to explode anytime soon, especially once they release their multiplayer, which I think will entice more people to play this underrated title.
We hope you liked our first print review of Golfie. Feel free to purchase or add to your wishlist on Steam and your game collection.