Cursed to Golf, by publisher Thunderful Games and developer Chuhai Labs, is available now on the Switch eShop. While our own review is still in progress due to receiving the code only recently, a few other outlets have managed to get their own out, so we decided to do a little roundup!
It's worth noting here that these reviews will likely be based on the Nintendo Switch version, so there may be some issues here and there when it comes to presentation and performance, but this should at least give you an idea of what the game is all about.
Video Games Chronicle starts things off with a perfect 5/5 star, stating that the game is a true "stroke of genius."
"Cursed to Golf is a perfectly tuned game that effortlessly walks the line between challenging and compelling. It's a brilliant take on the golf genre, and its wonderfully designed stages and powerful shooting mechanic make it a dream to play."
In its 9/10 review, GameSpot shares similar sentiments, highlighting the simple, precise control scheme and outstanding replay value:
"Cursed to Golf is a truly unique game. With its simple hook, brilliantly designed levels, a superbly balanced roguelike structure, Cursed to Golf is a constant pleasure. There have been many great games released in 2022, but Cursed to Golf is easily at the top of my list right now."
Push Square gave the game an 8/10 in its review, lauding its engaging puzzle-like gameplay and appealing art, while critiquing the repetitive music and lengthy levels:
"The game succeeds at just about everything it intends to achieve. The pixelated graphics are vibrant and varied, the writing is funny and macabre, and the music is fantastic, although repetitive."
In its 4/5 star review, NME advises you to give the game a try, lauding its approachable nature while echoing Push Square's criticism of long runs:
"Cursed To Golf is an original take on golf, with charming 16-bit characters and environments that conceal a lot of deceiving hidden secrets under the surface. Its also a more accessible gateway into roguelikes, if also resulting in slower and shorter runs, while also tricking you into playing a deckbuilder with an inventive set of abilities to take your ball further."
Despite the often-harrowing difficulty, Polygon has praised the game's well-crafted gameplay mechanics:
"Ive found myself getting closer and closer to the vaunted 18th hole on every run, with no desire to stop until Ive regained my mortality."
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