You would probably be laughed at if you bragged about how great those 18 goals were at the bar of the clubhouse after finishing a long day of golfing fun. You would probably be schooled by snooty golf snobs about the terminology involved. Goals? Don't you mean holes? Ordinarily, these people would be right to question you, but in the case of 18 Goal Golf, you'd be well within your rights to strongly disagree. After all, 18 Goal Golf is essentially a puzzling skill game that has all the hallmarks of football, only with the scorecard of golf. It may sound unusual, but read on to find out why football and golf are not like chalk and cheese after all.
Getting your 18 Goals' worth in 18 Goal Golf is quite a simple affair in theory. The premise is that you're going to play 18 puzzling rounds, each requiring that you get the football into the hole at the other end of the screen using as few "kicks" as possible. The presentation makes it feel like you're inside a football stadium whilst the scoring system and the fact you have to sink the football into a hole to pass to the next round borrows exclusively from the sport of golf. As you can gather from this, it's a hybrid format that should please both fans of football and those who have more than just a rudimentary understanding of the Ryder Cup.
The mechanics of the game are typical of games of this kind. You use your mouse to click on the ball, dragging the mouse back a distance that directly corresponds with the power of the shot, slingshot style. The large the line/arrows emanating from the ball, the stronger your shot will be. After taking aim and choosing your power, you simply let go of the mouse to kick the ball in the indicated direction.
Mousebreaker (the people that developed the game) don't make it easy for you to remain under part however. In fact, there are two sets of 18 holes, one for beginners and one for advanced users. The beginner holes are obviously easier, but even these become more complicated as you progress. Expect to come up against barriers that block the hole as well as mechanisms that make it bounce unpredictably, spikes that will pop the ball, surfaces that make the ball travel in different directions, and even dynamite in the advanced stages. In all, the difficulty level starts off manageable and increases gradually as you become more experienced.
This game's graphics and general presentation are pretty much typical of Mousebreaker games. It isn't going to win any design awards, but it's not exactly amateur hour either. Expect graphics and design that are adequate for a skill-based game such as this.
As for the game's relevancy to the sport of golf, it's pretty much as relevant as it is required to be. You're knocking the ball into a hole after all, and you're doing so with as few strokes as you can possibly manage. This qualifies it to stand in the golf column as well as the football one. It is at home on Forres Golf as it is on a football games site like http://www.footballheadgames.com/, nestling in perfectly with games like Sports Heads Football whilst not being completely alien to games such as Verti Golf 2.
Experienced flash gamers will immediately notice the flaws in the game's menu design: there is no refresh button that allows you to restart the current hole if you've gone well over par. You just have to either put up with the score or retire to the main menu and start again. Aside from this, there's really nothing to complain about. This is a casual and fun game for casual fans of either golf or football, and you can play it by visiting http://www.roundgames.com/game/18+Goal+Golf.