Golf is quite a popular sport, but it is one that has a great deal of financial and logistical restrictions tied to it. To enjoy golf to its fullest extent you have to be a member of a golf club, own your own set of golf clubs, and be able to sacrifice the majority of the sunniest of days of the year to an epic 18-hole extravaganza. Mini golf is a different story however, especially when you only have to pop to your browser to enjoy the fun. Verti Golf 2 is a simple yet fun golf game that although isn't a true reflection of the sport, is a very fun cross-section of the putting aspect of miniature golf.
Verti Golf 2's replication of mini golf is quite a straightforward one. You're presented with a familiar scene (if you've played mini golf before, that is): you're in control of a putter that you have to aim and swing at just the right direction and pace to get the ball into the hole in as few strokes s possible. It's classic mini golf, but for some reason the mini courses are hovering way up in the air, making for a somewhat dizzying experience as you scroll around to line up your shot.
The controls are simple. You hold down the left mouse button whilst moving the mouse in order to line up the shot so that you'll be striking the ball in the right direction. Then you just have to hold down the space bar - this slowly pulls back the putter further from the ball - and let go when you're at the desired striking power. It's a bit of trial and error knowing the force of your shot because there's no power bar, but the lack of an indicator (perhaps inadvertently) actually makes it more challenging and perhaps a little more realistic. of an indicator (perhaps inadvertently) actually makes it more challenging and perhaps a little more realistic.
As far as the rest of the gameplay goes, it's pretty much par for the course as far as mini golf games go. It's restricted to putting only of course, with a complete lack of driver or any other clubs to choose from. Content wise, you're not going to be enjoying any gameplay with substantial depth.There's no progression structure, no tournament boards to climb, and sadly the demo version only has five holes to play (the full version has a lot more however).
Still, the holes you get to play are entertaining, and the courses become more complex the more that you play. Some involve elaborate mechanisms that spin the ball off course, whilst other devices must be used skilfully in order to get the ball to the hole successfully. You're not going to be making Tiger Woods-style drives over distances of hundreds of feet, but it's a start, right?
Now, golf purists may turn their nose up at this game because, well, it's not exactly a true reflection of Golf proper. It's more of a truncated version of a mini-golf game with a few additional mechanisms and challenges that make it a little more interesting than your bog-standard golf games. For a more well-rounded and complete experience, you're best moving to the mobile market and checking out Golf Star for iOS. Still, as a casual folly for a bored afternoon, Verti Golf may just hit the spot.
So, don't go into Verti Golf 2 expecting a epic experience, but do expect to be lightly entertained with a bit of mini-golf action for a short period of time. The graphics are adequate, the courses not exactly challenging, and the length of the experience a little underwhelming. It's still a game that can be fully enjoyed by anyone in the world however, so pop along to https://www.miniclip.com/games/verti-golf-2/en/ in order to experience it firsthand.