Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Gameloft's Manhattan offices and spend some time with various members of the Gameloft team previewing a few upcoming iPhone releases.
One of the games set for App Store submission this week is a casual golfing title known as Let's Golf.
In short, Let's Golf looks and feels very much like a quality golf title you might find on the Nintendo Wii. It features bright, cartoonish characters set in beautiful, lush course environments across a variety of locations around the world, such as Fiji, England, USA, and Scotland. There are a variety of golf characters to choose from, each of whom can be customized in various ways as the player accumulates accolades.
Let's Golf features touchscreen control, and while the standard left / right shot adjustments are present for lining up a swing, the game also allows the player to see a movable target grid down-course that represents an estimated touch down location. Carrying out a swing involves a three-tap drill that finally gets it right (I've complained about overly simplistic swing systems previously). Once the ball is in the air the player can swipe an onscreen control to give the ball some English. A very nice ball tracking / follow animation gives a satisfying sense of driving the ball down the course.
Let's Golf will be priced at $5.99 and should go live next week in the App Store. We'll take a much closer look at the game when it debuts, but it's clear from the brief time I spent playing it at Gameloft that Let's Golf is one of the very best golf titles for the iPhone and iPod touch.
See Gameloft's Let's Golf trailer for a few glimpses of the game in action.