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.

  • bob

    looks nicer than tiger woods lol

  • bob

    looks nicer than tiger woods lol

  • Carlos-Sz

    Wow! Nice article. That's the kind of golf I was waiting for (more casual). It resembles PSP Hot Shot. I'll get this title for sure!

  • Carlos-Sz

    Wow! Nice article. That's the kind of golf I was waiting for (more casual). It resembles PSP Hot Shot. I'll get this title for sure!

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    As a Hot Shots fan, I'm all over this. Looks solid.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    As a Hot Shots fan, I'm all over this. Looks solid.

  • Arjan

    Wonderful! I love golf games. Now I don't have to start my XBox to play Golf Tee It Up but I can play it on my phone. It looks like exactly the kind of casual golf game I would like.

  • Arjan

    Wonderful! I love golf games. Now I don't have to start my XBox to play Golf Tee It Up but I can play it on my phone. It looks like exactly the kind of casual golf game I would like.

  • Mindy

    Hell yeah! Looking forward to this. Definitely need some good golf games. Current selection sucks on App Store. Gameloft is usually pretty dependable for good looking games.

  • Mindy

    Hell yeah! Looking forward to this. Definitely need some good golf games. Current selection sucks on App Store. Gameloft is usually pretty dependable for good looking games.

  • jdmoney

    Even though i love gameloft games, especially real soccer, i think i will wait till tiger woods comes out.

  • jdmoney

    Even though i love gameloft games, especially real soccer, i think i will wait till tiger woods comes out.

  • Triple Beam Dream

    I've been talking about the hopes of a Hotshot clone and it's coming true.

  • http://TouchArcade Triple Beam Dream

    I've been talking about the hopes of a Hotshot clone and it's coming true.

  • Capone

    As I'm a huge fan of Wii Sports Tennis I'm looking forward to this title!

  • Capone

    As I'm a huge fan of Wii Sports Tennis I'm looking forward to this title!

  • Ryan

    Wow. Looks amazing!!!! You will be getting my $6 for sure.

  • Ryan

    Wow. Looks amazing!!!! You will be getting my $6 for sure.

  • Jerry

    Pinch me. Am I dreaming?!?!?! That blows away any sports game I've seen on the iPhone, hands down!

  • Jerry

    Pinch me. Am I dreaming?!?!?! That blows away any sports game I've seen on the iPhone, hands down!

  • http://www.smiles-game.com PoV

    Wow. I gotta say, that really does look great. Beautifully done.

  • http://www.smiles-game.com PoV

    Wow. I gotta say, that really does look great. Beautifully done.

  • Vende

    I like games like this; I'll be picking it up

  • Vende

    I like games like this; I'll be picking it up

  • joni

    wow!!!

  • joni

    wow!!!

  • elv

    It looks a lot like Pangya Golf (PC or Wii)

  • elv

    It looks a lot like Pangya Golf (PC or Wii)

  • RaiderRich721

    I'm getting this one for sure!

  • RaiderRich721

    I'm getting this one for sure!

  • Surfed

    Wow, thats looks absolutely amazing!

  • Surfed

    Wow, thats looks absolutely amazing!

  • carmen

    It's hard to figure out which games are good on the App Store and which ones aren't. Thanks Touch Arcade for the helpful insight! This one looks fantastic -- Love the beautiful environments, can't wait to check it out!

  • carmen

    It's hard to figure out which games are good on the App Store and which ones aren't. Thanks Touch Arcade for the helpful insight! This one looks fantastic -- Love the beautiful environments, can't wait to check it out!

  • Ataru

    Looks stylistically like a total ripp of of Everybody's Golf (Hot Shots Golf) on PS3 and PSP. Why is it so many iPhone games are just clones of games on better platforms? Originality really isn't difficult.

  • Ataru

    Looks stylistically like a total ripp of of Everybody's Golf (Hot Shots Golf) on PS3 and PSP. Why is it so many iPhone games are just clones of games on better platforms? Originality really isn't difficult.

  • SalsaMD

    @Ataru

    Clones of games on "different" platforms...

    "cloning" does have the benefit of providing a wealth of app resources to the iphone community, while allowing developers to accrue financial return to potential invest in more original titles that may take significantly longer to develop.

  • SalsaMD

    @Ataru

    Clones of games on "different" platforms...

    "cloning" does have the benefit of providing a wealth of app resources to the iphone community, while allowing developers to accrue financial return to potential invest in more original titles that may take significantly longer to develop.

  • rich_952000

    Hmmmm... This, PocketSports Football and Touchsports Tennis, my sports collection is almost complete. Now if Freeverse would release their baseball title I'll be really happy :)

  • rich_952000

    Hmmmm... This, PocketSports Football and Touchsports Tennis, my sports collection is almost complete. Now if Freeverse would release their baseball title I'll be really happy :)

  • Noah

    Trailer looks good. We'll see how the framerate holds up :)

  • Noah

    Trailer looks good. We'll see how the framerate holds up :)

  • Kia

    That looks absolutely incredible. I'll definitely be picking this one up if the verdict is good!

  • Kia

    That looks absolutely incredible. I'll definitely be picking this one up if the verdict is good!

  • http://andysreviews.wordpress.com/ AndyL

    Man, this is probably another game I'm gonna buy from Gameloft!

  • http://andysreviews.wordpress.com/ AndyL

    Man, this is probably another game I'm gonna buy from Gameloft!

  • mike

    Totally Impressed... I've been waiting for Tiger Woods for a long time, forget that, this looks great!!

  • mike

    Totally Impressed... I've been waiting for Tiger Woods for a long time, forget that, this looks great!!

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Just FYI - some of the trailer cinematics are ... cinematics. There are in-game glimpses, but the parts that look like they're not part of the game aren't.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Just FYI - some of the trailer cinematics are ... cinematics. There are in-game glimpses, but the parts that look like they're not part of the game aren't.

  • iWoh

    WOW! Excellent game on iPhone! This is the most excited game i would waited for!

  • iWoh

    WOW! Excellent game on iPhone! This is the most excited game i would waited for!

  • junkie

    and what about the other new releases from gameloft???;)

  • junkie

    and what about the other new releases from gameloft???;)

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    Just think how freaky it would be if you saw someone in real life with a head that large!

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    Just think how freaky it would be if you saw someone in real life with a head that large!

  • Yza

    What a shame. Total rip-off of Hot Shot Golf game - graphic style, gameplay and even the logo is almost same!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVoXij7_qow

  • Yza

    What a shame. Total rip-off of Hot Shot Golf game - graphic style, gameplay and even the logo is almost same!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVoXij7_qow

  • spiffyone

    Oh for goodness sake! Who the frick cares if it "copies" Hot Shot Golf? Loads of golf games copy Hot Shot Golf. Even Mario Golf is based off of Hot Shot Golf in many respects (as it is running on a modified Hot Shots Golf engine after all), and even Sega (Netto Golf on Dreamcast) and other "big" companies have taken influence from Hot Shots Golf.

    We know Gameloft is somewhat derivative in their games. But they fill a niche. Tell me: is there a Hot Shots Golf game in the planning for iTouch/Phone? No? Then this is the next best thing.

  • spiffyone

    Oh for goodness sake! Who the frick cares if it "copies" Hot Shot Golf? Loads of golf games copy Hot Shot Golf. Even Mario Golf is based off of Hot Shot Golf in many respects (as it is running on a modified Hot Shots Golf engine after all), and even Sega (Netto Golf on Dreamcast) and other "big" companies have taken influence from Hot Shots Golf.

    We know Gameloft is somewhat derivative in their games. But they fill a niche. Tell me: is there a Hot Shots Golf game in the planning for iTouch/Phone? No? Then this is the next best thing.

  • moo

    typical cheap rip off by a knock off developer.

  • moo

    typical cheap rip off by a knock off developer.

  • JD

    If you're going to rip something off, make sure it's the best (Hot Shots Golf).

    Can't bloody wait for this!

  • JD

    If you're going to rip something off, make sure it's the best (Hot Shots Golf).

    Can't bloody wait for this!

  • SalsaMD
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  • Alan

    Ummmm, wasn't this supposed to come out already? Anyone heard anything?

  • Alan

    Ummmm, wasn't this supposed to come out already? Anyone heard anything?

  • Chris

    Also wondering where it is? This was supposed to be out two weeks ago.

    Any news?

  • Chris

    Also wondering where it is? This was supposed to be out two weeks ago.

    Any news?

  • Almy

    http://www.twitter.com/aldescleves
    Also check /gameloft and /lets_golf_game

    Says it was submitted a couple days ago, so anytime now!

  • Almy

    http://www.twitter.com/aldescleves
    Also check /gameloft and /lets_golf_game

    Says it was submitted a couple days ago, so anytime now!

  • sedge84

    Doesnt look as good as Tiger Woods
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QruHszf8PE

  • sedge84

    Doesnt look as good as Tiger Woods
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QruHszf8PE