Last month Let's Golf [App Store] took the App Store by storm, receiving both positive reactions on our forums as well as in our review. While fans of arcade style sports games loved Let's Golf, it failed to satisfy gamers looking for the realism previously seen in EA's Tiger Woods series of golf games.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour [App Store] does away with Let's Golf's simple three tap swing system (and slightly more complicated "Advanced" swing mode) in exchange for EA's "touch-n-drag" swing meter which allows for much more control. Swiping your finger across the screen also allows far more customization of the English you give the ball while it's soaring through the air.

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One of the first things I first noticed about Tiger Woods PGA Tour is the sky high framerate. The game runs remarkably well, and the performance is most likely a direct result of the lower detail level of your surroundings on the course. Trees and buildings are constructed from very low polygon count models with low resolution textures to match. However, the things that really matter all look great. Your golfer, the swing animations, and the actual courses themselves all look rather lifelike for an iPhone game.

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Packed inside Tiger Woods PGA Tour are seven famous PGA courses as well as a line-up of top golfers to play as or against. Like all Tiger Woods games, you can also create your own golfer with a few basic customizations like my pasty white, pink shirt equipped golf master seen in these screenshots. EA even included voiceovers by Kelly Tilgman from The Golf Channel and former pro golfer Sam Torrance that get a little repetitive at times, but greatly added to the immersion of the game.

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My initial impressions are positive, and I'm really blown away by the depth of this game. On top of the intricacies and difficulty involved in the unassisted swing control, there's also a equipment shop where you can purchase upgrades with your winnings. Available upgrades include power, power boost, drive control, impact, approach, putting, recovery, and spin. Between these features and the amazing 120 holes included, I expect Tiger Woods PGA Tour should keep golf enthusiasts busy for quite some time.

Some reader reviews in our forums have been quite positive: Acidbottle and slickninja.

Here's a brief gameplay video of one of the holes showing the swinging mechanism:


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App Store Link: Tiger Woods PGA Tour, $9.99

  • eleazar

    Wow, the screenshots don't do it justice. That looks awesome :D I was going to wait for a price drop too :( Oh well!

  • eleazar

    Wow, the screenshots don't do it justice. That looks awesome :D I was going to wait for a price drop too :( Oh well!

  • DaveD

    Game mechanics look pretty good, but the UI looks like it was populated with graphics from a photoshop-happy intern.

  • DaveD

    Game mechanics look pretty good, but the UI looks like it was populated with graphics from a photoshop-happy intern.

  • nick

    looks good but can you turn the American lady off but leave the less snarky men on

    she sounds like a douche

  • nick

    looks good but can you turn the American lady off but leave the less snarky men on

    she sounds like a douche

  • MrDark

    I like my Let's Golf better and it is cheaper.

  • MrDark

    I like my Let's Golf better and it is cheaper.

  • Scott Babcock

    In your article, it states at the end that the game has 120 courses!!!!!

    Wow, I guess EA really went all out!!!

    :)

    • formal

      It's 120 holes and 7 courses

  • Scott Babcock

    In your article, it states at the end that the game has 120 courses!!!!!

    Wow, I guess EA really went all out!!!

    :)

    • formal

      It's 120 holes and 7 courses

  • ConraDargo

    It's not 120 courses but HOLES - stretching over 7 courses around the world :)

  • ConraDargo

    It's not 120 courses but HOLES - stretching over 7 courses around the world :)

  • Travis

    Not bad, but I think I'll be sticking wit Let's Golf!

  • Travis

    Not bad, but I think I'll be sticking wit Let's Golf!

  • Paul

    far more depth and challenge to this game then Lets Golf.

    This is Golf......Hardcore

  • Paul

    far more depth and challenge to this game then Lets Golf.

    This is Golf......Hardcore

  • cheezdawg

    nice pink shirt eli......

  • cheezdawg

    nice pink shirt eli......

  • me:)

    god.. the graphics is soooooooooo ugly and poor

    • SalsaMD

      Wait for the HD video before expressing poorly informed commentary.

      As stated some components of the graphics are poor (trees and background) while others are quite good (character animation, etc)

    • http://toucharcade.com/2009/03/04/upcoming-space-trader-game-based-on-quake-3-engine/#comments alex

      Ya, after watching the video the screenies do it no justice.

  • me:)

    god.. the graphics is soooooooooo ugly and poor

    • SalsaMD

      Wait for the HD video before expressing poorly informed commentary.

      As stated some components of the graphics are poor (trees and background) while others are quite good (character animation, etc)

    • http://toucharcade.com/2009/03/04/upcoming-space-trader-game-based-on-quake-3-engine/#comments alex

      Ya, after watching the video the screenies do it no justice.

  • Acidbottle

    why is everyone so hung up on gfx with everything, pretty shallow outlook that is!

    for the record tho they are extremely crisp, clear, smooth and well animated.

  • Acidbottle

    why is everyone so hung up on gfx with everything, pretty shallow outlook that is!

    for the record tho they are extremely crisp, clear, smooth and well animated.

  • Mookie

    I hate when developers make sim games with bland, dark, depressing graphics. Doesn't look appealing.

    • SalsaMD

      The first two images are dark?

  • jeffyg3

    Finally, a real top quality sports game for iPhone. Damn, this is one of the most polished iPhone games I've seen, and 160 mb to boot. I hope EA puts this much effort into their future iPhone games.

    • SalsaMD

      a lot of the 160 mb is sound likely.

      • Alan

        82mb is sound, 69mb is "courses"

  • Mookie

    I hate when developers make sim games with bland, dark, depressing graphics. Doesn't look appealing.

    • SalsaMD

      The first two images are dark?

  • jeffyg3

    Finally, a real top quality sports game for iPhone. Damn, this is one of the most polished iPhone games I've seen, and 160 mb to boot. I hope EA puts this much effort into their future iPhone games.

    • SalsaMD

      a lot of the 160 mb is sound likely.

      • Alan

        82mb is sound, 69mb is "courses"

  • Jim

    I want that pink shirt.

  • Jim

    I want that pink shirt.

  • Me

    seriously, a pink sweater? :D

  • Me

    seriously, a pink sweater? :D

  • ringring

    i would prefer the natalie gulbie's pink panties... :D

  • ringring

    i would prefer the natalie gulbie's pink panties... :D

  • Kris Jones

    What pink sweater?

  • Kris Jones

    What pink sweater?

  • Steve

    can you turn off the damn announcers? that's a deal-breaker.

    • ringring

      yep, just mute it down...

  • Steve

    can you turn off the damn announcers? that's a deal-breaker.

    • ringring

      yep, just mute it down...

  • Maven

    What's up with the P-Wedge sounding like a Tee Off shot?

  • Maven

    What's up with the P-Wedge sounding like a Tee Off shot?

  • menom

    on bum! another game I just have to buy - whether I like it or not

    what am I - some cash-cow for devs or something?

    (don't answer that - I know it, I am)

  • menom

    on bum! another game I just have to buy - whether I like it or not

    what am I - some cash-cow for devs or something?

    (don't answer that - I know it, I am)

  • Iphoneprogrammer

    um seriously where is NFS are they like introducing a new game for everyday this week? First Pandemonium on wednesday then Tiger woods today (thursday) then NFS on friday?

    P.S.
    Oh and the whole multiple accounts and fake announcent rule should be lifted or altered so that if you are banned you should still be allowed to search this site for news. Some people cant even access the threads once theve been banned. (If only for a week)

    • rev

      So? Maybe that will teach them to think before they do something stupid.

  • Iphoneprogrammer

    um seriously where is NFS are they like introducing a new game for everyday this week? First Pandemonium on wednesday then Tiger woods today (thursday) then NFS on friday?

    P.S.
    Oh and the whole multiple accounts and fake announcent rule should be lifted or altered so that if you are banned you should still be allowed to search this site for news. Some people cant even access the threads once theve been banned. (If only for a week)

    • rev

      So? Maybe that will teach them to think before they do something stupid.

  • popejohn

    "Not currently available on the Australian iTunes Store"

  • popejohn

    "Not currently available on the Australian iTunes Store"

  • http://eatnutfree.com Groan

    I got the game yesterday and after a terrible first round on Pebble Beach I finally got the hang of it and am birdieing or paring the holes (somewhat easy mode to get used to controls).
    The cut scenes after hitting the ball are sometimes a bit choppy but other than that I am very impressed. The amount of control available when hitting are fantastic. Fade, draw, spin, aim, power, and overpower. Animation during the hit and fly are very smooth.
    Warning, do NOT have your music playing when you boot up the game. I tried this to see if it would play my music in the background, as some games do, but it grinded the game to a halt ending in a stuttering sound and i had to do a reset (power and action button held down).

    Besides that I found nothing bad about the game and compare it's interactivity to that of the WII game from last year (dont have TWG 2010).

    Highly recommended evan at $10

  • http://eatnutfree.com Groan

    I got the game yesterday and after a terrible first round on Pebble Beach I finally got the hang of it and am birdieing or paring the holes (somewhat easy mode to get used to controls).
    The cut scenes after hitting the ball are sometimes a bit choppy but other than that I am very impressed. The amount of control available when hitting are fantastic. Fade, draw, spin, aim, power, and overpower. Animation during the hit and fly are very smooth.
    Warning, do NOT have your music playing when you boot up the game. I tried this to see if it would play my music in the background, as some games do, but it grinded the game to a halt ending in a stuttering sound and i had to do a reset (power and action button held down).

    Besides that I found nothing bad about the game and compare it's interactivity to that of the WII game from last year (dont have TWG 2010).

    Highly recommended evan at $10

  • Dave

    I still wonder about EA's pricing strategy. If they priced this the same as Let's Golf they be selling it all day. As it is, I'm sure they are doing fine. But it almost seems to be a pride thing.

    I see nothing in this game that screams "I'm worth 2X most other high quality games." Galaxy on Fire (just one example) has much better graphics and has over 200 hours of gameplay and it is $5.99 and there are loads of other examples out there.

    At $5.99 they have had my money already along with I believe thousands of others. I realize $10 is "cheap" compared to other platforms, but that is the beauty of the iPhone and the result of supply and demand.

    Maybe I'll succumb. But I doubt it. I've played several versions of Tiger Woods over the years and I think I'l wait for the Wii Motion Plus version that is due to come out this year. Sure it will be four times more. But it will be as close to playing real golf as it gets. I already have Let's Golf for my on-the-go golf fix.

    • Acidbottle

      remember tho this is a licensed game, almost all licensed games, whether they are board games or sport sims do fetch a higher premium.

      i fully expect champ manager to fall in this bracket by way of needing to spend vast sums on licensing fees. by all means if you are not bothered by realism then cheaper alternatives will do just as well.

      i just dont feel lets golf offered any real replay value. i did indeed go back to lets golf last night for a round and my opinion is unchanged, tiger is more rewarding an experience all round at the extra cost of a sammich!

  • Dave

    I still wonder about EA's pricing strategy. If they priced this the same as Let's Golf they be selling it all day. As it is, I'm sure they are doing fine. But it almost seems to be a pride thing.

    I see nothing in this game that screams "I'm worth 2X most other high quality games." Galaxy on Fire (just one example) has much better graphics and has over 200 hours of gameplay and it is $5.99 and there are loads of other examples out there.

    At $5.99 they have had my money already along with I believe thousands of others. I realize $10 is "cheap" compared to other platforms, but that is the beauty of the iPhone and the result of supply and demand.

    Maybe I'll succumb. But I doubt it. I've played several versions of Tiger Woods over the years and I think I'l wait for the Wii Motion Plus version that is due to come out this year. Sure it will be four times more. But it will be as close to playing real golf as it gets. I already have Let's Golf for my on-the-go golf fix.

    • Acidbottle

      remember tho this is a licensed game, almost all licensed games, whether they are board games or sport sims do fetch a higher premium.

      i fully expect champ manager to fall in this bracket by way of needing to spend vast sums on licensing fees. by all means if you are not bothered by realism then cheaper alternatives will do just as well.

      i just dont feel lets golf offered any real replay value. i did indeed go back to lets golf last night for a round and my opinion is unchanged, tiger is more rewarding an experience all round at the extra cost of a sammich!

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