I've been golfing before. The first time I tagged along with my dad. He hit a ball just off a slope. We hopped in the buggy to retrieve it, he told me to lean out and grab it as we rumbled by, I fell out and tumbled down the slope. The second time, I actually played! Just one hole, though. Why? Because golf is boring when you have to, you know, fish your ball out of sand traps and actually walk around. Yep, that's golf: boring at best, painful at worst. Thanks, Dad.

Super Stickman Golf, however, is neither boring nor painful. It is awesome. If you enjoyed developer Noodlecake's golf-slash-physics-puzzler, you'll be happy to hear that Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free] is loads better, and available at the same impulse-buy price point.

Super Stickman Golf 2 challenges you to complete courses at or under par. Sounds a lot like golf, right? Well, instead of straight shots from tee-off to the green, each hole in Super Stickman Golf 2 plays out like an obstacle course. There are pits, sand traps, water traps, moving platforms, lasers that vaporize your perfectly-aimed shots, and portals inspired by Valve's popular spatial puzzler: smack a ball through one portal and it pops out the other.

Super Stickman Golf 2 is at its best once you've unlocked a few different ball types and set foot in the more challenging courses. You might need to smack an ice ball against the wall to send it arcing over your avatar and sailing into the pond below, which freezes over, setting up your next shot. On another occasion, you could use the sticky ball to pull a Spider-Man and take your next shot hanging from a wall or ceiling, or use the magnets adorning the walls to repel your ball straight to the hole. Pursuing and finally capturing elusive hole-in-ones is addictive, and you'll often find yourself playing courses over and over to knock a single point off your total score.

Super Stickman Golf 2 also introduces customization options, some of which might prove divisive in multiplayer. As you complete achievements and solve courses, you'll earn bux, in-game currency that lets you play a lottery for a chance to earn hats. Each hat modifies your game in a different way, such as adding power to your shots, slowing down or speeding up your shot meter, or turning water to blood, a purely aesthetic change. Players who prefer to play using only ball power-ups might not like the fact that hats can be worn in multiplayer games, but more skilled players usually come out on top over those who rely on hats.

The bigger issue arises with the game's IAP offerings. Players interested in multiplayer can race to the cup to see who can complete a hole first, or play friends over a series of turn-based matches. You can even host up to 25 turn-based sessions at once--if you're willing to pay $3 for IAP. In Noodlecake's defense, 25 is a big number, and most players probably won't want or need to host that many sessions simultaneously. But charging real money for a power meter that shows the strength of your last shot, which you might need to determine whether you should add or decrease power to your next shot, seems unfair. The obvious ploy to take more of your money to enable features that maybe, probably should have been part of the standard package is a recurring problem spread far and wide across the App Store.

IAP grievances aside, Super Stickman Golf 2 is a fun and compelling puzzler, and a steal at only a buck.

TouchArcade Rating

  • MrSHakerEsq

    A day 1 full price purchase worthy of every cent.

  • Jon

    You guys forgot to mention the graphics are nice and fuzzy on the retina iPad. All to keep the 30mb download limit of 3G (as per developer comments). They will have till May 1 to change that with Apple's new rules for app updates. This game looks very sub-par on millions of retina iPads out there so literally a few people can download this over 3G. Seriously? Everyone has access to wi-fi at some point in their day.

    • abodi

      I don't have access to wifi at any point in my regular day!

      • Jon

        Congratulations. You are in the 1 percent........

  • http://twitter.com/borgqueenx borgqueenx

    and....the music is horrible.
    and....after youre out of powerups in multiplayer or single player you can spend 5 ingame goldbux to get another powerup. hackers and money spenders get infinite powerups this way in a multiplayer game.

    and....one of the devices hosts the game. that means there are alot of ragequits, alot of disconnects and alot of lag. its literary 50% of games playable until the end and 50% just freezes lags or disconnects me somewhere in the game.
    This game needs a real server that handles the games.
    in multiplayer i get:
    -hosts who quit the game.
    -lag. sometimes alot lag.
    -when new match begins the timer of 3 2 1 doesnt show up. sometimes it does later but sometimes after 30sec im still waiting for it and quit myself.
    -people who use powerups until infinity.

    my opinion is also that the pink hat to stick to golf green should be removed. everyone uses it and id rather sometimes use other options but then im at a huge disadvantage. although in honestly there are a handful of maps where sticking to the golf green is not something you want.

    Also, jailbroken devices must respring into save mode to resume a asynchronous game.

    this game has too many issueses but yes when it works its a very addicting and awesome game.

    • abodi

      Async works perfectly Using a jailbroken i5.

      • http://twitter.com/borgqueenx borgqueenx

        the dev replied to me jailbroken devices save data in another way making the async games not working. they said they were eventually fixing this but i dont think they are hurrying up to fixing anything.

  • http://twitter.com/borgqueenx borgqueenx

    oh and i forgot to say i never played 6-player multiplayer games. only 4 players max.

    • Mad.Whack

      Learn and find out why. Hint: Local

  • Guest

    Would be cool if the ex-staff formed their own studio and then lisenced the various games they were working on prior to the axe drop. Then they'd have more control over the product 🙂

    Thats my hope for this situation in any case.

    • drwifflesniffle

      I think you got the wrong thread, bro.

  • rdw2552

    I wish it would go free

    • abodi

      It's more than worth a buck. Treat yourself bro

  • Dimple

    Great game. But. There is no compensation voor players playing clean balls. Which means no tricks. Straight playing so to say. Hard to win against tricky players;-)

Super Stickman Golf 2 Reviewed by David Craddock on . Rating: 4.5