I know there's going to be people groaning and moaning at the fact that the next EA golf game isn't going to be a super technical PGA golf game, but for people like me who loved Hot Shots Golf and similarly arcade style golfing games, King of the Course is for you. It just soft launched on the Canadian App Store, and seems to feature just about everything you'd want out of a arcade style golf game with all the things you'd expect out of it being free to play like boosts and other junk you can buy.

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The game comes with real golf courses, and per the iTunes description, TPC Sawgrass, St. Andrews, Banff Springs, TPC Scottsdale and Pinehurst No. 2 are included. I guess the only question that remains is whether or not getting invested in Kind of the Course is going to be more or less expensive than it is to play Golden Tee. EA has a long way to go if that's the benchmark they're shooting for.

Canadian App Store Link: King of the Course, Free

  • sivad

    EA + free to play = avoid

    • Morphzeus

      This is true!

    • makitango

      I guess that is quite the right formula. However, you are still right if you avoid that company at all. They try to hide IAPs as DLCs in their desktop games as well these days. Many DLCs are quite available by the time of shipping and are advertised as something "on top", while it's quite part of the actual product.

      • thiagovscoelho

        Sure but they own The Sims

  • lanights

    WGT is my current favorite ios golf game atm.

  • Stormourner

    I bet EA was hiding for few months since the outrage over Dungeon Keeper XD

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      The vocal minority of people who hate IAP aren't EA's target customer anymore, the people who hated Dungeon Keeper seem to be basically irrelevant to their release road map.

      • http://animaltrackers.wordpress.com/ DAiv Games

        I guess when you're as big as EA and have such a huge customer base already that now expects games to be free (but who presumably don't mind putting their hands in the pockets for iAPs if they think it's worth it), you can weather such storms. They don't need any help from sites like this one to make a financially successful game.

        For the little guy, though, who has no advertising budget, sites like these and the people who frequent them are basically the only way anyone's going to know that your game even exists.

        As a result, whether to release a game as freemium or paid isn't such an easy answer for the indie developer.

        Release it as paid and virtually no-one downloads your game and you make no money. Yet, release it as freemium and the very people you need to be talking up the game to generate some buzz will be talking it down instead.

        Which leaves releasing it as free with ad support and hoping that enough people click through on the ads to make it worthwhile.

        It's just so hit-and-miss, and you've just got to hope that the stars align and everything falls into place.

      • Arch Deluxe

        Dungeon Keeper isn't even among the top 200 grossing apps. It looks like a dud even with the broad public. EA may not care about dedicated gamers, but thankfully it appears that their cash grab tactics have to be dialed back.

      • Stormourner

        if EA makes another classic remake like Dungeon Keeper then EA will face another bombardment of rage and hatred, sigh!!! companies these days >_>

  • B30

    New company name: Fart in an Electronic suit

    • Stormourner

      yeah yeah very funny

  • Qw3rTYz

    free to pay

  • Adsinjapan

    Expect more freemium bollocks that's a waste of space on the AppStore. 10/10 would not touch.

  • doublezz

    EA + Soft launch + Freemium = enough said

  • DuckyShot

    EA be like: "You've won one star! Want the other four? Just pay $3.00 each! BUT WAIT! For an instant energy refill, pay only $4.00!"

  • tommet

    Free to play? Nope. EA? Heck no.

    Pity.

  • dibdib

    The question is whether it requires online connectivity even to play single player. I'm betting the answer is yes.

  • OrionnoirO

    Did some internal surveys and studies regarding this game... Without breaking NDAs and such, move along unless you want EA to have an automatic ATM to your wallet.

  • H2OMobileGamer

    Electronic Assholes..

  • afyzendo

    Ok, if this should be avoided what cartoon-like golf game

  • afyzendo

    Ok, if this should be avoided what cartoon-like golf game is there? All the Let's Golf games have been removed from the AppStore. I want something like HotShots golf on my iOS devices!

    • worldcitizen1919

      Golf Star is a really good game.