We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for golf games. It’s mainly due to a youth wasted playing Neo Turf Masters on the Neo Geo Pocket Color. While Pixel Pro Golf (download from the App Store) doesn’t quite have the heft of that overlooked putting classic, it’s got enough meat on its bones to keep you entertained for a long while.
The game takes place over a series of courses. It’s pretty traditional, with things like wind direction and club selection playing important roles. You tap buttons to aim your shot, then it’s time to take your swing.
That’s split into three parts. Tap to start, tap when a dial is in the right position for the power you want to unleash, then tap a third and final time when it’s swung back down to ensure you’re clobbering the ball as cleanly as possible.
It’s going to be a pretty familiar system if you’ve played any semi-realistic golf game before. It’s more streamlined than some, more involved than others. The only real problem is when it comes to putting. The mechanics are the same here, and the game would definitely benefit from something subtler when it comes to the last shots of a hole.
That doesn’t detract too much from the rhythm of the experience though. You progress through different tours, earning cash to upgrade your clubs. When you’ve moved up the rankings you unlock more difficult courses. The game is ad-supported, but you can get rid of them with a 99c IAP.
Sometimes the angles of your shot are a little hard to judge, especially when it comes to close-in putts where your little golfer can obscure a lot of the information. It’s a rare occurrence, but it’s worth noting all the same.
Pixel Pro Golf is a wonderfully shrunk down mobile golf game. It’s got a few problems, but for the most part you’re going to play with a smile on your face. And the progression is smart enough that pushing on through one last course is going to become a habit.