Neo Turf Masters

Neo-Geo Pocket

Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 6

Sound: 6

Gameplay: 8

Overall: 7.5

neoturfngp2.jpg (46412 bytes)Golf is a simple sport. You hit a ball, it goes in a hole... hopefully. That's really the meat of it. Trying to explain the intricate parts of the game is nearly impossible to people who already have their opinions. This is where Neo Turf Masters comes in. Simple, down to earth golf that anyone can pick up and play and it's still one incredible challenge to experienced golfers.

You'll select from one of eight golfers and challenge a basic stroke play, another player via link cable, or go for the triple crown. You'll need to finish first on each of the courses during two day tournaments while attempting to gain the best of the best bragging rights for the game. Doing so will also earn you a new set of clubs, making the game infinitely easier.

The actual golf portion of the game is what you would expect from a portable. Two meters determine the power and spin of your shot, while putting only requires a power meter and an aiming cursor. While this may seem simple, the three courses provided are BRUTAL. Sand traps, tall trees, lots of water, and some decent breezes add to the difficulty. It can be downright infuriating at times when the ball bounces off a tree even though you had hit the same exact shot last time around. Be forewarned this game requires a massive amount of patience, much like the real game.

Simplistic animation and sounds don't necessarily add to the experience, but what's here does the job it needs to do. Each of the golfers has their own unique look not only in game, but in the cinemas as well. The music resets itself after every shot, slightly annoying, but each course offers up it's own track adding some variety.

neoturfngp1.jpg (33247 bytes)Those who need to know how this compares to the AES/MVS version, feel safe that this is an excellent translation. The three courses are from the grossly over-priced arcade game, so this will be familiar territory. The only cuts are in the audio and visual departments.

There's a great 8-bit styled golf game here if you're patient. The difficulty really ramps up quickly if your not extremely careful with every shot, unlike many other golf games of this style. Give it some time, win the triple crown, get yourself one incredible of a set of clubs, and you'll find one of the most enjoyable golf games ever conceived on a portable.


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Last updated: Monday, September 26, 2005 05:11 PM