It’s hard to capture the subtleties of a sport while also keeping the gameplay simple and accessible, yet Golfing Around does this with quiet mastery.
You can really sense that the game’s creator, Colin Lane, is well-versed in making these kinds of games; it’s his fifth golf game to be released on the App Store, after all.
While you don’t have to worry about crazy obstacles or confusing mechanics, you do get to choose your clubs, look out for wind speed and direction, and plot your course to the next hole. Impressively, all of these elements can be controlled with one hand using a few individual on-screen buttons and a gauge that indicates the power of your shot.
The buttons allow you to angle your shot, change your clubs to cover different distances, and zoom out for an overhead view of the green to get a better view (particularly helpful when you’re just starting a turn). The bright visuals and round cartoon avatars stop things from ever feeling too serious—this is golf for fun, after all.
Adding to this sense of playfulness is the game’s level editor. Once you’ve mastered each of Golfing Around’s courses, you can create your own, play on them, and share them with the world. You can even play on other players’ courses for inspiration.
This is a cheerful take on golf with few frills, but plenty of thrills. And because it’s all playable offline and with one thumb, commuters with a penchant for putting shouldn’t hesitate to start Golfing Around.