For centuries, philosophers and mathematicians have gazed up at the night sky and wondered:
"Is there Golf On Mars?"
The year is 2866. Mars is 35% terraformed, finally enough to allow the playing of the game of.. Golf!
Golf across an infinite* rocky Martian surface. Discover golfing obstacles that make us Earthlings gasp in awe!
*Infinity is impossible to represent on any non-quantum computer. In actuality there are roughly 25,770,000,000 golf holes in this game.
In 2020, NASA will launch the Perseverance rover to search for life and golf on Mars. The journey there will take 200 days,
If you were to play one hole of Golf On Mars every 30 seconds during that journey, you would only be able to complete 0.002% of the game (576000 holes).
If you were a paleolithic hunter-gatherer gazing up at the Red planet one night during your traversal of the ice bridge connecting Russia to Alaska
at the last glacial maximum 24515 years ago and a time traveler brought an iPhone for you and your tribe to ritually play a hole of Golf On Mars every 30 seconds,
it would take until the present day to complete all the holes.
But this is not a realistic simulation.
For example, if the ball is 16 pixels wide on your screen then the typical hole will be 1200 pixels away.
Scaling this to the size of a real ball (1.68 inches), it's as if the hole is only 3.5 yards away!
A realistic 18 hole golf course where the fairways are 3.5 yards away would only require about 1300 square feet of land.
However, gravity on Mars is 38% that of Earth's gravity, so you could hit a ball 7 times farther, or roughly 1400 yards for a good player.
This 18 hole course then needs to be to 64000 square feet. You could cover the entire surface of Mars with 241 billion of these golf courses.
Therefore, you could easily fit all the holes in Golf On Mars on the surface of Mars.
Mars is par 3, so aim to finish in under 77 billion strokes.
Fix for ball getting stuck under boulders.
Fix for clouds mysteriously growing in size.
Ratings and Reviews
This game is an excellent twist on Desert Golfing. 90% of the time it’s basically the perfect podcast game
Unfortunately the number of impossible levels tends to be annoying, especially since you must make 25 shots before being offered the [skip] option. At the very least you should be able to skip from the menu with a 25+ shot penalty. It’s annoying to be stuck on a level that’s clearly not doable, and to have to slowly take shots until you can skip.
Better than the original
I played Desert Golfing to death. I beat it numerous times only to subsequently delete it and play again because of my infinite enjoyment with the game. This version is the same as desert golfing with a few adjustments. Gravity is mildly less, you can now place spin on the ball, the ball rolls further even win spin is not applied, and you can change the intensity of the shot based on how long you hold down the aiming arrow.
Let me take a moment to explain the last characteristic as it was driving me crazy on multiple holes that seemed impossible to beat. If you apply max power to a shot by carefully taking your time and aiming, you will not get max power. If you quickly apply max power and release almost immediately after the arrow appears, you will get a power boost. This is evident if you carefully look at the tip of the arrow when you max out the intensity of the power. You will notice that the length of the arrow shortens at the tip if you hold down the aiming for more than a fraction of a second.
Impossible holes ruin experience
I love this dev and their games. Desert Golfing was a favorite of mine for years. At first Golf On Mars seemed like the ideal sequel, more mechanically sophisticated and just as oddly compelling. But then around my 40th hole I hit my first impossible hole. Had to putt the ball around till 25 strokes and then skip the hole. Then...again, around hole 100, another impossible one. OK...didn't bug me much, kinda amused me. Skip. And then another...and another. What? I've probably come across at least close to a dozen now. What's even more infuriating, some impossible holes are impossible to get OUT of. So it's 50 strokes to get past them. Miserable. It's not that it spoils the fun of trying to keep a low stroke count even. It's that smacking the ball around till you can skip (at 25 strokes), especially having to do this again and again after coming across these impossible holes, feels totally miserable. I don't want to play this game anymore. Desert Golfing always felt great to play. Gold On Mars makes me anxious I'll run into another impossible hole at any time. Why should I play it then? It's enough to kill the fun for me.
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- Captain Games Inc.
- 2 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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