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Links: The Challenge of Golf (DOS)

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Description

Links: The Challenge of Golf is a golf simulation that tries to implement realistic aspects of golf in a video game format.

The game uses VGA 256-color graphics, with courses containing trees, water, sand traps, and the fairway. The addition of ball physics, mulligans, changing the lie of the ball, real digitized environmental sounds, and the ability to view a replay (from multiple angles) helps to emphasize the realistic aspect.

Links comes with one Championship Course, Torrey Pines, located in San Diego, California, USA.

Screenshots

Links: The Challenge of Golf DOS Main Menu
Links: The Challenge of Golf DOS Create a player
Links: The Challenge of Golf DOS Sand trap!  Dammit!
Links: The Challenge of Golf DOS Hardware Options

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User Reviews

"Looks like I hit the tree, Jim" Paul Varley (13) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Classic! The ancestor of all golf games. justinstyles (5) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

The Press Says

Raze Apr, 1991 93 out of 100 93
The One Jan, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Power Play Apr, 1991 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1991 10 out of 12 83
PC Joker Feb, 1993 80 out of 100 80

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Trivia

Covermount release

A complete version of Links: The Challenge of Golf is available on Classic Games Collection CD featured with the July 2000 issue of PC Gamer Magazine.

Development

According to the back of the manual, here's what it takes to design a Links course:

Play the course. Take over 500 aerial and landscape photos. Videotape the entire course. Obtain topographical and grading drawings. Gather information about prevailing winds and weather. Convert topographic maps into terrain data. Locate greens, tee boxes, bunkers, hazards, etc. Digitize actual vegetation found on the course and place appropriately along with other objects. Use a specially designed course editor to smooth and refine original terrain data. Digitize and install panorama. Install tee markers, ball washers, benches, clubhouse, etc. Playtest and refine for accurate course representation.

This process takes two men months to complete and generates approximately 700,000 bytes of course data--10 times more than other golf games!

Ducks

For no apparent reason, when pressing 'Q', the game will play a sound of a quacking duck and on rare occasions it will play the quack automatically after a particularly bad shot.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1991 (Issue #88) – Action Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #5 Most Innovative Computer Game
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #36 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1992 – Best Sports Game in 1991
Information also contributed by rstevenson and Servo.
Trixter (8730) added Links: The Challenge of Golf (DOS) on Nov 29, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (131843), Martin Smith (63058) and Scaryfun (12422)