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Mean 18

Critic Score User Score
Atari ST
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3.8
Apple IIgs
...
...
Atari 7800
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2.4
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Description

Mean 18 is a golf simulation released in the early years of 16-bit technology. The three-click control system was used, whereby the first click starts the swing, the second sets the power, and the third sets draw or fade.

Apart from the Bush Hill course the game comes with Famous Course Disk Volume I which includes:
  • St Andrews, Scotland, UK
  • Pebble Beach, California, USA
  • Augusta National, Georgia, USA
A unique feature for the day was the Course Architect, which was quite versatile with practice.

Beginner and Expert difficulty options are given - the latter mode has more pronounced draw and fade effects, making the timing of the third click even more crucial. You can also choose between regular and professional tees - in the latter option the distance on the holes is longer, and the computer doesn't choose the best club automatically. Because long drives aren't a crucial aspect of many of the holes, the Beginner/Expert setting is a bigger factor on your likely scoring.

Screenshots

Mean 18 DOS Oops, out of bounds! (EGA)
Mean 18 DOS Practice Tea (CGA with Composite)
Mean 18 DOS Teeing off (CGA with RGB monitor)
Mean 18 DOS Select Option (CGA with Composite)

Alternate Titles

  • "Mean 18 Ultimate Golf" -- Atari 7800 alternate title

User Reviews

The first great PC golf game DOS gametrader (229)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Atari 7800 Jul 16, 2013 A- 91
Tilt DOS Dec, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Tilt Atari ST Jun, 1987 14 out of 20 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1987 1.4 out of 12 12

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Atari 7800 port: split? 1 Rola (7475)
Nov 22, 2014

Trivia

The gopher with sunglasses dancing on the title screen is a reference to the last scene of the movie "Caddy Shack".

Related Web Sites

  • Mean 18 courses (The web's only resource for new and alternate Mean 18 courses.)
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