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Cursed to Golf

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Video Games Chronicle ( ) (100%)

Cursed to Golf is a perfectly tuned game that expertly walks the balance between challenging and compelling. It's a brilliant take on the golf genre and its wonderfully designed stages and strong shooting mechanic make it a dream to play.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Sports Gamers Online (9 out of 10) (90%)

Cursed to Golf’s difficulty and gameplay loop had me hooked from the first tee. The rogue-lite elements mixed with the addicting golf gameplay will have you teeing off deep into Golf Purgatory.

Aug 19th, 2022 · Windows · read review

GameSpot (9 out of 10) (90%)

Every aspect of Cursed to Golf comes together to form a truly special and unique game. With its simple hook, brilliantly designed levels, huge suite of dynamic abilities, and a finely balanced roguelike structure, Cursed to Golf is a constant delight. There have been many great games released in 2022 so far, but Cursed to Golf is easily at the top of my list at this moment. It's one of the best golf games ever made, but you don't have to like golf to enjoy the curse of being forced to play it.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Hooked Gamers (8.7 out of 10) (87%)

The game uses the golf word par to give a number of how many shots a hole has to be completed in. In reality using the word par in place of number of shots allowed is a misnomer because completing a hole under par carries no benefit. That might just be the developers way of making the game be more golf like. However, even though Cursed to Golf really isn't a sports game or a game of real golf, it does hold a whole lot of value when it comes to fun. The graphics aren't the latest and greatest but the feeling of accomplishment of actually negotiating your way past each level is worth the price of admission. It's also worth a bunch of satisfaction knowing that you indeed did escape purgatory, finally!

Sep 11th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Softpedia (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

Cursed to Golf is a solid puzzle experience with good presentation and some big thrilling moments.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

GameGrin (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

Cursed to Golf is a unique game that combines a platformer with golfing. With vibrant, retro-inspired visuals and a fun story, this game offers tons of replayability and challenge!

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Gamebutler, The (8.3 out of 10) (83%)

Not your typical golf affair, Cursed To Golf benefits from exquisite design, humorous characters and joyous visuals.

Aug 19th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Edge (8 out of 10) (80%)

Cursed to Golf fully commits to its purgatorial theme, and if that occasionally puts you in club-snapping mood, it's hard to deny the euphoric rush when you finally hole out.

Sep 8th, 2022 · Windows

Stuff Magazine / stuff.tv ( ) (80%)

Harder than it looks, but Cursed to Golf’s simple mechanics and clever mashing of genres make it a winner.

Aug 19th, 2022 · Windows · read review

PC Games (Germany) (8 out of 10) (80%)

Für all jene, die keine Geduld haben und schon beim ersten verlorenen FIFA-Match den Controller gegen die Wand schmeißen, dürfte Cursed to Golf das falsche Spiel sein. Für alle, die aber eine gewisse sadistische Veranlagung haben und sich in Videospielen gerne selbst quälen, dürfte das neue Spiel von Chuhai Labs genau richtig sein. Und natürlich auch für all jene, die einfach auf ein unterhaltsames und charmantes Rouge-Lite mit Golf-Setting Lust haben. Meiner Meinung nach funktioniert das Golf-Gameplay aus Schläger und Winkel bestimmen, im richtigen Moment auslösen, verschiedenen Hindernissen ausweichen und gegen Bossgegner kämpfen so gut, dass man vielleicht gar kein Perma-Death-„Feature“ gebraucht hätte. Klar, für manche wird das den größten Reiz am Spiel ausmachen. Und es motiviert auch ungemein. ...)

Aug 20th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Meristation (8 out of 10) (80%)

Juego de notable acabado que disfrutaremos y recordaremos. Una buena compra, muy recomendable para amantes del género. Está bien cuidado a todos los niveles.

Sep 1st, 2022 · Windows · read review

App Trigger (8 out of 10) (80%)

Cursed to Golf really takes golfing to the next level. The wide variety of holes, traps, and Ace Cards really makes you want to play this game over and over again. With a golf game taking a risk to join the Roguelike genre, it swung and definitely did not miss. You will find yourself playing Cursed to Golf many times over just so you can finally see if you can conquer Golf Purgatory and ascend back to the real world.

Aug 31st, 2022 · Windows · read review

Hardcore Gamer Magazine (4 out of 5) (80%)

Pacing issues aside, Cursed to Golf is a unique and terrific blend of different genres that makes for a highly enjoyable and fresh spin on the classic sport. Be it through golfing skills, puzzle-solving skills, luck or a mix of all three, each hole presents a multitude of options to try out and paths to take, with each perfect shot providing a sort of golfing high as you soar through a passageway filled with spikes and vines. Throw in charming old-school style and aesthetics, and you get one challenging course that’s a blast to play through.

Aug 24th, 2022 · Windows · read review

IGN Italia (8 out of 10) (80%)

Quasi andando volontariamente in netto contrasto con un delizioso comparto tecnico vintage e la simpatia che caratterizza i suoi personaggi, Cursed to Golf si rivela un roguelike single player tutto d’un pezzo in cui non c’è spazio alcuno per la tolleranza verso chi compie errori: bastano uno o due swing sballati per ritrovarsi ancora una volta all’inizio di un percorso tortuoso. Eppure, al netto di una frustrazione che fa da onnipresente caddie al giocatore, Chuhai Labs se ne infischia delle semplificazioni, va dritta per la sua strada e ci propone un’originale rivisitazione del golf in salsa roguelike dotata di un gameplay intuitivo ma sfaccettato da cui, con un po’ di pazienza e tanta forza di volontà, è possibile estrarre grandi soddisfazioni. Masochismo o no è difficile stabilirlo, fatto sta che Cursed to Golf è senz'altro capace di farsi amare e odiare allo stesso tempo.

Aug 22nd, 2022 · Windows · read review

God is a Geek (7.5 out of 10) (75%)

Cursed to Golf is a very unique golf Roguelike, but balance issues and a few too many tutorials will put some off.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Higher Plain Games (7.5 out of 10) (75%)

If you are going to get steaming frustrated because you don’t see every consequence of your actions on screen immediately, this might be one to skip for now.

Sep 4th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Vandal Online (7.5 out of 10) (75%)

Una interesante mezcla de géneros que funciona bien, con una jugabilidad sólida y un componente roguelike no tan sólido, pero que es capaz de divertir y entretener durante varias horas.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Indie Game Reviewer (3.5 out of 5) (70%)

Cursed to Golf is ultimately still a solid game, with intuitive mechanics and a gorgeous 16-bit presentation that lends it endless charm. It’s just unfortunate that its simplicity serves to make its shortcomings all the more obvious.

Sep 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Tech-Gaming (69 out of 100) (69%)

Make sure you enjoy deck building just as much as driving before settling down for Cursed to Golf.

Aug 19th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Everyeye.it (6.8 out of 10) (68%)

Chuhai Labs firma un originale “golflike” che farà la felicità degli appassionati di platform bidimensionali in stile rétro. È consigliata un’assunzione di Cursed to Golf a piccole dosi: le buche del Custode del Green risulteranno toste anche per i golfisti videoludici più accaniti. L’avventura del Golfista Maledetto avrebbe giovato di qualche piccola aggiunta per rendere meno frustranti le numerose sconfitte, ma nel complesso risulta accattivante per chi cerca pane per i suoi denti. Sebbene le Carte Asso non siano numerosissime, la loro estrazione, spesso casuale, garantisce partite differenti in cui è necessario adattare e rivedere l’approccio strategico: per affrontare le diciotto buche nel modo migliore sarà certamente necessaria una buona dose di fortuna, data l’importanza delle carte per condurre un buon gioco nel Purgatorio.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Sector (6.5 out of 10) (65%)

Celkovo je Cursed to Golf pekne spracovaný mix golfu, puzzle a netradičného príbehu. Dobre sa ovláda, možnosti s karičkami a nástrahami sú pekne vyriešené, levely sú však príliš podobné a niektoré zbytočne náročné. V dizajne levelov nie je využitý potenciál rozmanitosti a dosť to zabíja roguelite štýl. Minimálne by to chcelo možnosť štandardnej hry pre tých hráčov, ktorí nechcú stále dookola opakovať hru od začiatku.

Sep 29th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Noisy Pixel (6.5 out of 10) (65%)

Cursed to Golf has so many good ideas that never truly come together. I never really cared about the story; all I was left with was a zany roguelike golf game. Random glitches aside, I could help but feel cheated no matter how much time I invested. Still, it’s undeniably clever, and the puzzle nature of the courses have you mastering your form to get through purgatory as quickly as possible.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Multiplayer.it (6.5 out of 10) (65%)

Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate, recitava l'iscrizione sulla porta dell'Inferno Dantesco, eppure non crediamo sfigurerebbe sull'insegna dell'Eterni-Tee dello Scozzese. Cursed to Golf vi farà sudare, ammaliandovi con la sua pixel art, circuendovi con la sua ironia e poi annichilendovi con la sua poca permissività. Se volete provare a dominare i campi maledetti del Purgatorio del Golf, armatevi di pazienza e di tempo, se invece pensate che la vostra vita vi ha già dispensato eccessivo stress allora forse è il caso che guardiate da lontano l'originale interpretazione di Chuhai Labs del nobile sport.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Gameplay (Benelux) N/A

De trajecten zijn uiteraard niet gewoon voorzien van groen gras een zandbak en een vijvertje, hier krijg je vanuit zijaanzicht ook puntige staken, giftige plassen, ventilators en dozen vol dynamiet te verwerken die je met precies geslagen balletjes en special abilities (Rocketball, U-Turn, enz.) moet omzeilen. Dit vervloekte balletje moet je zeker putten!

Sep 1st, 2022 · Windows

Rock, Paper, Shotgun N/A

Its roguelike elements and course designs feel like a swing and a miss, but Cursed To Golf has plenty of visual charm and is a fun throwback to Flash-era golfing games of bygones past.

Aug 19th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Polygon N/A

Even with Cursed to Golf’s punishing difficulty, I’ve found myself getting closer and closer to the vaunted 18th hole on each run, with no desire to stop until I’ve reclaimed my mortality. It’s a testament to the craft of developer Chuhai Labs, which was willing to take such risks with such a proven formula that I haven’t stopped even after several punishing deaths. And I won’t stop until I finally remove this dreaded albatross from my neck.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Entertainium N/A

Cursed to Golf has such good aesthetics, and is based on such a fundamentally sound idea, that all of this could be forgivable – and some, no doubt, will relish the challenge. The roguelike structure, though, means that these frustrations have to be endured over and over again. Unlike, say, Nuclear Throne or Into the Breach, the game lacks the smooth and addictive core gameplay to make that feel worthwhile. It’s for that reason that despite taking a strong first shot, Cursed to Golf ultimately ends up feeling under par.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

Digital Trends N/A

At the moment, I’m still stuck in the part of Cursed to Golf where escape feels impossible. I’m not sure I’ll ever get out. I feel like a golfer stuck in a bunker, only moving the ball forward a few inches with each unsuccessful shot. That very well might be the point — this is purgatory after all. Put aside the hope of escaping and you’ve got a fun 2D golf game that playfully amps up the high-stakes nature of the game. Just try not to break your controller over your leg in frustration in the process.

Aug 18th, 2022 · Windows · read review

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Critic reviews added by Tim Janssen, Patrick Bregger.