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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.


Mean 18 Atari 7800 A not so great shot to the green
Mean 18 Atari 7800 The scorecard
Mean 18 Atari 7800 And now, off to the first hole!
Mean 18 Atari 7800 Putting

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Alternate Titles

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

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The Video Game Critic Jul 16, 2013 A- 91


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Atari 7800 port: split? 1 Rola (8307)
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Mean 18 was one of the first (if not the very first) golf games with the "tap to swing, tap for power, tap for hook/slice" control metaphor that has survived well into the 1990s.


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.)
Servo (57398) added Mean 18 (Atari 7800) on Dec 03, 2003
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