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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 DOS Title screen (CGA with RGB monitor) (*This is from Original CGA)
Mean 18 Atari 7800 Atari logo
Mean 18 DOS Game Statistics of Player (EGA)
Mean 18 DOS New Game or Resume Game? (CGA with Composite)

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Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

The first great PC golf game DOS gametrader (233)

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
Commodore User Amiga Aug, 1987 5 out of 10 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1987 1.4 out of 12 12
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Dec, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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Atari 7800 port: split? 1 Rola (8277)
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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 to the present day.


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

Y2K Bug

When registering a high score, the player is required to enter the current date in three parts; month, day and year. (Why the computer clock couldn't be consulted is not known!). When entering the year part, only 2-digit values between 86 and 99 are accepted.

Related Web Sites

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