NES Golf Tour Rules and Regulations
Here are the basic criteria against which each game will be judged:
Course Design: How well is the course(s) designed? Is the design realistic or does it abuse the video game privilege? Is the course design fair? Does it feel like a golf course or a video game?
Green Design: How well designed are the greens? Does hole placement vary from round to round? Are breaks designed with realism?
Shot Set-Up Interface: How easy is it to set up your shot? Does the game give distances to pin? Is it easy to line up a shot? Can you adjust your position? Can you view the entire course?
Swing Interface: How easy is to swing your club? Are the controls intuitive? How easy is it to hit an accurate shot? How easy is it to hook or slice?
Putting Interface: How easy is the putting? Are the controls intuitive? How easy is to hit an accurate putt?
Auto Caddy: Is there one? How accurate is it? Is it helpful?
Spin Control: How much control do you have over the spin of the ball? How important is spin to the game play?
Wind Influence: How much does the wind/weather factor into your game?
Break Influence: How much does the break on the greens influence your putt?
Chip in Possible?
Learning Curve? How many rounds will it take to get into the flow of the game? How easy is it to pick up and start playing the game successfully? Rated on a scale of 1-10, 1 being "Pick-up-and-Play", 10 being "you must live this game for a few days before you get the hang of it."
Whistles and Bells: What are the special touches in this game? Are there animations? Are there save files? Does the game track your progress? Are there lots of courses to choose from? Are the graphics outstanding?
After analyzing each game against these criteria, I will give a short summary of my evaluation of the game and tell you exactly how much fun it is to play. I'll also give it a ranking on a 10 scale with 1 being the really terrible and 10 being a must have golf game.
If you love golf games as much as I do, this should be a lot of fun! If you are new to NES golf games, I hope this Tour will be a great primer and help you find the game that is right for you! So if you are ready, go get your green jacket and let's meet back here for NES Golf Tour Part 2: Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf.