Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Last week we had oodles of American footie games; this week we're drowning in golf sims! Putt & Putter, a simple crazy golf simulation, isn't as serious as Leaderboard or Awesome Golf.
This Is chiefly a single player game but you can compete against one other human competitor providing you have two Game Gears, two copies of the game and a link cable.
Set over a selection of courses it, unlike any regular golf course, includes such obstacles as water hazards, steep, sloped fairways and even huge rubber blocks which divert your ball in a random direction.
Each hole has a par rating which depends on the difficulty of the course. Instead of the shots you take adding up to a total at the end of the course, you can only continue the game If you have enough balls.
If you complete the hole under par you are awarded an extra ball to add to your starting quota of five. However, take more swings than the par rating by three or more and your pool of golf balls will decrease.
There are numerous levels of difficulty, each with 18 holes. You must, however, complete the beginner's level before you can start playing on the master course which includes more fiendishly designed levels as well as new obstacles that throw your ball off course or Into a pool of boiling lava.
Putt & Putter makes a refreshing change from the usual 18 hole video golf game. The graphics are simplistic but adequate, the sound is OK and the game is fun to play - a very important factor.