Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
LEADERBOARD • US GOLD • £29.99 • OUT NOW
Golf’s a boring old sport, but the damned game seems to be all over the TV nowadays. With the Ryder Cup on every sporting man’s lips at the moment, it seems the ideal time to cash in on the blanket media coverage.
It seems ironic that TV sports that are by their nature unexciting most of the time - like golf, snooker and darts - have some of the highest prize money kitties around. Like the real games, though, the console versions of these “sports” are always very much love them/loathe them affairs. Play them for ever, or play them never.
The simply delights of Golfamania have kept Master System owners happy for years. But the big one has hit; the original computer golfing game has arrived, bigger and better than ever before. How can Golfamania stand up to the colossal challenge of Leader Board? It can’t. There's a new champ in the house.
Sandtraps, trees, bushes, water hazards - they’re all here. The combination of three real courses - Cypress Creek, St Andrew’s and Doral Country Club - and a specially-designed course, the Gauntlet Country Club, adds real variation to World Class Leader Board.
Up to four players can compete over the courses, with each one being able to play at any of three skill levels. This is great news as the quality of players is varied, and you can really handicap players to make things fairer for novices.
Walking onto the first hole, you are struck by the scenery around you. Trees, rivers, bunkers and fairways are all well drawn and ready to offer you a challenge.
Most of the holes have some kind of hazards, especially on the best-of-the-best Gauntlet course. Land in the bunker or the water and listen to the superb speech taking the mick out of your last shot. “Can’t be too happy about that one,” laughs the machine as you drive that tee shot straight into the vast wastes of water.
World Class Leader Board knocks Golfamania right into the sandtrap. The Leader Board concept of multi-player action has always proved popular, and the addition of speech and great scenery graphics makes this the only golf game worth considering.
On holes that dogleg or have trees in the way, use a hook or force a slice to get around the problem. Perfect shots these and you’re laughing.
This is a nasty hole to start on. Your man is swinging back to smash the ball down the course, trying desperately not to hit the trees or tne water. You're level par at the moment - but this is the first hole after all...
A monster of a putt here; 49 feet in total. Don't bother trying to plan it, just grab the putter and smack it is hard as you can. This is the kind of advice that David Leadbetter gives, I'm sure.
Get a friend to play a round with...