Super Stickman Golf has made its way to Android at last. This golf game has more in common with artillery games and physics puzzlers as much as it does with golf games. Players set their angle and shot power when shooting from a 2D perspective, more similar to Tank Wars than most golf games. Shots have to also bounce off of the environment, and there are hazards to avoid as well, such as bottomless pits. This is not the typical golf game at all. Furthermore, powerups such as an instant mulligan, sticky ball that sticks to surfaces it hits, a hazard swap, and even a super ball that travels over twice as far.
Everything that was great about the iOS version is here in the Android version: the ingenious gameplay, vast amount of content, and online leaderboards for competing with friends. The Android version of the game is free to play, and it is actually more free than most games with a paid component. There are no ads, only a currency called “Golf Bux” that is used exclusively for early unlocks. Everything in the game can be earned through normal playing, but can be unlocked quicker through Golf Bux, which can also be earned by unlocking achievements in the main game. These can be used to purchase the powerups early, which otherwise take a long time to unlock regularly.
The Golf Bux can also be used to buy more powerups for use in-game, which is something that I take some issue with, as even though they come at the hefty cost of 10 Golf Bux per additional powerup, this does lead to the possibility that people with more money than sense could dominate the leaderboards. The game still takes skill, but it seems like something dangerously exploitable, especially on the online leaderboards. Sadly, the Android version does not contain online multiplayer yet, though the developers claim that this is something that will be added in the future.
Super Stickman Golf is another must-have iOS port for Android, and at the price of free for iOS, there’s little reason to recommend not checking this out, even for those who have played it on iOS before.
Big-time games are making their way to Android, one release at a time. Let’s start with Square Enix, who have announced this past week at Tokyo Game Show that their legendary 16-bit RPG will be making its way to Android as well as iOS in the next year. This RPG features players controlling Crono and his friends on a time-traveling romp to try and prevent the world from being destroyed by the Eldritch Abomination known as Lavos. The game features multiple endings, and a unique battle system where multiple party members can combine on a single powerful attack. The game received a re-release on the Nintendo DS several years back that included a new ending; that version of the game could be the basis for the mobile ports. This isn’t it for Square Enix’s upcoming Android titles; Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest and Dragon Quest: Monsters are also on their way to mobile platforms along with Android versions of Final Fantasy I & II. These titles will expand Square Enix’s currently meager Android offerings, which consist of the interactive comic Imaginary Range and Crystal Defenders.
The idea of Android as a gaming platform is definitely gaining steam, with more and more creators both big and small preparing to put out their titles, and now more titles will be debuting alongside their iOS releases. The time of Android gaming as a serious force may be at hand.