Wow! If your a golfer or a fan of this
sport than this is the only iPad game you need. Having played a variety
of sport games on the iPad, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 is easily the best
sport game on this portable smart device. From its flawless gameplay,
amazing graphics, this game has all the bells and whistles, including
real-world golfers such as Tiger Woods and Natalie Gulbis to eight
official courses such as Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. This is virtual
golfing at its best.
However where Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 shines on the iPad is through its
sturdy control system that is not a cut down version of some mobile app.
Rather, this golfing game allows you to have full control over shots as
you attempt to get your ball as close to the hole as possible. The game
does contain a tutorial to assist you in mastering the controls as you
use your finger to control a power meter to hit your shot.
The idea is simple,
you move your finger down the meter and then up again in order to hit
the ball. By moving your finger slightly to the right or the left, this
will impact on which direction your ball will go. If you move your
finger all the way down the meter, this will ensure that you hit your
ball harder so depending on your distance and difficulty level, a careful balance must be
achieved. There is also a percentage display in order to help you with
the shot but after a few holes, you will soon get into the swing of
things (pun intended) as you attempt to better your shots.
The game contains a variety of gameplay modes that include
PGA Tour, Tiger Challenge and
Multiplayer Game. Whether you have chosen to play a full round of golf or a partial
round, the game will save your position if you get interrupted or need to
do something else on your iPad.
The game even contains a
head-to-head mode via WiFi or Bluetooth that allows you to play against
other virtual golfers and is actually quite fun or even via FaceBook. My favourite mode
the PGA Tour Mode that allows you to engage in various tours across the
golfing circuit as you attempt to become the best virtual golfer. If you
want a break, there
are some fun gaming modes that include the Tiger Challenge which is
a collection of mini-games where you need to compete and win money in
order to unlock prizes and the like.
However before starting the game, you need to customise your Avatar and
this is probably the only let down of the game as its quite simplistic.
The only real detail and customisation options you have is changing the colours
on your golfers outfit and you do have two genders to choose from, male
and female. But once in the game, it's great attempting to beat these
real-world golfers and once you have mastered the control system, this
is a very realistic possibility.
Graphically, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 is pure eye candy on the iPad that
features some amazing courses such as St. Andrews or Boston plus a
special surprise that I won't spoil. Everything looks quite realistic on the course
as well, from the trees to the grass, the sand and the realistic weather, it's
truly a joy to watch. Then you have the realistic golfers that move like
their real-world counterparts, although they do look a little cartoony
compared to the console version of this game. Add in commentary and
those clichéd golf sounds and this is a good looking and sounding game.
The music is a little generic in the game so thankfully you can play
your own set lists via MP3.
In the end, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 is a very impressive game on the
iPad that contains some of the best graphics to grace this smart device
with almost flawless gameplay. So what are you waiting for, pick up your
iPad, choose your virtual golfer and starting hitting those balls as you
improve your skills and become the best possible virtual golfer you can
be. With tons of replay value, this is gaming at its best on the iPad!