Review: Neverputt





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Quick Information

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Additional Notes
Linux version available!This game is free!
Age Rating Suitable for everyone
License: Open Source
System used: Martha
Available From: Neverball.org

Linux users can also find this game in their distro's repository

Game Screenshots


Rolling towards the cup


Aiming uphill


Heading for the green

General Notes

Neverputt is a minigolf game created by the same people that made Neverball. The two games share many of their assets and physics engine, though Neverputt keeps the floor in its original orientation throughout the game.

Overall, Neverputt is more likely to appeal to the average player than Neverball. Minigolf doesn't feature much of a learning curve, and the controls are much less confusing. Also, just like Neverball, it's free for everyone to play and modify.

Gameplay Summary

Neverputt is a typical minigolf game, so you probably already know the basics. At the start of your turn, you aim your shot with your mouse and try to get the ball to roll into the cup at the end of the hole. In the meantime, you'll need to navigate various obstacles or tricky jumps.

Pros

Quiet golfing
The only sound is the voice of the announcer, and she doesn't say very much more than who is up to play next and what the result of the last swing was. It's a quiet game, and there's nothing much to distract you, so take your time and relax a bit.


Unusual obstacles
Everything you see in Neverball appears in Neverputt somewhere. This means you'll need to deal with everything from moving platforms to bottomless pits to the occasional loop-de-loop. None of these are realistically possible in a golf course, but it's more fun this way.


Stroke maximum
Each hole has a set par, and you can only go so far over par before you're taken to the next hole. This helpfully keeps the game moving and prevents you from getting stuck, though it might annoy people that are attempting to practice a hole they find difficult.


Multiple courses to try
There are a total of nine courses included with the game. Some are simple and easy, while others are hard and complex, ensuring there's a course for everyone. More courses can be found at the game's website.


Occulus rift support
Like Neverball, Neverputt also claims to support the Occulus Rift.


Cons

Fewer options than Neverball
Neverball has a number of options that aren't present in Neverputt. The most obvious of these is the lack of a menu option to change what your ball looks like. In the game itself, you can't even choose what color you use: that's determined by your position in the player list (ie, player 1 is always red). On the bright side, it remembers which ball you chose in Neverball, so you can customize it, just in a very awkward manner.


Local multiplayer only
To play with someone else, both of you need to be at the same computer and take turns using the mouse. This can be a little awkward, but it's doable enough.


Concerns and Issues

Nothing to worry about here
Although it can be surprisingly difficult at times, this is a really clean title with no objectionable content.