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January 18 2019

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  Top Players Golf - ©SNK 1990

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Game Stats
1 or 2 player


62 Megs
Japanese Name:

Top Players Golf

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Review Introduction:

Although it is not everybody's kind of thing, I quite like golf games. They are basically just a test of your reflexes and are very simple, but can be good fun, especially if you are playing against friends. This is a very old game (one of the first Neo Geo games in fact) and it definitely shows its age, but can still be decent fun for a while.


If you have ever played a golf game before, then you will know what to expect. Its just a case of aiming a cross air towards where you want the ball to go and then stopping the power gauge at the correct time to set the power of your shot. If you hit your button too early or too late you run the risk of slicing it, in which case your shot will go in totally the wrong direction. All golf games work in the same way. It doesn't sound like all that much fun and it probably shouldn't be, but for some reason it can be addictive for a short while. Unfortunately, this game does have a few faults which make it a little awkward to play. For a start, it doesn't instantly tell you how far away from the hole the ball is, you have to go to the caddy section (more on that later) to find out, which can be annoying. The power meter isn't the most well set out that I have seen, which can make it a little bit difficult to take your shots.

There are a few things which are cool. The presentation isn't bad (apart from the really crap intro) and the caddy feature is well done. Before each hole, she describes the course and gives you some advice. It isn't just writing either, it is all speech which is good for a game as old as this. Its a shame about the music though, which is not all that good at all. You can ask for some advice when you are in the game too, but unfortunately this is just in writing. Every time you ask for advice here she says the same thing: "Take my advice if you dare, or make you own choice, it's up to you!". This is funny at first, but hearing it every time you go to check on the length to the hole gets very annoying. The other problem is that the written advice is not usually all that helpful either. When I was putting once, it told me "this shot will be hard" and then I checked it again on that same shot and it said "this shot should be easy for you!". A little inconsistent I think! Oh well, at least when she is not giving you rubbish advice, she is trying to chat you up! (see above screen shot, bottom left)

As you can see, this isn't a really amazing game graphically, but I can let it off for that, mainly because it is old and also because it is golf and you don't need anything spectacular. Although it really does show its age, it serves its purpose well, that is about all.


If you like golf games, then this one is limited fun for a while. There are obviously much better serious golf games out there today on other systems, but this is still worth a try. If you want to play a great arcade style golf game on the Neo Geo though, try Turf Masters!

Graphics: 6/10
Sound: 8/10
Game play: 5.5/10
Replay Value: 6/10

Overall Rating: 6/10

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