Remember mini golf? Scrambling across the Astroturf on a hot summer night trying desperately to beat your buddies to the windmill? We've got mini golf just the way you remember it... only much, much cooler.
3-D Ultra MiniGolf has the vintage holes you love, plus a whole bunch of new ones you won't believe! And they're all jam-packed with gadgets, gizmos, strange creatures and crazy sound effects - taking a favorite pastime to a whole new level of fun!
Whack the ball between erupting volcanoes or bank a putt through a bustling space port. Watch in disbelief as your ball disintegrates in molten lava or - worse yet - your best friend sinks a hole-in-one!
- The most realistic physics and accurate ball movement of any computer mini golf game.
- Play it safe or take the riskier - but more rewarding - shots, with multiple ball paths.
- Play match, medal - or race against the clock and friends to sink your ball first!
- Use EasyPutt for one-click operation or TruePutt which lets you control the force and angle of your putt with the mouse
- Includes 2 incredible nine-hole courses.
- Compete with up to four players on your computer.
~ from the back of the box
Sierra's 3D Ultra Pinball series was always a selection of fun pick-up-and-play time wasters. In 1997 the developers at Dynamix decided to branch out away from pinball into another sport: mini-golf. And with that, 3D Ultra MiniGolf was born.
You'll visit a strange number of locations over the course of 18 holes, including a rather confrontational encounter with a dinosaur-sized caveman. Yes, the over-the-top stylings are here in full force and really add to the enjoyment. You can aim for par, or simply explore the locations seeing what animations you can trigger.
There are two ways to putt. EasyPutt, despite its name, is not solely for younger players only. The strength of your swing is determined by a number of clicks where you stop a pointer on a gauge. TruePutt is far trickier to control. The swing motion is played out using the mouse, asking you to make broader sweeps than you would normally in everyday use. It is also incredibly inconsistent, betraying its namesake. There's a reason why the EasyPutt style is still around in golf games to this day and TruePutt is lost to time.
At least you have access to both options on the fly using the in-game menu bar (for some reason, the actual Preferences button on the main menu crashes the game, but everything can be accessed in-game anyway). If there's anything that shows the game's age it's in the graphics department. Holes are split up into a series of well-placed static screenshots created using pre-rendered CGI. They are detailed enough to spark your imagination, but when you screw up a hit that results in an awkward ball placement, they can be more of a hindrance. It's to the designer's credit that this rarely happens.
In the end, 3D Ultra Mini-Golf is a worthy experiment in the 3D Ultra series - one that would see the series through to this day (see 3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures on Steam). Despite its age, it remains an insane amount of fun.
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox running Microsoft Windows 3.1 to get the game working on modern systems. Tested on Windows 10.
File Size: 333 Mb. Install Size: 451 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
3D Ultra MiniGolf is © Sierra On-Line
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me