A fairly solid game, but one hampered by technical issues and the sad fact that it's just plain out of date. For something with a regular price of $10, one would think Activision could at least have tossed a patch at it, but no, of course not.
The golfing takes place in three separate environments, Carnival, Outer Space, and Wild West. The designers made good use of the set pieces in several courses, and despite this looking like an easy game, there's a few holes that will have you ripping your hair out. There are four separate tournaments, ranging from 18 holes to 36, and unfortunately there is some course recycling between them - not near enough that it much irks you though. There are four characters to choose from, and you can change their clothing and the design of their golf ball - aside from looks, there is no variation in playstyle.
Now for the bad. Multiplayer exists, but contrary to how the store page makes it sound, it is hotseat play on a single machine only. Maximum resolution is 1280x800, and running it in a window is the only way I could eliminate all but a couple crashes. 3D Ultra loves its crashes, between levels, while playing, and even while looking at the scorecard - irritating, yes, but the game saves between levels so little progress is lost. The included course editor, while a nice bonus that does work well, makes no use of the themed assets, so everything you build is just on a flat green and for some backwards reason cannot be played outside the editor either.
Unless this hits $5 or less, I'd say to avoid it. Some of the other old Activision titles on here would eat this for breakfast, no problem.
Posted: 17 September 2013