Tiger Woods has had a few ups and downs in his life, both professionally and personally (wink wink, nudge nudge). And yet even so it seems as if the TW name is still a brand worth a buck or two, with EA now giving us the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12.
EA Sports first brought Tiger Woods into the home way back in 1998, with Tiger Woods ’99 (I have never understood why they have used the following year in the titles) being available on PC and Playstation. Since then we have had a Tiger Woods title every year, which means we have so far had 14 variations (or 15 if you include the Online in 2009). By anyone’s standards that is quite something.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 (from here on in this review called TW12) marks EAs first port of a console Tiger Woods game to iOS in the franchise (The last game was a specially made game for iOS that only featured a few of the usual options). This is significant in itself, as it shows how EA is taking the App market very seriously and rightly so, in my opinion; it is a growing market millions of idevices being sold to date. If you find the right app for the right crowd you’ll be rolling in it.
To think of TW12 as just an App feels a bit weird. Apps are short and quirky, and involve catapulting birds into buildings don’t they? Apps aren’t full games with stunning graphics. You might get one but not both, right?
TW12 is certainly helping to redefine what we can expect from our Apps in the future, well our ‘premium’ Apps anyway. With this game you are getting a complete package; four different game modes, 8 courses and a fully customizable player option. You can even challenge your Facebook friends in a ‘Closest to the Pin’ contest, although I will admit to not using this feature at the time of writing as none of my friends own the App yet.
To match all of this the graphics are quite awesome. I mean they’re not PC standard, and if that’s what you are expecting then you are setting the bar too high, but they’re still very good. They are clear and smooth, which is just what you want. The sound is also very good, although a little repetitive at times. And the controls are intuitive and easy to use, if a bit tricky on a small screen.
And this, really, is my only real gripe about the game. You control the swing of the club by moving your finger first down and then quickly up the screen. You can add fade and draw to the shot by moving slightly to the left or right swiping upwards, which I found myself doing far too often. Maybe it’s just me and my crappy fingers, or perhaps it was due to the screen size. I don’t know, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
TW12 is a great game, it really is. Even if it wasn’t ‘just an App’ this could score quite well, but the fact that you can play a proper Tiger Woods title on your iPhone or iPod still amazes me. Yes, you are paying a little more than usual, EA are currently charging £2.99 for this one, but that's good value for money in my opinion as this game should keep you entertained for hours.
- Sound: 8
- Graphics: 10
- Gameplay: 8
- Longevity: 9
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