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Golf Club: Wasteland Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Golf Club: Wasteland is a golf game in an unusual setting. You play on an earth decimated by an environmental catastrophe. Through beautiful visuals and eerie audio, you piece together what has happened to the planet to cause such devastation. It's an unusual way to tell a story, but one that combines 2D golfing and a surprisingly moving narrative about loss, loneliness, regret and an indictment of capitalism and corporate greed.

As the earth descended into climate crisis chaos, the ultra-rich move to Tesla City on Mars, and only come back to earth for rounds of golf. You play Charlie who, after ferrying the rich to Mars, decides to come back for one last game. Through diary entries, music and radio interviews, you begin to understand the impact of the change on those who survived; their longings and regrets, and through the scenery and locations, you begin to get a clearer picture of the annihilation of humanity on earth.

Against this backdrop, the golfing is a satisfyingly simple and controllable affair. You decide the angle and power of your shot and aim to get the ball in the hole in as few shots as possible. You play in abandoned museums, on rooftops, cruise ships, and more.

It's a unique and haunting experience that avoids the finger-wagging and blame usually accompanying conversations about the environment. Instead, we sit with the sad loneliness of the situation and the deep desire to return home even if that comes with the ultimate cost. It deals with these themes in a nuanced, introspective, and subtle way that is sure to provoke thought and conversation in those who play it.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Demagog Studio (@Demagog_Studio)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete. The game is rather short, and although some levels may require several attempts to beat on harder difficulties, the game overall is still rather short.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

11-14 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There are three difficulty levels available and, on the easiest, there is no way to fail; you simply keep trying until you succeed or decide to skip the level.

While much of the text is high contrast, a lot of it is also very small. Because the game is played on a 2d plane it is very easy to tell where the hole is and how to get to it on a given level. While the game can be played without sound given all the audio (which isn't essential to the gameplay) has subtitles, the sound does greatly enrich the experience.
 
Our Golf Club: Wasteland Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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