Press Start’s 2019 GOTY #9 – What The Golf


The launch of Apple Arcade introduced a lot of gamers to a bunch of fantastic experiences for iOS. The most memorable for the Press Start team was certainly What The Golf, a sharp-witted and hilarious golfing game that flipped the genre on its ear even more so than Dangerous Golf, inserting a lot of clever nods to pop and gaming culture.

It’s explosive, insanely fun and very addictive. It’s ideal for those happy to chip away at it on the go for short trips, though we’re sure there’s just as many who’ve made it a fairway through the game in a single sitting. We’re not sure what drives the developers to take such creative risks like this and if the question was ever which game in 2019 provided the most mindless fun then this game would have to be nearest to pin.

Though the team didn’t review What The Golf, Press Start’s own Jake Barros featured the game in an episode of his Arcade Today channel.

Press Start Australia didn’t publish a review for What The Golf though it holds a score of 79 on Metacritic.

Steven said: An absolute standout of the Apple Arcade lineup, and mobile gaming in general. Endlessly surprising, What The Golf played with the inputs of a mobile device in delightfully unexpected ways and kept me guessing until the very last moment.

Brodie said: What The Golf was one of the few games at launch that made Apple Arcade worthy of the asking price. I’ve never been much of a mobile gamer, but What The Golf captured many of the things that made other wonderful puzzle games like Portal so fun and memorable. A satisfying, addictive core loop along with its self-awareness and the way it manages to be self-referential with regards to the industry it’s in only adds to the charm.

Shannon said: When Apple Arcade launched, it reminded me of what I absolutely adore about mobile games (when done correctly). What The Golf ate up every free second of my day for at least 3-4 days when it launched. It was fast-paced, insanely clever and very addictive and I’m still surprised that such a simple concept could work so well in a crowded library of games.

For our #9 spot, we send congratulations to Triband. Along with a spot in our top ten, a nomination for Best Mobile Game at The Game Awards is something to be proud of.

Current Top 10:
9. What The Golf
10. A Plague Tale: Innocence