Everybody else will love it, partly because all the cutesy stuff actually makes it a more entertaining game to play. The game has two main single-player modes, a standard Stroke Play mode for a straightforward round on a course of your choice, and a Challenge mode. The Challenge mode incorporates a number of one-on-one matches and tournaments, and by winning these you can unlock new costume items, characters, clubs, special moves and ¬– most importantly – stars. Win enough stars and your player goes up in rank, meaning a new course and another set of challenges open up. In other words, you have goals that go beyond merely lowering your handicap.
And another little cute point – you can choose which character to play with, and the more you play with one character, the more their big, heart-shaped loyalty gauge will fill up, and the better they will play for you. It’s odd, slightly sickening, and yet weirdly lovable at the same time. Let’s face it, you could play as Tiger Woods for years at a time, and never get the sense that he appreciated your cup-winning efforts.
In terms of basic gameplay, Everybody’s Golf hits it just about perfect. The standard-issue three click system isn’t going to confuse anyone familiar with computer golf, club selection is a doddle, all the information is there at a glance, and you can get a good view of where the ball might (hopefully) end up at the touch of a button. Even putting isn’t a disaster, as the traditional undulating grid on the green is helped along by a height profile display and some neat moving highlights that give a more detailed idea of the terrain. Trust me – even your most doddering relative could probably get to grips with this one.
However, Everybody’s Golf also has a few tweaks for the advanced ‘power-player’. A little work with the D-pad during the shot, for instance, adds spin to the ball in the appropriate direction, while a little extra welly can be added (on a limited basis) by pressing the square button before you take your shot. Take your time and practice, and you’ll soon be doing the sort of trick shots that amaze other players.