According to WizardWorks, "Innova Disc Golf is the world's first
interactive simulation of the sport that's sweeping the country".
Well they got one thing right, it's the world's first interactive
simulation of disc golf. What they didn't get right was the game
Innova Disc Golf plays much like any other golf game, except
instead of golf clubs and golf balls you throw discs around a
course with the objective of throwing it into a basket. There are
four full 18-basket courses on which to play. That's not the only
similarity to the sport of golf however, each of the courses are par
threes. That's to say that on each hole, it should only take you
three throws to land the disc into the basket. The goal of Innova
Disc Golf, much like regular golf, is to have as low a score as
There are 11 different discs in total to choose from, each with their
own unique characteristics. The discs are similar to golf clubs in
that some of the discs can travel farther than others. Some discs
are meant for longer shots while others are more effective at
closer range. Some discs are designed to curve to the left or right
depending on whether you throw it backhand or forehand.
Basically you have to judge your shot and select the disc that will
best suit your needs.
Sound simple enough? It's golf except with discs instead of clubs
and balls. I suppose the biggest difference between the two games
is that well, golf is interesting. Innova Disc Golf does nothing to
add tension to each shot, does nothing to re-enact the sport well at
all and does nothing to bring excitement to a relatively new sport.
Certain sports have no place in a video game and disc golf is one
If you've played any PC golfing title, you'll instantly
recognize the mouse-driven interface. A series of mouse clicks will
start and finish the disc throwing action and the actual game view
is exactly the same as any golfing title out there.
Graphically, Innova Disc Golf is as budget as can be. The visuals
are extremely dated and the effects within the game are absent if
not horribly done. The audio is also less than spectacular with only
a few sound effects in the lineup. Whether it be little quips coming
from the players or environmental sounds, it's all typically poor.
Overall, the presentation is less than appealing to say the least.
You can play Innova Disc Golf with up to 14 players at the same
time over a network or on the same computer. You can customize
several characteristics of your disc golfer including their name,
gender, skill and handedness. The game keeps track of numerous
stats through each round including longest shot, best scores and
much more. The game features a single player mode and a pro
season which allows you to play through two rounds on each of
the four courses in a competition-like manner.
The bottom line is simply this: Innova Disc Golf isn't fun. This is one
sport that simply doesn't come across on the PC and I really do
question the decision to even make the attempt to do so. Budget
title or not, keep the discs in the park please.
[ 07/20 ] Graphics
[ 06/15 ] Sound
[ 12/30 ] Gameplay
[ 06/20 ] Fun Factor
[ 02/05 ] Multiplayer
[ 03/10 ] Overall Impression