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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

February 19, 2019  (originally published June 25, 2013)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights Erik's Favorite Disney Things Week: Disney Golf

Developed by: T&E SOFT Inc.

System: PlayStation 2

Disney Golf

This week, we are celebrating everything that Who's Who Wednesday writer Erik Anderson loves in the Disney universe! It is a week that already showed us the joys of a bountiful Hawaiian feast and Hidden Mickey's in an exotic bazaar in Adventureland! Now, we are digesting the feast and taking a break from all the adventure for a nice, relaxing game of golf... Disney style! Today we are taking a look at Erik's favorite Disney game, the appropriately titled Disney Golf, originally released for the PlayStation 2 on October 17, 2002!

 

In developing a Disney game, video game companies often take ideas done by other companies, and create the Disney version of it, slightly altering to fit the needs and expectations of the Disney fan. While that may sound like a cynical thing to do, it is a very common practice in the video game industry. Such is the case with Nintendo. They have perfected the art of taking a game idea and creating the Super Mario Bros version of it. Out of that practice we have received some of the best sports games ever released, like Mario Golf and Mario Tennis. The key element is to utilize the franchise's appeal and ideas to further enhance the gameplay concepts, and also make it appealing towards families as well as players who may not be interested in sports, yet still make it deep enough for fans of the genre to invest time on.

Disney Golf

Disney Golf sets out to do the same thing, but under the Disney name. The game was developed by a Japanese company named T&E SOFT Inc, who have had previous experiences in the video golf genre with the Everyone's Golf series. Gameplay wise, the rules of golf still apply to the Disney version. The objective of the game is to complete the course in as less swings as possible, avoiding sand traps, making note of the speed and direction of the wind, and applying the right amount of strength onto your swing. You'll partake in various tournaments that take place around various fictional courses, each with their own obstacles and layouts that affect where the ball lands after being hit. Completion of these tournaments nets unlockables such as new courses to play in as well as characters.

And speaking of characters, it wouldn't be a Disney game without the appearance of Disney characters! Characters from the Mickey and friends universe take over the playable character roster. Much like in Nintendo's Mario sports series, each character is ranked under a different category, such as Normal (the character's skills are average), Power (the character has great strength), Skill (the character can pull off great shots) and even a Kids mode where younger players can understand the game better. This is important as their performance can affect the outcome of the game, and when the courses become trickier, you will need to use the characters to the best of your abilities. As simple as this may seem, it adds some depth to the gameplay while still retaining the appealing Disney charm. Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pete, and even Morty (Mickey's nephew) and Professor Ludwig Von Drake make appearances in the game!

Disney Golf

Disney Golf, however, has one peculiar element that makes it stand out from other Disney sports games, and that is the absence of Mickey Mouse as a playable character! That's right, Disney Golf is one of the few Disney games in which Mickey is not a playable character. Instead, he is the narrator for the game, offering advice on bettering your golf game. The decision is an odd one, but it does feel nice to have Mickey be the one to guide you through the game.

Presentation is something Disney Golf excels at. It being a Disney property, the quality of the animation is top notch. The characters are nicely modeled in 3D, and express a wide range of emotions depending on how they are performing on the course. So expect Donald to get angry when he gets a double bogey, or for Minnie to cheer when she lands a hole in one. This is also thanks to the performances brought by the official voice actors, including the late Wayne Allwine serving as our narrator for the game. The courses themselves also look nice and feature really nice touches such as castles off in the distance. Needless to say, Disney Golf is a game brimming with a ton of charming personality.

Disney Golf is a very fun golf game that has the depth of the actual sport, but with the Disney charm everyone loves. Young and adult alike can get a lot out of the game, and even if Mickey is just a narrator in this game, the usage of the classic Disney characters is great. If you love golf and Disney, don't hesitate to pick up a copy!

Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games
Hercules

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Pinocchio

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
Quackshot
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
NintendoLand
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer
DisneyQuest

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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