It's been seven years but Zen Studios finally made a follow-up to 2010's Planet Minigolf. This iteration is focused primarily on user-created holes but does the fun indeed last forever?
If you're looking for a simple minigolf game that's easy to pick up and play then you can't do much better than Infinite Minigolf. You basically play each hole by lining up your shot, tilting the right stick back according to how much power you want to use, then letting go in order to putt the ball. Other buttons allow you to freely look around the area and use power-ups. These come in a few varieties such as ones that let you control the ball, give it a rocket boost, jump, fly, and even inflate to a larger size. These gimmicks add a layer of fun to the basic gameplay formula. Speaking of gimmicks, there are plenty of obstacles that can be rather nifty to try and work around such as speed pads, game consoles, loops, ramps, fans that blow your ball about, drones that can carry your ball, RC cars, and ducts that act as shortcuts. The combination of power-ups and these features can definitely make for some innovative situations.
Infinite Minigolf contains three themed environments including: Giant Home (a bedroom with a "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" thing going on), Nightmare Mansion (Halloween), and Santa's Factory (Christmas). Each of these areas features its own set of obstacles and every single one looks awesome. This is especially the case if you own a PlayStation VR headset as it makes each detailed environment come to life in a very impressive way. All of this being said, I can't help but wish there were more themes considering two of the available ones are holiday-themed. Anyway, you can also customize your own character. Aside from choosing whether they're a male or female, you can dress them up and change the colour of their hair, skin, and eyes. However, all of the designs end up looking extremely similar. The only noticeable difference is whether the character is male or female. Whether they have white or black skin or blue or brown eyes; they come across as the same character model but with slight differences.
Creating your own holes in Infinite Minigolf is a somewhat intuitive endeavor thanks to an easy-to-use interface. It may take a few minutes to work the kinks out but once it starts to click, you can effortlessly make some rather intricate holes. Admittedly, I'm not very good at making anything worthwhile but a lot of the holes that I played online were very well-crafted. So, if you're the creative type then this feature will definitely make Infinite Minigolf a worthwhile purchase.
The other content consists of four set tournaments within each environment that can be played on three difficulty settings. You can enjoy local multiplayer for up to eight players as well where you're able to pass the controller so there's no need to own more than one. Finally, you can play online in a variety of competitive and just-for-fun modes.
Unfortunately, once you play Infinite Minigolf for a little while, it all starts to get rather repetitive. After playing similar scenarios over and over again, the basic core gameplay just doesn't feel fleshed out enough to maintain the fun factor for longer than an hour or two. It's still a fun game to occasionally pick up and play but it's not the sort of experience that you'll find yourself immersed in for hours at a time. Another contributing factor to this is the lack of replay incentives. As far as I can see, the only reason for levelling up your rank and acquiring money is so you can purchase more clothes and such for your avatar. Considering you don't even see them much, it's hard to be compelled to try and unlock more stuff. I wish there were more non-superficial features to acquire.
Infinite Minigolf is an entertaining and easy to pick up and play arcade-like experience that's mostly driven by user-created content. It may be enjoyable for a little while but the amount of fun to be had is far from infinite.
- + Simple gameplay that's easy to understand
- + Three delightful environments that look awesome (especially with PlayStation VR)
- + It's fun to create and share holes
- - Gameplay gets repetitive quite early on
- - Although you can make your own characters, they all look way too similar
- - Lack of replay incentives