Everybody with an Oculus Quest 2 must play Walkabout Mini Golf
Some VR titles promise the world and deliver pittance, others promise you an easy round of mini golf and give you one of the best experiences in the Oculus Quest Store.
Walkabout Mini Golf doesn’t look like much on its humble store page, but the lifelike gameplay, expertly crafted holes, and varied level design culminate in a truly fantastic experience – it’s one of the best Oculus Quest 2 games, and anyone with a VR -Headset needs to play.
As the name suggests, Walkabout Mini Golf is a mini golf simulator; Armed with a putter, players will tackle 18-hole courses in eight different levels (plus additional DLC courses). You first visit an abandoned pirate bay, but can later venture into space and brave a spooky cemetery course.
However, this isn’t a wild action-adventure title – you don’t have to worry about battling your way through hordes of undead or battling aliens. Walkabout Mini Golf offers a much more relaxed game session with encouragement to explore the levels and complete the course at a pace that suits you.
And your exploration will not only allow you to appreciate the beauty of each place you play golf, but you’ll also be able to uncover hidden secrets and collectibles.
Each regular level hides 18 unique lost balls that you can find and add to your collection – one per hole – while the tough levels present you with an addicting multi-level treasure hunt that unlocks a unique golf club.
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But while these striking locations and hidden secrets make for tons of fun, the realistic golf gameplay is what really makes Walkabout Mini Golf VR so spectacular.
It doesn’t matter how you play mini golf – be it with light, precise strokes in the right direction or with a sweeping swing and shouting “VOR!”. – Your style of play will be perfectly translated into this virtual space.
This realism not only immerses you in this virtual experience, it also makes the game feel fair; The only thing stopping you from this hole-in-one is your own skill, rather than tricky controls.
If you really want to put your putting skills to the test, then unlock and play the hard version of each course. Each hole has been designed with additional obstacles to navigate and the nighttime setting of these courses gives them a more annoying feel that will test your golfing skills.
However, the game is not entirely perfect. Walkabout Mini Golf is somewhat disappointed by the lack of a dedicated pass and play mode for local multiplayer – however, Mighty Coconut has announced that this feature will be available soon.
For now, you’ll have to be content with playing online via multiple headsets or – as a workaround – the developer suggests playing each hole in practice mode and manually recording your results if you want to play with just one.
However, this is an admittedly minor flaw compared to the excellent qualities that Walkabout Mini Golf exudes. Whether you’ve been a long time VR gamer or just got your Oculus Quest 2 out of the box, you’ve got to play Walkabout mini golf – you won’t regret it.