Tiger Woods 12 PGA Tour for iPad2 HD Edition
Sean W. Gibson / Sep 26th, 2011 No Comments
Tiger Woods 12 for iPad and iPad 2 in HD offers exciting golf action from this popular franchise on the emerging iOS tablet gaming platform by Apple. The game offers multiple game modes, including Play Now, that allows you to play with up to three of your friends on the many golf courses included in the game. In addition, there’s the new Closest to the Pin challenge which integrates with FaceBook. Of course, you also have the ability to compete in the game on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 for iPad and iPad2 is a great sports game to play that offers up fun gameplay and plenty of longevity.
There are plenty of new features in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 for iPad that make this game extremely fun to play. While there is a lot of integration with add-on purchases, you can earn money by simply playing golf or competing in any of the challenges in the game. While the constant nagging to pay some extra money in the App Store to gain in-game cash is annoying (it can be turned off fortunately), for those of you wanting to spend a few bucks to upgrade your golfer or immediately play on the PGA Tour, it’s a nice option. The ability to upgrade your golfer is a pretty cool RPG element for Tiger Woods 12, as players start out with a nice amount cash to get going. You can also unlock “free” in-game cash by accomplishing tasks while playing the “Play Now” option, such as getting $500 for every birdie.The controls of the game work excellent with the touch interface of the iPad 2. Golf is a sports game that works perfectly with the interface of the tablet device and being able to use the means created for this game works out great. The courses in the game are nicely diverse and look really good. There are eight different courses to play on with “HD” level graphics for the iPad, starting with Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, Hazeltine, Doral, Greenbrier, TPC Boston and The Predator. The courses are really diverse and offer their own unique slant on the game. Playing through each never gets repetitive either and if you want to really experience some imaginative holes of golf, then check out The Predator.
The graphics of Tiger Woods 12 on the iPad 2 in “HD” actually look pretty decent. We’re used to the limitations of the graphics of the device, but we’re seeing some games come along like this one that do a nice job of balancing resource with graphics. While you won’t confuse the graphics of this iPad app with your PC or console HD editions, it’s good enough to enjoy the game. You’ll get to create your own golfer and customize him (or her) out, but there’s nothing too amazing here to gush about. The courses though are very nicely designed and you’ll immediately recognize some of golf’s most famous courses when you play through them.The sound of the game is also a nice element of the game. There’s some play-by-play in the game that is well done and doesn’t get too repetitive and all the usual golf sounds are there. When you hit the ball using power-boost you get to see the slo-mo animation and “canon-fire” sound effect which is pretty cool.
In terms of gameplay, the game is extremely deep given the wide number of activities you can partake in. You’ll want to check out the Game Modes to see the Closest to the Pin Challenge, PGA Tour, Tiger Challenge and Multiplayer. The Closest to the Pin Challenge is integrated with FaceBook and allows you to compare yourself to your friends as you try to be the one with the closest strike to the pin. Typically if you win against your friends you’ll get $1000 in virtual Tiger Woods cash. The PGA Tour is where the top players compete on the calendar for trophies and for tournament cash, however, until you get your golfer’s stats to respectability, you really won’t be able to compete here at first. The Tiger Challenge is a wide set of different challenges that have modest buy-ins ($200+ of virtual bucks) that offer prize pools. Some of these challenges are free so you can participate without risking your golf bankroll. Multiplayer allows you to use bluetooth to take on others that have the game, be it on iPad, iPad 2 or even on an iPhone. Finally, the “Play Now” option allows you to take a run through the courses, be it for a random 3 or random 5 or the front or back 9. If you win challenges or accomplish something of note while playing, you’ll earn cash that you use to upgrade your golfer or buy in to the PGA Tour events.
Overall, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 for iPad and iPad 2 is a great sports game that works perfectly with the tablet’s touch-screen interface. The graphics aren’t going to blow you away but are decently done and the gameplay on its own is a heck of a lot of fun. Tiger Woods 12 PGA Tour HD for iPad An absolute solid game and recommended purchase from the App Store.
OVERALL SCORE: 88%
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