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Review Lonely One : Hole-in-one
One of the best arcade golf games
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 11 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Really unique graphics, fun gameplay, short and sweet
Levels can be too similar
There aren’t many golf games that can really capture my attention in the same way that the Lonely One for Android has been able to do consistently. I’m not sure if it’s the game’s minimalist but beautiful art or the gameplay that leaves me wanting to play just one more hole.
The game is very relaxing to play, and for an arcade game I find that to be a really rare trait. Typically I get increasingly more frustrated with endless arcade games because they never really get any easier or less complicated. That might seem like a cop out, but most games tend to find a good balance of difficulty once a player gets a hang of the game’s mechanics. Not arcade games, though.
Objectively speaking, this game plays like a round of mini gold except that you’ve only got three shots to sink the ball in for your entire run. This is more of a godsend than anything else, though. It’s part of what makes this game a lot more fun than frustrating.
Levels seem to be handcrafted as I’ve seen many of the same levels multiple times. I’ve also seen levels reused by placing the holes in different places, which I think is a little cheap, but I’m also not sure how many levels there are to play through. Regardless, it’s a bit of a let down to see so many levels used over and over again in such a small amount of time.
Even with the limited levels, I still had a lot of fun with this game. I think it gives regular players a great chance to play the game while being relatively stress free, and it offers more advanced players a lot of ways to up their game by trying to score hole-in-ones.