Sinclair User7th November 1988
Published in Sinclair User #83
I always thought that there could be nothing more boring than a golf simulation (unless it's a cricket simulation), but Leaderboard changed my mind. This budget re-release should alter your attitude to the sport of... er, golf players.
The 3D perspective graphics are spectacularly good, and appear surprisingly fast for the Spectrum. OK, colours are limited to green grass and blue water, but what more do you need? There's a considerable amount of skill involved in choosing the correct club, timing your swing with one eye on the power meter, and allowing for the crosswind ho animation of the flying ball is really smooth, and overall the sense of realism is intense.
Up to four players can compete, and there are three available skill levels. You can play from 18 to 72 holes, and once your get onto the green you get a different display for the final putt to the hole.
The computer keeps score and takes account of such disasters as balls falling the water (oo-er). In fact, the only disappointment about the game is the lack of a computer opponent. Still, an ideal multi-player game which will get under your skin.
Label: Kixx Author: US Gold Price: £2.99 Memory: 48K/128K Joystick: various Reviewer: Chris Jenkins
The best simulation on the market, well worth a look even if you don't like golf.