Sinclair User22nd August 1987
Published in Sinclair User #68
Nick Faldo Plays The Open
What would you do if you had a golf game called Nick Faldo Plays The Open and Nick Faldo had just won the open? That's right you'd re-release it. And that's just what Bug Byte has done putting Nick Faldo Plays The Open out at a budget price. Opportunism, sure, but it so happens that NFPTO is one of the better golf games. It ain't Leaderboard, but it ain't bad either.
The game is played over a 900-screen scrolling map based loosely on the Sandwich course. Ifs this detail plus the nice icon graphic system illustrating golfer and (sometimes abusive) caddie that makes the game. Easy to understand, nice to look at and as difficult as you want.
Criticism? Only one - when it comes to putting there is no close-up of the green around the flag and the scaling therefore makes it at least partly a matter of luck whether you finally hole the ball. Never mind. It was good at £6 or so. At £2.99 it's an absolute steal.
Excellent golf simulation, spoilt slightly by no 'close-up' of the flag section. Great value on budget.