Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. I have to say that for all the minor bad points, and they are minor, I am really enjoying this title and EA has turned out a well presented game which will keep you amused for hours on end.
  2. It rather depends on your view of golf but, with a cracking system and great use of the touch-screen capabilities, we were dead chuffed with this game. If you fancy a bit of golf on your DS you really can't go wrong. [NGC Pocket]
  3. By far the best handheld golf game to date. [Feb 2005, p.115]
  4. EA really took advantage of the touch screen.
  5. The Legend Tour is limiting, and there isn’t really a challenge system like other Tiger games out there. Also there is a lack of information given to the player, which often keeps you guessing.
  6. Tiger Woods takes good advantage of the capabilities of the DS, and it's easily the most technically accomplished handheld golf game to date.
  7. The concepts behind Tiger Woods DS are solid, and the controls follow the goal of innovative new ways to play games. Unfortunately, the controls that EA shoves at you are so inconsistent that the gameplay is greatly hampered.
  8. There’s a huge amount of content featured within the game with a wide variety of famous courses and licensed pros to compete against.
  9. Despite some putting issues that can be worked around and the fact that the “spin” system just doesn’t seem to work 90% of the time, the game holds up well and provides an involving experience that suits the system down to the ground.
  10. The portable gameplay experience is rewarding and the application of the stylus based control system is pure genius, but despite its merits, it suffers under weight of the first to market glitches and the obvious comparison to existing titles like "Mario Golf: Advance Tour."
  11. Too bad they couldn’t clean up the putting engine and put some more thought into the touch pad sensitivity.
  12. Excuse another bad pun but the touch swing is touchy. You could make the exact same swing from the tee several times and the ball will take a different direction every time. It is not terrible, but you will have to take time to master this area.
  13. Some people will absolutely love what this game has to offer, but for the most part I think gamers will be more frustrated then thrilled.
  14. 7 / 6 / 6 / 7 - 26 [Vol 845]
  15. In the end, it's a golf game fundamentally redesigned to its detriment, shorn of many of the little things that made up the rest of its appeal, and now merely flawed but enjoyable.
  16. 60
    The attempt to offer a unique touch-screen swing mechanic is definitely respectable, but the first-time solution doesn't work nearly as well or offer as much control as it could have.
  17. 55
    The whole touch-screen system needs to be reviewed, as there are plenty of better ideas out there that just aren’t being used in a lot of the third party Nintendo DS games.
  18. 45
    A far cry from the quality we've come to expect from the series over the years.
  19. Like a pizza covered in chocolate, this game's touch screen swing is appealing for about half a second before you swear it off forever. [Feb 2005, p.125]
  20. 40
    In the end, however, the whole effort seems to fall flat, lacking any kind of ambition and yet acting rather stubbornly on the little inventiveness it does have.
  21. EA tries to innovate with their first DS golf game, the end result is double bogey with a penalty shot. [Spring 2005, p.63]
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Kitchen
    Aug 28, 2007
    10
    The most fun I've ever had playing a handheld game. Graphics are par (like the golf term... eh?) but the gameplay makes up for it ten fold. Also, it's challenging, but not impossible, which makes it worth the money. Full Review »
  2. BerryN.
    Mar 13, 2005
    9
    The touch swing is fantastic, the graphics are OK but the game is most definitely fun. My pick for the best sports game on DS.
  3. TimL.
    Mar 3, 2005
    3
    I enjoyed the game until I made it to the professional level. For some reason, EASports decided that it would be more fun if you couldn't win, and the whole thing became a game of frustration. To make sure you don't win, they give one of your opponents a -6 on the first hole, with a par of 5!! What a shame because up until that point it was incredible. Full Review »