Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. 85
    Don't let this game's boring name or boring content fool you. This is one of the best golf games out there.
  2. Some work needed to be done in fleshing out certain game modes and features for it to really stand out as a top DS title, but what’s here is great, long-lasting fun nonetheless.
  3. It's not big or boisterous, the characters don't squeak at you in comedy accents and you don't get to unlock Bowser or anything (at least I should hope not), and that's what high-end golf is often like: quietly dignified, a sport of concentration. The occasional lucky chip-in is satisfying, but the real pleasure comes from getting it right because you thought about it.
  4. 80
    Surprisingly solid and well developed, even if it lacks a huge assortment of features and won't exactly win a beauty pageant with its visual appeal. True Swing Golf's real value is in its tight use of the touch screen to pull off a great playing game of golf.
  5. At times the game seems almost too easy, but you do have to concentrate and often employ strategy to score birdies consistently. [Mar 2006, p.86]
  6. While more serious in tone than say, Mario Golf, TS isn’t quite a simulation (really, do you normally play golf with a stylus?), but True Swing's interesting controls bring gamers closer to the greens than any other handheld golf title.
  7. True Swing Golf’s brilliance is in its simplicity almost anyone even non gamers will enjoy. [JPN Import]
  8. True Swing Golf may not have the visuals or sound to wow the average gamer, but it makes some definite headway in the gameplay and multiplayer department.
  9. True Swing Golf easily outdoes Tiger Woods in the entertainment department, even if it doesn't host the excitement that the PGA can bring.
  10. 75
    The question here, though, is does this work effectively? Does the touch-screen manage to emulate the sport of golf to a degree that is realistic and workable? Yes, it does.
  11. I would pick True Swing Golf over Tiger just due to it’s innovative stylus swinging system.
  12. When the most exciting thing you can buy (aside from slicker clubs) is a new pair of slacks, you know you're playing no-frills golf. [Mar 2006, p.112]
  13. This arcade-style golf title gets the gameplay down to a 'tee', but lacks the much-needed colorful characters and online play, which would have made it a must-buy DS title.
  14. Numerous (but lackluster) courses and a local wireless multiplayer option give the game some legs, but there's not much beyond the enjoyable swing mechanic that really impresses. [Feb 2006, p.111]
  15. An element that remains inconsistent is the computer-controlled AI which can fluctuate between incompetent to god-life over the course of a single round.
  16. 70
    It may not be the flashiest or most technically astute, but it's entertaining, well-suited for portable gaming -- something the competition still hasn't been able to figure out.
  17. 70
    The top screen is completely cosmetic and, in actuality, you'll more than likely have your eyes trained on the bottom screen the majority of the time.
  18. 70
    Perhaps True Swing's biggest problem, however, is its complete and utter lack of personality.
  19. More like a tech demo of how the touch screen could be used to play golf, rather than a completely fleshed out experience in its own right.
  20. True Swing Golf DS has a great control scheme... and nothing else to recommend it.
  21. Despite its innovative touch screen swing concept, True Swing Golf simply doesn’t deliver. There isn’t enough customization, gameplay variety, or fun to be found.
  22. It’s hard to recommend True Swing except to the hardest of hardcore golf fans that simply must own every variation of the game possible, or to players very new to the realm of digital golf that likely won’t be put off by either its lack of standard features or it’s painfully easy shot execution.
  23. You can hack your way through nine holes in one bus ride, thanks to fast animations. And, let's face it, if you're a big-time golfer there are not many DS options. Just don't expect much strategy or finesse or beauty.
  24. Even if the touch-screen controls hadn't stripped away much of the subtlety of the sport, True Swing Golf would still be a lean and flavorless game of golf.
  25. The inaccuracy of the swing and shot placement turns into a severe handicap for the game. True Swing Golf is passively entertaining, but won't suck anyone in as quickly or for as long as "Hot Shots" is able to.
  26. At first it seems too easy to post sub-par scores, but once the more difficult courses are unlocked - along with stiffer winds, constantly undulating topography and tight fairways - the game is a more satisfying and enjoyable challenge.
  27. 60
    It's a about as monotonous as watching actual golf on TV.
  28. Even if I did whiff a time or two while familiarizing myself with the stylus, overall I found this game much easier than true golfing. It wasn't long before I was firing pars and birdies with relative ease.
  29. True Swing Golf's attempt to revolutionize video golf swings and misses thanks to its oversimplified control, marginal delivery and uninspired play modes, so we recommend saving your cash for a cleaner, harder course.
  30. Like a mini-game disguised as a real game. It's very generic in terms of gameplay and graphics and despite the poor inclusion of the touch screen controls and dual screen, the handheld novelty of the game doesn't add any "wow" factor either.
  31. 40
    From the bland characters and bland graphics to the underdeveloped control system to the weak upgrades, there isn’t much to this game.
  32. If golf was indeed dull, as many non-fans wrongly suspect, True Swing Golf would be the perfect golf game. [Apr 2006, p.90]

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