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  • Summary: (Also know as "Touch Golf") Experience the feel and finesse of real golf on beautiful 3D courses with True Swing Golf. In this dual-screened Nintendo DS golf game, using the touch screen and the stylus is almost like swinging a golf club in real life. The longer players slide a stylus across the touch screen, the harder they smack the ball. Players also can curve their swings to slice or fade shots and alter the angle of the club head for sharpshooter-like accuracy. True Swing Golf features multiple game modes, character customization and wireless multiplayer support for up to four players with just one game card. [Nintendo] Expand
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. 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]
  3. True Swing Golf easily outdoes Tiger Woods in the entertainment department, even if it doesn't host the excitement that the PGA can bring.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. NathanielG.
    Jul 5, 2007
    9
    Hands down the best golf game on the DS!
  2. RobP.
    Jun 25, 2006
    9
    I picked up TSG today for $19.99 at Best Buy (I think they have the price so low because they have too much inventory at the one here in town). Definitely buy this game if you can find it this cheap. It's priced around $30-35 at most other places, but for $20 it's a steal. I just played about 40 minutes straight, and it doesn't really get tiring. It can be hard to figure out how far a ball is really going to go based on your movement, but it's fun none the less. You won't have -30 scores like in Tiger Woods, but you can hang around par or -4 or so. Haven't tried the Wi-Fi (don't know anyone around here with a DS). This game really does utilize the touch screen A LOT, unlike several other DS games that hardly use it (Mario Kart for example). Pick it up, it has high replay value and is fun. Who cares if the graphics aren't poor, they can only fit so much on that little game card. Graphics are good enough for me, it's all about the golf, not the scenery. Expand
  3. MountainMan
    Jan 25, 2006
    8
    I picked up True Swing Golf this afternoon, and I've found it to be a rather good game. It's more of a serious golfing simulation than Mario Golf or Hotshots, so you won't find cutesy characters or "magic tricks" like impossible long balls or exaggerated backspin. TSG leaves much of the game up to player skill, which is as it should be. The interface is excellent. It uses the touchscreen almost exclusively and plays very similiarly to the PC version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour (assuming you use mouse-swing). Swinging the club by dragging the stylus down and then up is very intuitive and precise, so when you blow a shot, you can't blame it on the interface. The putting game is a tad easy since a line is drawn from the ball to the hole conveniently taking green slope into account, so it's just a matter of lining it up and hitting the ball straight, and you'll routinely sink putts that would give even Tiger Woods fits. Ball physics seem generally solid, though there is some minor quirkiness on the green. I've had a few instances where the ball stops dead about an inch from the hole then suddenly drops in a second later. Graphics fall into the "acceptable" range. There's just not a lot of visual pizzazz. Things occasioanlly get chunky in the 3D view, and effects during shots--such as sand kicking up in a bunker shot--are virtually non-existent. That said, the animations are smooth as silk, and the game maintains a solid framerate. In the end, the graphics aren't much to look at, but they get the job done. Sound is similiarly low-key, but we're talking a golf game here, so all I really need to hear is a good solid "Whack!" when I hit the ball, and to that end, TSG more than delivers. To quote Han Solo, "She may not look like much, kid, but she's got it where it counts." That's True Swing Golf in a nutshell. Expand
  4. PortableF.
    Apr 4, 2006
    8
    I think sometimes the game reviewers are just leading such a stuck-up life. This game is alot more fun than any other portable golf game I've ever played. It's not THAT easy. I can't the god-like scores I used to get in Tiger Woods, Hot Shots Golf, or Mario Golf. and I put a lot more emphasis on the skill required to hit the ball since I like real golf just as much, and this game does capture the nuances more, like a weird stroke would cause a slice, hook, draw, fade, etc. So screw the reviewers and get the game for yourself. Or wait for a Mario Golf version of it in the future if eye-candy is also your thing. Expand