Before the long-running Links series, Access Software produced the Leader Board lineage, which concludes here. Wind, snap and power are the main considerations as players dodge the bunkers, water and rough, which make for more complex courses than the 8-bit versions of the original.
A course editor is included. The courses provided include real locations like St. Andrews and fictional designs such as The Gauntlet, which, as the name suggests, is designed to push the player's skills to the maximum.
The PC version utilizes the PC speaker to reproduce voice samples via the company's patented RealSound process. Quips like "No doubt about it, he's deep in the sandtrap", "Straight onto the fairway", and "Looks like he hit the tree, Jim" are used to provide running commentary on the gameplay.
Golf is a prestige sport. It requires skills, patience, practice, a full wallet, etc. Fortunately you don't need a full wallet to play this computerized version.
World Class Leader Board is one of my favorite golf games (in fact it's the only computerized golf game I really enjoyed). You can play by yourself, or invite up to three friends to join you. There are also three difficulty levels you can choose from. The easiest one simply requires you to aim and shoot (you only need to take care of the power you put in the shot). But if you set it more difficult then the wind conditions and the 'snap' will also affect the game.
The game features nature sounds, so you'll really have a feeling you're out on a peaceful field (so don't start swearing if you miss, that will spoil the tranquility). The graphics are also very nice and make me (and hopefully will also make you) fell in touch with nature.
The controls are simple. You select the club by pressing up/down. You move the pointer left/right to aim. Finally you use space and release it, when the gauge shows the approximate strength you think needed for the shot. Depending on the level you also need to press space in order to get the wanted amount of 'snap'. There's also the voice of the commentator, who may make some remarks upon your shot.
When you're close enough to the hole you can't select the club anymore (you're using a putter anyway). Here the gauge will change also, simply showing the amount of strength (remember - each nudge is equivalent to 10 feet of distance). If you get a close miss you'll hear the crowd sympathizing with you, and if you don't miss you'll be applauded.
After every hole you'll see the leader board, showing the standings. Weather alone, or playing against friends, you'll really want to achieve the best possible score. This game is highly recommended to all the people that simply need to relax and forget about the stress in their everyday life. Enjoy it.
CGA golf game. Very old vector based golf game. The game was originally made for the Commodore 64. Furthermore the game works with some wind where you have to deal with. You can choose some clubs and swing the ball across the field.
Although a fairly primitive golf simulation, World Class Leader Board is notable as the true precursor of Access Software breakthrough Links golf series. Among its long list of innovations, the game uses RealSound to play voice samples through the PC speaker, similar to Access' Mean Streets. Here is more detailed description from MobyGames:
"Access, creators of the long-running Links series of realistic golf games, made their first golf game on the Commodore 64 (later ported to the PC). The PC version revolutionized the use of the PC speaker to reproduce voice samples via their patented "RealSound" process. Quips like "No doubt about it, he's deep in the sandtrap", "Straight onto the fairway", and "Looks like he hit the tree, Jim." are used to provide running commentary on the gameplay. WCLB is a fairly simplistic simulation of golf, with wind, snap and power being your main [only] factors to contend with, but is still a good way to get started.
A course editor is provided. The courses range from real, like St. Andrews, to fictional, like The Gauntlet (designed to push your skills to the maximum)." Although the game doesn't stand up as well as Accolade's Jack Nicklaus series, it still provides a lot of challenging fun -- and real nostalgia for Links fans.
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