3D Ultra is, as you’d expect, a mini golf game. So precise putting is what it’s all about. And as far as the nuts and bolts, the game does a good job. Particularly the fact that it gives you three different ways to control the action – an analog swing, a power bar setup in which you hold the button, then release when the meter hits a certain point, and the classic, three-click swing meter old-schoolers know and love. It’s weird, though, that two of the three require an extra step at the end of your swing to replicate how squarely your putter hits the ball, while the third does so automatically. Still, the controls are decent enough.
The courses aren’t bad, either. You won’t find your standard, low-rent mini golf fare here, where bouncing correctly off a couple of angled two-by-fours is enough to find the cup. No, here you’ll be dealing with exploding barrels that launch your dimpled plaything high into the air; scorpions that move the ball around randomly; and even low-gravity space golf among asteroids and planetoids.