iPhone/iPad review of the day: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 - golf on the go with almost no handicap

The real Tiger wishes he was swinging the sticks this well these days

On iPhone
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12
Price: $6.99 / %26pound;3.99
Size: 250 MB
Get it now on iTunes:US/UK

On iPad
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 HD
Price: $9.99 / %26pound;5.99
Size: 253 MB
Get it now on iTunes:US/UK

Tiger may not be winning tournaments these days, but his mobile games are doing just fine, thank you very much. The newest versions, released this week, are rock-solid titles that have us sneaking in a few holes whenever we have a couple of minutes. While we%26rsquo;re bummed that they don%26rsquo;t include The Masters, there%26rsquo;s plenty of fun to be had with what%26rsquo;s here.

The controls are great, and feel a little refined from the original version. Shots are fired with a nifty sliding mechanic that makes it easy to adjust power and direction. It works better on the iPad simply because of the larger available real estate; the smaller iPhone screen can feel a little cramped, which is why it would have been nice to have an alternate 3-tap mechanic for those of us with, um, larger hands.

As with last year, a career mode is the centerpiece, and it takes some work to turn your weak-as-a-kitten player into a real king of the jungle. Addictive Tiger Challenges offer the best path to improvement, giving you cash for better gear when you beat them, and a relatively full PGA calendar awaits when you%26rsquo;re ready to go against the Tour vets.

The two versions are virtually the same, which is probably why the multiplayer works so beautifully between the devices; our iPad vs. iPhone matchups were more fun than we thought they could be. The only downside to competitive play is that you%26rsquo;re forced to watch your opponent%26rsquo;s shot, so you%26rsquo;ll need to settle in for a bit if you%26rsquo;re going to play against a friend for 18 holes.

They%26rsquo;re relatively pricey, but worthwhile investments for dedicated mobile golfers. Now can we get a little Augusta National DLC, please?

Apr 1, 2011

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