Percentile Rank

Golf Story is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 43 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Sep 28, 2017

Mario Golf and Earthbound combine for one of the most delightful games you'll find on Nintendo's Switch.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 4, 2017

I can't stop thinking about this little indie sports RPG – and it deserves the attention.

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GameXplain
Liked
Liked
Oct 10, 2017
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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 18, 2017

The dry Aussi-ness of Golf Story wins through. I still can’t quite tell if the developers secretly hate golf and the whole thing is a big piss take. Either way, it comes across as well-meaning and tongue-in-cheek. I even chuckled a few times at the charming innocence of this world where everyone loves golf and all the world’s problems can be solved with a handful of balls and a good swing. Wouldn’t it be nice?

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Scored Reviews

COGconnected
92 / 100
92 / 100
Oct 6, 2017

While the Nintendo Switch has some absolutely wonderful games releasing in its first year, Golf Story is right up there with the best of them

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Expansive
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 29, 2017

Golf Story is one of my favourite games in 2017

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2017

Lives up to its name, succeeding both as a riveting golf experience and a narrative that sinks its hooks into you

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FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 2, 2017

I'm struggling to find something I really didn't enjoy about Golf Story. It feels fantastic on my Switch and is the kind of game I could play for hours on a train journey (battery withstanding). I'm delighted it's as good as I was hoping it would be, it's probably exceeded my expectations.

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ZEFGame.ru
9 / 10.0
ZEFGame.ru
Frostengine
9 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

Golf Story was interesting mix of genres where this mix really manages to work, despite the simplicity of artistic performance, the game has deep RPG component, which by all means want to love, and open world does not want to leave, because of his liveliness and fierce barrage of warmth.

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The Game Fanatics
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

With really no downsides, Golf Story is exactly what the Switch needs right now—a smart, lovable, and addicting game that fits the console mission perfectly.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

Even though Golf Story isn't quite what I expected it would be, it is an absolute delight. It's more than just a golf game with RPG mechanics, but it's not quite a full RPG with golf mechanics either. It lies in a sweet spot in the middle, where people who care about one but not the other can still get into it.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 30, 2017

All told, Golf Story is a surprisingly gripping game, hooking you with fantastic gameplay, loads of content, and a well-written script. This is one that'll have you coming back for many hours in the story mode alone, and the multiplayer does a good job of expanding on this with even more replayability. We would highly recommend Golf Story to anyone looking for something a little different. There's a whole lot to love here, and if you're a fan of RPGs or golf games, this is a must buy.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 10, 2017

Just like Stardew Valley filled a void in the hearts of those missing Harvest Moon, Golf Story does what Nintendon't by delivering a highly competent take on the Mario Golf RPG formula – an offshoot of a franchise that has gone missing for well over a decade. Golf Story likely wouldn't have existed without looking to gaming's past for inspiration but that hardly makes it a knockoff. It excels in every way you'd hope a game in this niche but fascinating genre would.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
PS4Blog.net
the_nmac
9 / 10
Jul 29, 2018

It took me about 20 hours to complete the game, and boy was it worth it! The game has a fun story with great characters which will make you laugh and connect with them. The golf mechanics, aside from putting, were great, and the game is packed to the brim with lots of content and extra things to do. This game is an easy one to recommend to fellow Nintendo Switch owners since it's one of the must-have

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GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 4, 2017

Golf Story is confident, smooth, and its lighter than light approach to everything from art to humor to play is perfectly matched with the Switch's play anytime, anywhere form factor. Forget the agony and ecstasy of real golf. This is a really good time.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.8 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
David Burdette
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2017

Buy Golf Story. Seriously! You will not regret one cent. I have fallen in love with the design, world and story. If you want one of the best indie games of the year for your Nintendo Switch, Golf Story is a hole in one!

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RPG Fan
88%
88%
Nov 2, 2017

Golf Story is well worth the addition to every Switch owner's library. Its zany cast, easy-to-grasp gameplay, and wonderful art design make for an incredibly rewarding experience.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

Golf Story is like Stardew Valley and Caddyshack had a baby. And that baby is the best baby, you guys. It’s out now on the Switch eshop, and there’s no wonder it’s currently sitting atop the best sellers. One can only hope we get a Badminton Story, a Croquet Story, and perhaps a Water Polo Story next. Let’s keep this thing going.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

Golf Story is another must play Switch exclusive for more than just golf or RPG fans.

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Player.One
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

Golf Story is a fun, charming game and a must-play for the Switch. Featuring a 15+ hour main story and the ability to quickly set up a match with a friend, there's plenty of gaming goodness to be had. If you're looking for a fun game with a big heart, Golf Story is a hole-in-one.

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GameZone
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

Its easy to understand, and not-so-difficult to master golf mechanics ensure that even players who don't particularly enjoy golf, like myself, will still find it enjoyable in this game.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

Sidebar Games brings Nintendo Switch users a great RPG adventure camouflaged in a golf game.

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Nindie Spotlight
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

Overall I’m not trying to be negative about Golf Story so much as trying to clearly point out for people where the stumbling blocks are so they can see them coming and not let their high expectations get the best of them. This is an excellent golfing RPG with much more working in its favor than against it. It is full of humor, strange and quirky missions, and a lot of above-average though not perfect golf. When it is at its best it is an absolute joy to play but unfortunately when those moments fade it can make you reflect a little more on the moments where it begins to feel more ordinary. I would gladly recommend it to anyone who enjoys great games, enthusiastically if they enjoy classic 3-click golf. Just it is also important not to come into the game expecting a revolution, perhaps we can hope for it to get to that level in a sequel.

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Digiato
82 / 100
82 / 100
Dec 4, 2017

Truth to be told, It's not like that you need to buy a Nintendo Switch ASAP and play this game, but if you happen to own one, you should buy it ASAP.

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Atomix
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 6, 2017

A very interesting Golf RPG. Crazy mechanics, crazy story and crazy NPCs. A fresh game.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2018

Pleasant, satisfying game in a form of relaxing RPGs. There is something for hardcore golf fans as well as for casuals.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 3, 2018

While the actual RPG elements may initially appear thin at times, the well-delivered and genuinely funny writing is not only one of Golf Story‘s hidden traits, but something that will keep Sidebar's entrant a much talked-about title, even for a console that has already garnered a fair few highlights.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 10, 2017

Fun, diversified, generous and also technical, Golf Story synthesizes two great gameplays to deliver a love story between golf and classic RPGs. With great dialogues and a hardy direction, the game offers a decent amount of courses, even though it may lack some real challenge in the end.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2017

Golf Story is full of character and charm. There's heaps of humour as well as things to do - and the golf isn't half bad either.

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Pause Resume
4 / 5
4 / 5
Oct 4, 2017

Golf Story is a delight to play. It’s an RPG with a unique take, humorous writing and an enjoyable and easy to play philosophy running throughout it. A great addition to any Switch collection – whether you like golf or not.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 21, 2017

Sidebar Game's charming golf RPG hits it out of the park.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 12, 2017

Who would have thought that an RPG adventure based around the slow-paced sport of golf would end up being such a fun one? While Golf Story may not be the best in class in neither the sport nor role-playing genre, the game manages to combine the two into a delightfully unique and charming experience. Another winner for the Switch.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 3, 2017

Golf Story is a good enough golf game in it's own right, but combine that with a great script and RPG mechanics and it's packing more than enough to stand out from the crowd.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 3, 2017

The plot in Golf Story isn't the most gripping or complex, but its world and characters simply ooze with so much charm it's hard not to fall in love with it. Though the gameplay mechanics on show here might not be as deep as you'd want from a proper golf game, Golf Story is still a wonderful delight to play from start to finish, and it's a gem of an RPG that Switch owners shouldn't skip out on.

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IGN Italy
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

A golf game with an interesting story and some good variations that keep changing the classic formula.

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IGN
7.5 / 10.0
Tom Marks

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

Golf Story's clever writing and sound golf fundamentals keep it entertaining, even through some stale moments. Despite its light-hearted RPG structure, there's a challenging and very real golf game here that's worth coming back to even after the story is over. But it left me wishing that more of the campaign focused on the golf itself, and less on the often repetitive side tasks.

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NintendoWorldReport
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

Golf Story doesn't totally live up to the legacy of those Mario sports RPGs, but it does a very good job at touching on those classics and putting its own spin on the genre. A few nagging issues might draw down the experience, but the golfing is fun enough to work in tandem with a wacky story and world to make a genuinely enjoyable adventure on Switch.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 23, 2017

Even if Golf Story does not manage to make it big, it doesn't fall flat on its face either. It may lack variety and be too long with a plot that doesn't quite captivate but Golf Story still gets it right when it comes to content, challenges, secrets and minigames, while its multiplayer is a pleasant surprise. It may not hit a birdie but it reaches a par.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 20, 2017

Golf Story is overall a fun adventure, but some difficulties make this game just miss a hole in one.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

A fantastically charming mix of golf sim and role-playing game, that smooths over its rough edges with its irreverent humour and wild imagination.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

Fun, quaint and a bit buggy, Golf Story is a lovely but flawed distraction.

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GamingTrend
65 / 100
65 / 100
Oct 16, 2017

Golf Story is held back by a number of mechanics, some of which are not very fleshed out or enjoyable, the occasional glitch, and lots of quests which require skill and control of the game's often shaky mechanics. The story is entertaining enough, but the real charm of this game is the hilarity of its characters characters and dialogue. This really is a must have for any fan of golf games, but as an RPG fan, I thought this indie title only came in at par.

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CDavis_Games
Jun 24, 2018

Golf Story has so much charm that I feel guilty for being bored. Likewise, I feel a touch guilty for writing this critical review. However, while the dialogue was witty enough to keep me going until completion, it wasn't enough to drag Golf Story out of mediocrity.

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