Percentile Rank

WHAT THE GOLF? is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 38 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

97%

Critics Recommend

Based on 38 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Player2.net.au
B+
B+
May 28, 2020

Endlessly creative and never one to outstay its welcome, What the Golf? will have you grinning as you move from putt to putt on an exploration of just how many different variations of thing-meets-objective can be put before you.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 9, 2019

Over its five hours or so, the game yields amusement, challenge and charm. It’s highly recommended, even if you despise the game of golf. Maybe especially if you despise the game of golf.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
May 21, 2020

An already near-perfect game has been made slightly better due to the hardware it’s on, making this the definitive version of the game.

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Scored Reviews

Gaming Fyx
Oct 7, 2019

WHAT THE GOLF? is a hilarious puzzle game that will leave you delighted and make you realize that golf, in its current state, sucks. The PGA should be getting in touch with the developers of Triband because they’ve created a fresh approach to golf that will revolutionize the sport, and then the world. If that doesn’t happen, the game will at least bring joy to everyone who plays it.

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Saving Content
Oct 22, 2020

WHAT THE GOLF? is both a delight and a consistently entertaining game as you work to solve its puzzles. It’s never frustrating, never overstaying its welcome, and always making you laugh. It’s full of fresh ideas with every hole, and the new modes make a great game even better. If you’ve been holding off on this, now’s the perfect time to jump in, and there’s multiple ways to get it now. WHAT THE GOLF? reminds you why you love gaming.

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 20, 2020

It’s one of the most creative, hilarious and unique games you’ll find. A mix of puzzle solving, arcade fun and downright zany concepts, it’s pure entertainment at its finest.

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Hobby Consolas
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 22, 2020

A wonderful surprise for all of us that keep searching original games, different and pure fun. Half physic puzzle, half arcade that uses golf as pretext to take our hand a give us a walk by a joyful collection of crazy minigames and levels where everything it's possible, with a control that always work, simple and fun. More fun than actual golf.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 19, 2020

What the Golf? is a sterling effort for Switch that has clearly had enormous amounts of love poured into it. Its aesthetic is a little bit indie-by-numbers but there's so much to see and do here that'll have you (and a friend) laughing out loud. It may not be the most difficult game in the world, but it's damn good fun, even if you don't like golf. Especially if you don't like golf, in fact.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 22, 2020

What the Golf ? is a clever, brilliant, crazy and oh-so funny game. Willing to break any rule there is to get a good pun, Triband's first major game is a must-play, thanks to its constant fun and will of going too far for its own good. One of the funniest, and best game of 2020 on Switch, and a perfect hole in one.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 26, 2020

What The Golf? was a highlight of Apple Arcade’s launch lineup but it feels right at home on Switch. It’s a joyous mix of simple gameplay, hilarious situations and ingenious design, made even better by the inclusion of the riotous Party Mode.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 13, 2020

What the Golf? could be a misleading title...or maybe not - it does not suggest a serious golf simulation after all. This hilarious and creative game takes an entirely different approach to the sport of golf, to the point of throwing away nearly everything about the sport and turning it into an addictive game that is simple and can also get absolutely infernal at times. A game that deserves an enthusiastic welcoming to the Nintendo Switch catalogue.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 21, 2020

The 2019 anti-golf golf game is better than ever on Nintendo Switch.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 17, 2020

What the Golf? is an addictive physics-based puzzler, packed full of courses that are completely different and challenging from the last, with tons of surprises to boot.

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 11, 2019

What the Golf is easily the dumbest game you’re going to play all year, and I say that with all the love in the world.

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FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 18, 2020

There’s a glorious amount of fun to be had with What The Golf? and I’m delighted it’s finally on Switch, in particular. It’s a perfect blend of game and console, something I’ve said in various Switch reviews beforehand. When a game lands on Switch and feels completely at home, it’s well worth investing in.

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VGChartz
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 21, 2020

Amidst all of the puns, cheeky humor, and just plain silliness there's an immense amount of respect and passion shining through for the medium that it satirizes so well.

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Use a Potion
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 18, 2020

What the Golf is a brilliantly silly take on the sport of golf, with its ingeniously chaotic level design and countless nods to other video games making for one hell of a good time. Of course, those looking for a serious golfing sim will probably want to steer clear, but players that are itching for a creative and outrageously fun experience on their Nintendo Switch will DEFINITELY want to give What the Golf a whirl.

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Kakuchopurei
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 4, 2019

What The Golf? is a funny, challenging, and inventive take on an old-timer sport that relishes in its insanity.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2019

It's not golf, and it's all the better for it. A fun 7-8 hours that will entertain, much like a golf-themed WarioWare.

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PC Gamer
88 / 100
PC Gamer

Top Critic

88 / 100
Oct 2, 2019

A humorous and surprising puzzle game about golf and not-golf.

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COGconnected
87 / 100
87 / 100
Oct 13, 2019

I went into What the Golf? expecting a fairly straightforward golf game with a few silly surprises, but it’s so much more than that. Even if its simplistic nature sometimes acts as a double-edged sword, What the Golf? is a devilishly charming experience full of good humor and imaginative gameplay wrapped up in a thoughtful and endearing package. It may be made by people who know nothing about golf, but they sure know how to make a fun video game.

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The Games Machine
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Jun 2, 2020

It's hard to say if What the Golf? is crazier or funnier. This game made by five guys from Denmark rebuild the concept of golf using cows, furniture and gravity in a bunch of mini-levels that never stop to amaze. I really can't remember a game leaving me in awe every 15 seconds, only thanks of the lovable absurdity of the ideas it introduces.

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IGN Italy
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

What the golf? is probably the funniest game of 2019. The concept of transforming everything in golf is amazing and the game mechanics are simple, fresh and entertaining. Fun, lighthearted and addictive, it's perfect for quick runs, coffee break and nights of relaxed gameplay.

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
Spaziogames
Stefania Tahva Sperandio

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2020

This game is brilliant, smart and pure fun - a perfect match for Nintendo Switch.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 19, 2020

The overworld is a bit tedious to fully explore and the button controls aren't as perfected as the touch controls, but still I think you cannot go wrong with this game. WHAT THE GOLF? is a perfect blend of comedy, fun and video games that had me smiling from ear to ear the entire way through. It's great FORE the HOLE family!.

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Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 19, 2020

While it claims to be "The golf game for people who hate golf!", I think it sells itself short. I don't hate golf, but I still really like this funny game. WHAT THE GOLF? has a "one more round" thing going for it, coupled with a favorable amount of content, especially for completionists.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 18, 2020

The world's least realistic golf game is a tour de force in manic invention that values variety, invention, and surrealist humour above all.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 11, 2019

What The Golf has created an absurd, hilarious, bite-sized experience that is always golf-adjacent and brilliant for it. The jokes and levels are a whirlwind of zany ideas, but the quick pacing and brief runtime of the game keep them from falling flat or getting tiresome. Despite an overworld that can feel a little repetitive, What The Golf? is full of hearty laughs and addictive gameplay that made me never want to stop playing.

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 3, 2019

A simple game premise turned chaotically good fun. The variety in the ways you get your golf ball (or car, or barrel, or egg, or...) to the goal will always keep you on your toes. This might not be a game that you're going to spend your next 80 gaming hours with, but it will be a great game to binge over a day or so.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 24, 2019

What the Golf is the ultimate parody of the titular sport by boiling it down to its fundamentals and constantly upending the player's expectations to create a humorous and memorable game.

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GameSkinny
Nov 6, 2019

Control issues can get irritating at times, and navigating the overworld isn't perfect, but these are merely a few dented clubs in a bag full of solid iron drivers.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 13, 2020

This is the Bill Bailey of golf games. An insane, surrealist experience that throws so much at the wall - often literally - that a lot of it sticks. It's inclusive, and enjoyable, to the point that anyone in the family can pick it up and play, while still managing to offer up a real challenge in later stages and on the online modes. Fun, funny, replayable, and certifiable. While this may not be everyone's cup of "Tee," no ifs, no putts, this is one you won't fore-get soon.

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Video Chums
Jun 5, 2020

If you enjoy quirky indie games as much as I do then you'll have an absolute blast while mastering every zany level in What the Golf.

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Daily Star
Oct 13, 2019

What The Golf is a hilarious, addicting golf game that unravels the sport into clever puzzles and intrigue.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

I really enjoyed playing this quirky, parody golf game wherefrom level to level you don’t know what the hell you’re going to be golfing. From swinging toasters to tv’s, to controlling missiles across the crazy courses to seeing games like Portal, Guitar Hero & Mario being incorporated into the game is a very very brilliant touch. Massive thumbs up to Triband for this. You don’t have to be a golf fanatic or someone into sports to enjoy this game. If you have a good sense of humour and like a laugh, then this is a MUST buy. There were many times I was shocked (in a good way) with what I was having to fling across the course, and this made me all that more excited for what was coming around the corner. I couldn’t recommend What the Golf anymore!!! I am awarding What the Golf a Thumb Culture Gold Award!

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GameSpace
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Jun 2, 2020

What The Golf is an enjoyable, imaginative, sometimes satirical take on Golf. Labeled as the game for those that hate golf, most levels keep with the same underlying concept of golf, but you never truly know what you'll end up doing until you're in the thick of it. With plenty of replayability options, including multiplayer, What The Golf is a sweet little diversion that would be suitable to play with the whole family.

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SECTOR.sk
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2019

Crazy but funny golf with unusual gameplay and a lot of fun.

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Digitally Downloaded
May 15, 2020

What The Golf? is by no means a bad game - it's actually highly entertaining - but while the developers have done everything that they can with it, at some point hitting anything but a golf ball around a golf course loses its lustre as a joke.

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