In ‘No Pay 2 Play’, we review free video games (whether they’re riddled with microtransactions and season passes or not) and then answer the golden question: is it worth adding to your game library?
Created by Aaron Demeter, downloadable from itch.io, and is playable in your browser.
Is it really free?
What’s it all about?
The game that every boy wants (according to the clerk, at least) is now playable on your PC. That’s right, it’s Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge. It’s a reference to an episode of The Simpsons. In ‘Marge Not Be Proud’, Bart is caught stealing a copy of Bonestorm from the store before Christmas. After apologizing and making amends, Marge gets him a copy of Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge (Comic Book Guy had a surprising abundance of copies). Bart feigns his joy, the credits roll, and we see the game in action.
This title is bound to please both Simpsons fans and golf-lovers alike. For starters, you can choose between a 3-wood and a putter. After that, you can enter the force of your swing, with ‘feather touch’ and ‘powerdrive’ being the two options, respectively. Carvallo is polite enough to suggest which are the best choices for the hole in question, which is particularly helpful for inexperienced players and game journalists alike. What really sweetens the deal is the free scoring pencil that comes with the title. What a bargain!
After inputting the three-digit code, Carvallo will make the swing. There’s nothing more emotionally crushing to see your ball fly to the parking lot, but the sheer joy and excitement of seeing the ball plop itself within the hole is incredibly rewarding. You’ll be given the option to play again, which is always a convincing incentive that’ll have you coming back for more.
Don’t be fooled by the host’s cheery demeanour or the casual-look of this title. Deep down, Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge is an adrenaline-filled, rip-roaring title that will keep you coming back for more. Sure, it’s no Bonestorm, but choosing this over the latter is a perfectly cromulent decision.