There's Crazy Golf and then there's Wonderputt. One connected course of 18 holes, and a series of beautifully-animated, wildly imaginative sporting puzzles. What seems at first glance like one simple journey to the top of this strange course soon becomes an unpredictable chain of transforming landscapes (such as a field cows being abducted by aliens to clear the path to the holes) and sudden jumps to new worlds (such as the inside of a deconstructed missile). It's wonderful to look at and largely a joy to play, although occasionally it's tricky to get the precision required for delicate shots. See all Apps reviews.

Wonderputt for iPad review

Of course, the meat of the game lies in self-betterment. The first time around you'll be marvelling at the oft-changing, architect's drawing-like look, but thereon in you'll be trying to beat your score. It's Crazy Golf played against yourself, and the simple drag-to-whack controls still manage to offer opportunity for some neat trick shots. See Best iPhone and Android apps.

Wonderputt review

It's a bit of a one-trick pony, perhaps, but what a trick. It takes the tedium and the posturing out of golf, turning it into a thing of delight and surprise - a not a sun-faded plastic windmill in sight. Take a look at Group test: what are the best iPhone apps?

Wonderputt for iPad: Specs

  • Size: 20.5 MB
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
  • Size: 20.5 MB
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

OUR VERDICT

Deft, beautiful and reliably surprising, the artfully surreal Wonderputt is golf for people who don't like golf - and maybe the people who do too.

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