From its basic shop page, Walkabout Mini Golf doesn’t appear to be much, but the life-like action, superbly designed holes, and varied level design combine to provide a genuinely great experience – it’s one of the best Oculus Quest 2 games, and everyone with a VR headset should play it.
Some VR games offer the world but provide a pittance, while others promise a basic round of mini-golf yet deliver one of the finest Oculus Quest retail experiences.
Walkabout Mini Golf is a mini-golf simulator, as the name suggests; players will use a putter to conquer 18-hole courses on eight distinct levels (plus additional DLC courses). You’ll first explore an abandoned pirate cove before venturing into space and completing a terrifying graveyard-themed course.
And not only will your exploration allow you to appreciate the beauty of each location you’re golfing in, but you’ll be able to discover hidden secrets and collectibles.
This isn’t some wild action-adventure title though – you don’t need to worry about fighting through hordes of the undead or battling aliens. Walkabout Mini Golf offers a much more relaxed gaming session where you’re encouraged to explore the levels and complete the course at a pace that suits you.
Each regular level hides 18 unique lost balls to find and add to your collection – one per hole – while the hard levels present you with an engaging multi-stage treasure hunt that unlocks a unique golf club.
But while these striking locations and hidden secrets provide plenty of enjoyment – what really makes Walkabout Mini Golf VR so spectacular is its realistic golfing gameplay.
No matter your approach to mini-golf – be it light, accurate taps in the right direction, or swinging in a wide arc and yelling ‘FORE!’ – your playstyle will be perfectly translated into this virtual space.
This realism not only immerses you in this virtual experience but ensures the game feels fair; the only thing keeping you from that hole-in-one is your own ability rather than finicky controls. If you truly want to put your putting skills to the test, you can unlock and play the hard version of each course. Every hole has been souped up with additional obstacles to navigate and the night-time setting for these courses gives them a more unnerving feeling that’s sure to test your golfing mettle.
The game isn’t quite perfect though. Walkabout Mini Golf is let down slightly by its lack of a dedicated pass and play mode for local multiplayer – however Mighty Coconut has said this feature is coming soon. For now, you’ll have to make do with online play across multiple headsets or – as a work-around – the developer suggests playing each hole in practice mode and keeping a tally of your scores manually if you want to play with just one.