Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Leaderboard Birdie


Leaderboard Golf was released back in 1986 by Access Software and is undoubtedly one of the least technically impressive games to grace the Atari ST. Firstly, a rather crude menu system is used to select the number of competitors, difficulty level and the course. Once the game begins, you will note the user interface displays all the expected golf jargon along with other pieces of information, like weather conditions, power, and distance. Select your club and line up your first shot using the mouse and whack that ball down the fairway! I recommend you start on the novice level, this will by-pass the weather conditions to help master the control and basic gameplay mechanics.

Leaderboard uses a third-person perspective to display the golfer and his many pitfalls which lie ahead - trees, water and bunkers. The graphics are laughable, reminding me of the early PC games which certainly don't push the Atari ST at all. Equally side-splitting are the sounds, I like the swish of the golfer when he takes his shot but my favourite is the mushy effect when the ball takes a dip. Yep, both the visuals and audio are ghastly.

Connoisseurs may find Leaderboard unrealistic and very minimalistic compared to the other golf games. However, I find Leaderboard to be a charming, entertaining, easy to pick up and play and most certainly a classic example of why graphics and sounds do NOT matter. One of the most addictive games I've ever featured here on AtariCrypt.

LINKS

 - I've recorded a video for your amusement!
 - 8BitChip has developed a version which can be installed onto your hard drive.
 - Those using floppies can download from Old Games Finder.
 - There might be no save game feature but inside the box does is a scorecard (see this pic) and I see the previous owner had filled in his scores. A little piece of ST history is preserved - I love finding things like this! :-)