Sid Meier's SimGolf
Windows - 2002
Description of Sid Meier's SimGolf
Good movies are made by good directors, not big-name studios (although certainly the studios' deep pockets are necessary to fund ambitious projects). Hence, blockbusters from Disney, Miramax, Universal or any other studio would be nothing without the talented directors and crew behind them.
Computer games are no different: great designers, not the companies themselves, are what guarantee a good game. It should come as no surprise to anyone, then, that the combined talents of Sid Meir and Will Wright - arguably two most well-known names in the industry today - would produce something special. That game is Sid Meier's SimGolf, a veritable tour de force that combines Sid Meier's skills in crafting an accessible and challenging strategy game engine with Will Wright's by-now famous digital people from The Sims (which I actually don't think is a very good game).
Sid Meier's SimGolf is essentially a golf course/club simulation that lets you design your own courses, manage the golf club, and even play your own creation. The game automatically calculates the par for every hole you design, and shows you the route golfers will take. As soon as you open your first hole, golfers will begin to appear, and it won't be long before your course is full of flying miniature golf balls and amusing speech bubbles from golfers who talk in the now-legendary "Simese" speech The Sims fans will feel at home with.
Similar to other please-the-consumer games like Theme Park and Rollercoaster Tycoon, you will have to pay close attention to the happiness of golfers. You must hire enough employees to maintain the course, provide golfers with drinks, and even hurry along those players who take too long on the hole (thereby upsetting other golfers who are waiting to play). The more you expand your course and attract more golfers, more buildings and other options become available. In addition to a wide variety of terrain and trees to plant on the course, you will soon be able to build snack shops, marinas, resort hotels, and even holiday homes you can sell to rich members ("Silver Member" level and above). If your course is really attractive, you will even get a celebrity such as Jennifer Elopes to purchase a house - and watch their amusing antics on your course.
Similar to SimCity series of games, you will be awarded landmarks to place on the course once enough celebrities become happy customers. Although designing courses is already a lot of fun, you have a more long-term goal in the game: entice the golf championship board to host a tournament on your course. When that happens, you can use your very own pro golfer to compete for prize money in the tournament. Before you can host a championship, your course needs to conform to various specifications such as length of course, number of certain holes, etc. The number of specifications your course fulfills determines the level of prestige - and hence prize money - of the championship. Each Sim golfer has his or her own name, personality, appearance and dialogue that are fully customizable.
As great as the game is, it is the numerous subtle touches from Sid Meier that elevate it from "outstanding" to "must-have." For example, you can make more money by pairing up golfers who share similar personalities (outgoing, playful, etc.). They will start the round happier and pay higher green's fees on the first hole. Golfers that you have paired up are also more likely to have a 'story' (i.e. an ongoing story between them, shown in the speech bubbles) than those automatically paired by the computer.
With plenty of nuances and a constant challenge to get the difficulty level "just right" (i.e. neither too difficult as to frustrate golfers, nor too easy as to make them bored), golf on the computer has never been more addictive or interesting. Whether or not you play golf in real life, Sid Meier's SimGolf is a must-have if you enjoy business simulations or strategy games. Two thumbs up, and a venerable induction into our Hall of Belated Fame.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Gill 2021-02-26 0 point
I Followed all the instructions, Mount, patch, nocd, service pack 2. I open game and the screen goes black and tries to resize and crashes.
Any idea what went wrong?
Danidius 2021-02-08 0 point
Thanks so much Clyde! I got to play this gem of a game again.
Thanks myabandonware too!
NeedsHelp 2020-09-11 1 point
So, when i try to install or uninstall it says it has had a "catastrophic failure". Can anyone help me?
Svenska 2020-08-31 0 point
Clyde's 3-step instructions on 2020-08-27 worked for me, but I needed to take an additional step before I could mount the disk image. I had to convert the .bin file within the "ISO Version" download to an .iso file. To create the .iso file, I used the freeware "WinBin2Iso," which is available here: https://www.softwareok.com/?Download=WinBin2Iso.
Hope this helps others!
Clyde 2020-08-27 3 points
- Download the "ISO VERSION";
- Then mount the disk image (I use daemon tools lite works great and its free);
- Right click your new drive and select "Open AutoPlay"
- Install the game and use game key provided in this comments section;
- Download the game patch and no-cd patch;
- Install the game patch first;
- Then swap out the installed golf.exe for the one provided in the no-cd patch download;
- Change compatibility to WinXP (serv pack 2) and set to Run as Administrator;
AND YOUR DONE! :)
david 2020-08-21 0 point
OK, I'm not so bright.
Can someone please provide instructions on how to install on Win10? I downloaded the 4 files below.
Can't figure out what the ISO-version is.
I unzipped the RIP version and assume this is the installed location.
I ran the Patch file and installed it in the same RIP folder as golf.exe
I ran the compatability check (XP patch 3 was the only option on my comp).
Thanks for your feedback!
dkab 2020-08-10 1 point
In Windows 10, set golf.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 2).
m_ar 2020-08-05 0 point
unable to get past the second layer of game menus (selecting where you'd like to build your course) without the game becoming non-responsive. Win10
admin 2020-07-25 0 point
Thanks Clyde, I think the "demo" was a full RIP, I extracted the patch and noCD, they are now in separate downloads.
Clyde 2020-07-24 0 point
So i discovered a fix by accident. After i couldn't get the full game to work, I said f*** it and downloaded the demo. In the zip file I noticed two extra files; One being a patch for the FULL GAME and the other being a "no-cd patched" exe game file..... So I said "What the hell!" and first ran the patch update (I still had the full game installed [p.s. I have windows 10 and have experienced the black screen to desktop with no error]) then I exchanged the "golf.exe" file with the one in the "SIMGOLF.102.ENG.MYTH.NOCD.ZIP" folder........... and OMG IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
------- I hope this helps others
Babylovesim 2020-07-23 -1 point
your download requires some conversion and loaded to a disk. this had a download, that was just a small program. my disk drive isnt working, so i cant download this.
Tandoori 2020-05-11 1 point
I found the solution. You'll need a no cd patch to get it to work on Windows 10. Apparently for some security reasons Windows 10 doesn't allow accessing virtually mounted drives or something.
Tandoori 2020-05-11 0 point
Like some others, I can't run this on Win10. Installed using the serial number provided but not able to start even with Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode,
That Guy 2020-05-08 -1 point
Yeah, unfortunately, this copy of an amazing game will not run in Windows 10. The serial number will get you through installation (Thanks PQXF) but it just wont run. Anyone have some insight?
pqxf 2019-12-18 8 points
Here's a serial number for the full version 2495-6442747-3576919-6013
Use UltraISO to convert from B6I/B6T to BIN/CUE
Mt-Player 2019-08-25 1 point
When I download it, it just comes as a file.
Not a playable format, what am I doing wrong?
Floppy Waffle 2018-06-15 3 points
You have to run this in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode to get this to work on Windows 10
BigBird 2018-05-02 -13 points
I'm having a lot of trouble getting this to run on Windows 10, anyone had success?
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