Review: Neverputt

At a Glance

ESRB Rating: NR - Not Rated
My Rating: Everyone
Genre: Sports
License: Open Source
Release Year: 2014
Review Published On: August 27th, 2016
Played on: Martha

Available from:

Linux users can also find this game in their distro's repositories

Save System:

There is no way to save a game in progress. If you quit the game, it simply tallies the final scores.

You can pause the game by pressing ESC.

Summary of
Major Issues:

One of the benefits of no-frills games like this is that there's nothing to worry about.


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Rolling towards the cup

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Aiming uphill

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Heading for the green

Game Overview

Neverputt is a simple minigolf game that comes with Neverball. Since these two games are made by the same people and are packaged together, it's not much of a surprise that they share a lot of their content, though Neverputt doesn't feature the floor tilting control scheme found in Neverball.

If you've played minigolf before, then you're probably already familiar with how Neverputt works. Players take turns putting their ball around various obstacles in the hopes of rolling it into the cup at the end of the course. Since this is a video game, these obstacles aren't always realistic, making these golf courses a bit more unique than the ones in real life. Additionally, each course floats high in the air, making it far more important than usual to keep your ball inside the course's bounds.

Overall, Neverputt is probably more accessible to a general audience than its twin, so if you should still be able to have something new to play if you downloaded the latter.

Points of Interest

Unusual obstacles
Everything you see in Neverball appears in Neverputt somewhere. This means you'll need to deal with everything from moving platforms to bottomless pits to the occasional loop-de-loop. None of these are realistically possible in a golf course, but it's more fun this way.
Stroke maximum
Each hole has a set par, and you're forced to move on once you've taken too many swings. This helpfully keeps the game moving and prevents you from getting stuck, though it might annoy people that are attempting to practice a hole they find difficult.
Multiple courses to try
There are a total of nine courses included with the game. Some are simple and easy, while others are hard and complex, ensuring there's a course for everyone. More courses can be found at the game's website.
Fewer options than Neverball
Neverball has a number of options that aren't present in Neverputt. The most obvious of these is the lack of a menu option to change what your ball looks like. In the game itself, you can't even choose what color you use: that's determined by your position in the player list (ie, player 1 is always red). On the bright side, it remembers which ball you chose in Neverball, so you can customize it, just in a very awkward manner.
Local multiplayer only
To play with someone else, both of you need to be at the same computer and take turns using the mouse. This can be a little awkward, but it's doable enough.

Concerns and Issues

Nothing to worry about here
Although it can be surprisingly difficult at times, this is a really clean title with no objectionable content.