Cursed to Golf will have you golf your way out of Purgatory next year

Metroid and roguelikes meet on the golf course

Golf games have been exploring just what virtual golf can be, exactly. And Cursed to Golf, a new golfing game from Chuhai Labs and Thunderful Publishing, asks: what if golf was a roguelike? And what if you were also in Golf Purgatory?

Announced today, Cursed to Golf is headed for PC in January 2022 as a full-fledged game. The setup is that you’re on the winning shot of an international tournament when tragedy strikes, and now you—the Cursed Golfer, trapped in Golf Purgatory—need to tee off across the devious courses of the underworld to get home.

I mentioned “full game” because there’s a precursor of sorts available free on Itch, if you’d like to get an idea of what Cursed to Golf is going for. I had actually played it a while ago, after seeing it pop up on social media, and it’s pretty interesting.

As you golf through courses, you can pick up new boons to help you make Par on each new hole. Different upgrades can add new abilities to your golfer, to make navigating the treacherous hazards a bit easier, and it looks like the full game is adding some wild stuff. I love the portals, in particular.

The final game will also include online leaderboards, as well as over 80 holes to play and a Daily Challenge Mode. Basically, a lot of golf to play. I’ve been enjoying the way that developers have been re-interpreting the act of virtual golfing, with neat indies like Golf Story coming up with inventive uses for a classic style of gameplay. Seems like Cursed to Golf is one to keep an eye on if you’re also into fresh takes on the digital green.

You can wishlist Cursed to Golf on Steam over here.

Eric Van Allen