The team at Mighty Coconut have given players some top-notch courses with their DLC for Walkabout Mini Golf, with The Gardens of Babylon and Shangri-La the first two of the game’s ‘Lost Cities’ DLC and Sweetopia offering a delicious-looking (and more fantastical) locale for players to sink some balls. It’s been confirmed that courses based around the Labrynth movie and the Myst video game are due to release later in the year too, so the future is exciting for us VR golfers.
In the meantime, they’ve just released an additional course that follows the ‘Lost Cities’ theme: El Dorado. I’ve had the chance to sink my teeth into the course and, believe me, it’s fantastic – ESPECIALLY the hard variant which offers one of the most atmospheric environments across the whole game.
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The lost city of El Dorado was supposedly located within the jungles of South America, and whilst the myth has been squashed in recent years (take a look at this BBC article to find out more), the course in Walkabout Mini Golf certainly embraces the setting. You can expect to putt balls across a luscious jungle environment surrounded by a myriad of stone structures, statues, and a weaving river that runs through the middle of it all – of course, there are also the remnants of explorers that previously embarked on a journey to find the city, though they met a… grisly end.
It’s a wonderful setting and one that feels quite different to anything else in the game, with the sun beaming through the looming trees that hang over you and the sense of verticality as you work your way up the stone structures giving off some real grandeur vibes. It genuinely felt like I was there in the midst of a jungle, whilst the impressive attention to detail found in every nook and cranny ensures there’s ALWAYS something neat to uncover.
It’s even better on the hard variant of the course, which takes place at night-time. Not only is it lit up by a variety of glowing torches, flares, and flashes of lightning, but it’s also being hammered with rainfall (don’t worry, your clubs won’t get slippery and wet). Again, there’s no other course that offers visually driven weather effects like this across the game (maybe with the exception of the wind in Quixote Valley) and it helps make El Dorado feel all the more unique and atmospheric.
“You can expect to putt balls across a luscious jungle environment surrounded by a myriad of stone structures, statues, and a weaving river that runs through the middle of it all – of course, there are also the remnants of explorers that previously embarked on a journey to find the city, though they met a… grisly end.”
It also just so happens to be a lot of fun to play across, with a good variety of holes on offer that’ll demand some skill to hit under par. There are some neat set pieces to be found across the holes too, whether that’s when landing your ball in a stone monkey’s moving paw, sending the ball down the gigantic tail of a stone crocodile, or simply trying to launch the ball up the steps of the giant stone structure. There are plenty of occasions where clever players can expect to try and bounce their ball between platforms too, whilst there’s even an element of luck involved in one particularly vertical hole…
I don’t want to go into too much detail about all of the holes – it’s better for players to play through them and discover the best way to approach them. There weren’t any that I found annoying though, with each offering a fair balance of difficulty and array of shortcuts to try and get that lower score. There were a few occasions where some strange physics glitches could hit my ball off course for seemingly no reason on a couple of holes, but these instances were few and far enough between for it not to feel like a genuine problem.
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As expected, El Dorado brings with it another eighteen lost balls to try and find, with some cool designs on offer that feel befitting of the course’s Aztec vibe, whilst there’s also a Fox Hunt to embark on to find a new club. I REALLY enjoyed uncovering the clues for the Fox Hunt (even if it did take me AGES to find that one missing skeleton), though there were a couple of clues that felt too easy to figure out – one instance saw two clues in succession being right next to each other too, which felt a little lazy. Still, it was fun to unravel, whilst the new club you unlock has quickly become one of my favourites.
Once again, Walkabout Mini Golf has delivered another excellent course to play across, with El Dorado proving to be one of the most atmospheric locales yet. The holes are varied and well designed, there are some cool set pieces, whilst the night-time variant looks awesome with its downpour of rain and lit-up setting… what more could you want?
I did suffer a few little physics glitches on some holes and a couple of clues in the Fox Hunt did feel a bit naff, but other than that this is another brilliant release from the team at Mighty Coconut. Add to that the cheap price tag of £2.29 and it’s easy to recommend El Dorado as a must-buy course for owners of the game.
[Note: Our reviews of DLC courses for Walkabout Mini Golf will be unscored.]
Developer: Mighty Coconut
Publisher: Mighty Coconut
Platform(s): Meta Quest 2 (Reviewed), PC VR