Golf Story feels like being let in on an inside joke. It’s a loving pastiche of golf and its culture that doesn’t require you to know anything about golf to laugh along. The writing is fantastic, with a sharp sense of comedic timing I didn’t think was possible with text boxes. A relatively simple physics model gives you enough control to be precise but leaves out a lot of the complicated simulation of other digital golf outings. Frustrating putting mechanics and an unexpected late-game difficulty spike threatened to spoil the fun, but Golf Story’s charm and heart pulled me through.