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Review: Links LS 1.1

by Daniel Chvatik,


Product Information
Published by: Access Software Inc.
4750 Wiley Post Way
Building 1, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116-2878
Phone: (800) 800-4880
Fax: (801) 596-9128
<> (demo available -- 9 holes, 28 MB)Street Price: $45; additional course packs for $18

System Requirements
PowerPC 6100/66
System 7.5.1 or higher (7.6.1 recommended)
MB RAM (20 MB free RAM recommended)
MB of free hard disk space (200 MB recommended)
CD-ROM (4x recommended)
x600 resolution (1024x768 recommended)
Thousands of colors
OpenTransport 1.1.2 or higher for AppleTalk or Internet play
14.4 K Modem for Modem/Serial recommended, slower might workMacIPX for IPX play

Golf for the Rest of Us?
I don't like golf. That is, I didn't like golf. I always thought it was boring. I rarely leave my computer anyway, and if I do then it's just to get some food and sleep. You know, those computer golf simulators all have crappy graphics; they are boring and far from being realistic. Wrong. Links LS really got me fascinated.

Links LS is just not any golf simulator. It is the king of all of them. It features a dazzling list of features:

Arnold Palmer's Course
Arnold Palmer's Country Club Course

So Links LS is the ultimate golf simulator for all of us? Not quite. The system requirements leave out a lot of people. First of all you will need a PowerPC. Secondly, and most importantly, it requires 800x600 resolution in thousands of colors. This throws out many users. Access Software is considering to make an update that allows 640x480, but they say the program is not laid out for such a low resolution. Thousands of colors are required so you can enjoy the quality of the graphics. 20 MB of free RAM are recommended for good performance.

The interface violates all Mac standards, but at least it is pretty and intuitive (after a while). The game rarely gets boring because of its large set of features. The standard pack (3 CDs) includes 3 golf courses:

The Kapalua Plantation and Village courses on Maui, as well as the Latrobe Country Club. They feature a variety of landscapes with magnificent views. The scenery is very detailed. Each course features a fly-by movie that shows you the actual holes and gives comments and hints about the course. Another movie shows you the local facilities. Also included is a virtual reality tour of the local resort and golf shop. Ambient sounds make the courses feel real.

The golfer can play against other humans or computer opponents. There are four factory players that can be custom configured: the famous Arnold Palmer, as well as a young man, a young woman, and a middle-aged man. Each character has its own graphics, skills, comments, and sounds. When they make a bad shot, they show their anger. It is very amusing.

Courses, characters and other add-ons can be expanded by buying additional course packs. Various golf variants can be played: simple practice, stroke, best ball, match, and skins.

Kapalua Plantations Course

Kapalua Plantations Course

Shooting is quite easy. After choosing the direction of your shot, it involves clicking the "swing" button, keeping it pressed, releasing it and clicking again at the right time. The timing determines the strength and other factors of your shot. Optionally, you can alter the positions of your feet and the ball, as well as some more advanced settings. A "post shot selection" gives you statistics about your shot and options to replay, reverse, or save the shot.


An enormous variety of options lies at your finger tips

The quality of the game is very high. However the redraw speed was slow, even on my G3/266 with 36 MB of RAM at 1024x768 and thousand colors. Still, it's a lot faster than actually walking up to the ball!

A 72-page manual explains all aspects of the game in full detail and with many screen shots. I wish all games had such a handbook.

Links LS makes playing golf at the computer quite enjoyable--even for non-golfers. The reality of the courses and the varied characters of your opponents, as well as the virtually limitless expandability guarantee long hours of fun if you have a machine that qualifies to run the game. Finally, golf doesn't have to be boring!

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Reader Comments (10)

Victor Pinheiro · March 13, 2002 - 22:43 EST #1
I used Links LS for Macintosh (3 disks) purchased in 1998 on my PowerBook 3400c. Today I upgraded to a PowerBook G4 666MHz. I wanted to know if I can use the same version in the new computer. Is it compatible?

Congratulations on your product. I like it. Thank you very much.

Victor Pinheiro
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · March 13, 2002 - 23:44 EST #2
Victor - I'm assuming you've been trying out OS X on your new TiBook (congratulations on your new toy). You'll have to check with the game's vendor to be sure, but most likely it will run on OS 9 just fine. You might even be lucky in that it will run in classic emulation mode but, if not, you should be able to boot in native OS 9 and play the game.

But your bigger problem is installing the game on your G4 since Macs no longer ship with floppy drives. If you're not planning to buy an external floppy drive, you're going to have to find someone with an older Mac (or use your 3400 if you still have it), make disk image files of the three floppy disks, transfer those files to the G4 either by networking, or e-mail attachment, or whatever, mount those images on the G4, then install the game.
Victor Pinheiro · March 27, 2002 - 14:28 EST #3
Thanks, Lee Bennett, for your e-mail and information.

There is no problem; it's easy to install. I have made a mistake by saying "disk" instead of "CD." My English is real bad. Sorry, and thanks.

John · August 23, 2002 - 06:44 EST #4
I can't get the Links LS Arnold Palmer game downloaded. Can you maybe help me out? I really want to play it. It's the 98 edition.
Sarel Snyman · May 21, 2005 - 18:13 EST #5
Where can I obtain Links LS 1998 course add ons?

Are the newer versions (1999. 2000 etc ) compattable with the 1998 edition?


Sarel Snyman
Shirley Ann Cook · August 7, 2005 - 15:25 EST #6
Where can i get Links LS 1998?I cannot find it any where.
CHRIS MITCHELL · August 26, 2005 - 07:56 EST #7
I have links ls 1999 and am wondering how to access the svga courses that are on the disk. Can someone please help me?
Jason Campbell · December 13, 2005 - 23:40 EST #8
Is there a site where i can Download more courses for Links Ls 1998 Edition.
Sandra · May 7, 2006 - 17:23 EST #9
I have the Links LS 1998 game and I am trying to load it on my computer and it won't load, it says there is a corrupted file. Please let me know what I can do.
Bob Pietracupa · February 12, 2007 - 22:27 EST #10
How can I connect my 3-D on my links LS.2001 The web page is no longer available and my game was taken out and I can`t get back on it.

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