There is something in us that always leaves a feeling of pleasure after experiencing pain
Yesteryear, we were treated – or punished – with “Getting over it with Bennett Foddy”, a painful climbing game developed by New York-based video game designer Bennett Foddy, just for the sake of punishing ‘a certain kind of person’.
This time, another B-game designer in the name of Alva Majo has the pleasure to release another frustrating platformer named “Golfing over it with Alva Majo”.
“Golfing Over It with Alva Majo is a discouraging game about climbing a surreal mountain with a golf ball, a different take on 2017’s hit Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy. Experience the challenge of climbing an unyielding mountain without infuriating controls being part of that challenge.” The game description reads.
The game title sounds like an obnoxious rip-off, but as far as its Steam Store Page shows, the game has actually received the blessing from Bennett Foddy himself.
The ‘goal’ of the game
Golfing Over It has a simple goal, climb your way to the top. But instead of dragging a man, wielding a hammer while sitting in a cauldron, players are given a golf ball to hit up, up, and up all the way to the course’s ‘hole’.
You are in kontol
Playing the game sounds simple, but Alva Majo’s twists on his tribute game made it fun – if fun is something you feel for devastating yourself with this sort of game.
You hit the ball by left-click dragging your mouse pointer away from it, then releasing the click from a distance. The distance from releasing identifies how far the ball can go.
You can hit the ball any number of times in the air, as long as it doesn’t hit any other surface, else it will turn black and it will be uncontrollable.
Players can only watch in frustration as the ball goes down where they don’t want it to while it’s in an uncontrollable state.
Watch me (hurt myself with) enjoy this game
A rip-off or a tribute?
While Steam reviews share different perspectives on this particular game, it still delivers the similar difficulty and memeing that Getting Over It has successfully done.
It will entertain you, then it will show you how cruel the game can be, you’d persevere to make it to the top, would it make you feel good? I don’t know, because I haven’t finished the game yet. But, in my experience with such B-games, it can surely take your time off once you’re tired of other games.
All in all, Golfing Over It with Alva Majo delivers what it says, a similarly frustrating yet entertaining tribute to Bennett Foddy’s phenomenal game, a legitimate tribute game with the similar controls and touch mixed by Alva Majo’s own flavor to make it interesting enough for B-game lovers.
Sure we will probably rage over it, just like ‘Getting Over’ but just release the heat and you’ll find yourself back to mouse dragging, this time with Alva’s golf ball.