Sid Meier's SimGolf. Sid Meier's SimGolf; We need to figure out how to get this game to run. This may also work for Windows 10. Might go test it shortly.
- Sid Meier's SimGolf, brought to you from the people responsible for such gems as SimCity and Civilization, is the newest member of the illustrious family. A mix of simulation and action, SimGolf looks to be a very exciting game, at least on paper. Does it succeed? Read on, and decide for yourself.
- May 04, 2016 It's running on windows 10, even if it is over 15 year's old. This game gets boring really fast.
It looks as if your ship has finally arrived. Your great uncle Harry has passed away recently and has left you a nice chunk of money. This inheritance comes with specific instructions, however: To build a world-class golf resort, a dream Harry never realized. So take that cash and buy up some prime real estate'you're going to take a shot at being a high roller in the golf world!
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Sid Meier's SimGolf, brought to you from the people responsible for such gems as SimCity and Civilization, is the newest member of the illustrious family. A mix of simulation and action, SimGolf looks to be a very exciting game, at least on paper. Does it succeed? Read on, and decide for yourself.
Gameplay, Controls, Interface
OK, get comfortable, this will take a while...
SimGolf is a simulation game in every sense of the word: You control aspects of building and maintaining a golf course, from layout and construction of fairways, greens and the like, to building and maintaining the infrastructure of your course and surrounding environment. Control over terrain, localized flora, and other aspects are all vital to the game and your success as a business mogul. You also have a 'golf pro' to maintain and compete with other SimGolfers for both gains in skill and later profits for your course.
Those of you familiar with SimCity 2000 and later iterations will be comfortable with the sparse, yet familiar control settings. Very simple, ergonomic buttons are all in the lower areas of the simulation field, which utilizes the 'three-quarter' style of game view so prevalent in today's simulations. A quick glance at the manual will give you all the information that you'll need.
Once you begin building your course, your main source of revenue will come to play. SimGolfers will play your course, pay green fees per hole, purchase drinks and food, and buy memberships if they enjoy your course enough'all generating revenue. While playing your course, SimGolfers will keep a running commentary going, with the text either in green, white, or red depending on their mood. This is a valuable tool for improving and modifying your course. If a SimGolfer is not enjoying a hole because it's too easy, drop in a couple of rough spots or sand traps. Are they getting tired? Hungry or Thirsty? Frustrated? Excited? Paying attention to this detail will help you make a better and more valuable course.
There are quite a few buildings and improvements available in SimGolf. Putting greens and driving ranges will improve your SimGolfers' game skills, snack bars will feed them, and tennis courts keep them happy. There are many other buildings, each with specific values and price tags intended to make your course the best. One nice thing: If you decide to remove parts of your course, you will receive the money back that you invested in it. So if you mistakenly drop a bit of green in the middle of the fairway, don't worry, you can reclaim the land and the lost funds. A nice touch.
You are also in charge of hiring a staff. You'll need groundskeepers to keep the grounds clean and free of dandelions, rangers to help speed up straggling golfers, beverage carts for thirsty SimGolfers, and even possibly a celebrity greeter to give your SimGolfers a little ego boost. Each of these employees draws a monthly salary, so be sure to use the ones you need when you need them.
Now let's discuss the really interesting part of this game, the golf pro. Your course will have its own local pro, who will take the role of greeter and groundskeeper when not actively playing. You are in charge of all aspects of the pro, from skill set to modifying his/her likeness (the game ships with tools which allow you to import your own photographs). The pro can play practice games to improve (or decrease) his skills and can later enter SGA sponsored tournaments or 'skins' games with other local pros for large cash prizes. This is where SimGolf separates itself from SimCity and the like. In most of those games, there's a period of time where you just have to sit and wait for your cash to build back up. SimGolf avoids that by allowing you to actively play your course with your pro. After allotting a certain number of skill points to your pro, you are then able to take control of driving and short iron play. No, you don't get to do any chipping or putting, the computer takes care of that for you. And just because you click an approach shot doesn't mean that's exactly where the ball's going to land. There's a large fudge factor, at least early on when your pro doesn't have a lot of skill or experience. However, the more points you gain, the better your pro becomes until you are challenged by another pro or are entered in an SGA-sponsored event.
Ah yes, the Sim Golf Association. They'll be watching your course as well. You may be offered to host a prestigious tournament for a large cash prize. Weigh this option carefully early on, because while the tournament is on, you will gain no greens fees or membership dues money, just a bit from concessions and whatever purse money you (your pro) end up winning. Holding a tournament at your course will also raise your course's (and from there your SimGolfers) prestige and allow more buildings to be built.
You will also have special golfers come to play. One of them will donate landmarks to your course if she likes it well enough. One will allow you to purchase more land around your existing course, so that you can expand and place more holes. Be on the lookout for these SimGolfers, and try to make their stay as enjoyable as possible.
There's still much more I could write about this game, the sheer amount of detail in this game is staggering. I haven't discussed game modes, silver and higher memberships, building lots for homes on your course, or even becoming a worldwide golf mogul on other continents, but they and many other unmentioned parts of this game make for a rich, stimulating simulation.
I must mention, there were a few bugs I have noticed while playing the game. Some speech bubbles had odd text in them and often structures I placed either were removed or changed into something else entirely. Hopefully, the first patch will fix these problems.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this game, although not as important as you might think. Graphics follow in the vein of SimCity and the like, and are very pixilated at times. While the scenery is varied and interesting, small character motion and movement is not. There are only two view modes, and while zoomed out to get a more 'bird's eye' view, you really can't do anything besides look at your course. The best resolution is 800 x 600, and often times the screen can get cluttered with 'busy' graphics, such as help screens and the like. Not the best work, but adequate for a simulation such as this.
Mellow background music, interspersed with human-like conversation. While not as annoying as the adults in a Charlie Brown cartoon, it still can begin to grate on your nerves after a while. I found that this game was as easy to play with the sound off as it was on.
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I was a bit worried when I received this game, as I was expecting more of a golf playing simulation, and frankly, I haven't enjoyed one of those since Mean 18. SimGolf was surprisingly good, however, and before I knew it, hours had passed and I was sitting on top of a small 9-hole course, screaming at my pro to sink a 5-foot putt. This game can really entertain, and is a strong recommendation for all hardcore simulation and avid golf fans. Bugs, as well as problems with the audio and graphical aspect drop the score, but overall, this game deserves to be in the mid- to high 80's.
Downloads for Sid Meier's SimGolf
Games that run on older versions of Windows can't run on recent systems. You will probably need a Virtual Machine to run the game.
Player modes: single player
Input: keyboard, mouse
Distributed on: cd-rom
Abandonware DOS views: 41501
- Hey Gamers!
Having trouble in step one of the process of getting this to work on Windows 10. When I go to open the .zip folder, the error message 'Unexpected end of archive' appears. I can repair the .zip with WinRAR, but after doing so and extracting the sim golf folder, there is no golf.exe or the NoCD Crack golf.exe. Has anyone else run into this issue?
- Thanks Neddo. This 100 works for Windows 10
- how do you change the change compatibility options for the new golf.ex?
- Thanks to all the advice above, here's how I got it working:
1. download sim_golf.zip above
2. extract files
3. extract SIMGOLF.102.ENG.MYTH.NOCD
4. copy golf.exe from that zip into the main 'Sid Meier's SimGolf' folder, overwriting the original golf.exe
5. change compatibility options for the new golf.exe to Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and tick 'Run this program as administrator'
6. open 'setup.bat'
7. open 'golf.exe'
All seems okay except two issues: the game crashes when quitting, and I get briefly stuck at a low resolution. I also want to run it in windowed mode as it is stretched on a widescreen monitor, but can't get it to work. Anyone who has achieved that, please shout.
- Hi, Is there anyone that could post a step by step download guide?
- i love this game! loved playing it as a kid, and love playing now! I saw a youtuber named KILLROB play, and it brought back memories. so here I am! thanks for this everyone!
- Thanks, Aaron(and everyone else). The game works after the NOCD patch (included in download) was unzipped to the correct folder and the sound works after unzipping the sounds from the 'unpack' file.
- You may need to enable compatibility settings for this game to work properly on Windows 10. Go to the installation directory, and click 'golf.exe', then left click and click properties, under properties go to the compatibility tab and select Windows XP.
- HERES A FIX FOR EVERYONE DOWNLAOD GAME AND PUT IT INTO PROGAME FILES NOT 86 JUST PROGRAME FILES INSTALL PATCH 2 THEN INSTALL THE LATEST PATCH RUN UNDER VISTA COMPATIBILITY MAKE SURE TO UNZIP SOUNDS FROM BATCH FILE MINE WORKS FINE WITH SOUND JUST NO STORIES STORIES IS CORRUPT
- I missed this game so much that I was searching for this game for 2 or more years.Last time it worked,didn't know it will work this time.
- I followed fj's instructions and was able to play. No sound for me as well. Great to get to play this gem again, but the nostalgia bug would be cured a bit more with the funny sounds in this game. Hopefully someone has figured this out and will be kind enough to post their fix.
- Where are the sounds? Anyone know of a fix? Its such a great game, sad to not hear a thing
- nah, not working on win10 - keeps crashing inside the game
running winxp on virtualbox will likely work though
to have sound, doubleclick on setup.bat
- managed to get it working on win10
. replace golf.exe with the golf.exe from the 102-nocd zip
. compatbility mode: win7
. optional: run as admin (when i don't do this, after the ending credits when exiting, my screen resolution remains at 640x480)
i'm unable to get 1.03 working on win10 (doesn't open)
- i got the everything working fine but the sound is just missing.
- SimGolf Patch 1.03 Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/s6dyfq1hqszi3y7/simgolf103.zip?dl1
- First, GREAT game. I played this when it first came out for literally 100s of hours. I missed it so much I sought it out and am thrilled to find it. For those having problems, try running the game out of Windows 'Troubleshoot compatibility' mode. Tell the computer it used to run on Windows 7 and Windows will use those settings. I have zero problem running it on Windows 10 through Windows 7 compatibility.
- @eric Hi Eric! I found this article about setting up a virtual machine really helpful: https://www.howtogeek.com/196060/beginner-geek-how-to-create-and-use-virtual-machines/
- Ive had problems downloading this with windows 8. I downloaded the requested virtual machine as well and still cant seem to figure it out. is there a step by step process for making this game and the virtual machine work together? thanks!
- This game is amazing and should be played by those who loves to control every aspect of a game. Unfortunately you can't play this gem on Windows 10 because EA thinks it's not worthy of uploading to Origin or even making a simple patch for this game. It's amazing to me that they will do this for a game like this but who cares, battlefront 2 is coming out so they give a rats ass.
- Doesn't work on Win 10 due to DRM incompatibility with the software. Use an XP virtual machine.
- Downloads fine, click play on the first menu and nothing happens, changed compatibility/ran as administrator. changed every setting possible.
- This game is one that needs a reboot for Windows 7/8.1/10 and beyond! This is a classic game that can be addicting and provides hours of endless fun. The only way it would be better is if the patches (V1.01 thru V1.03) were readily available and the game didn't crash after trying to start a 500K tournament.
- I love golf!