Golf. Depending on who you talk to, it’s the act of spoiling a good walk, or a relaxing and enjoyable sport. I don’t l know about you, but it’s not exactly something I’d class as an exciting pursuit, and that opinion of mine certainly extends to video game representations of the sport. Sure, you’ve got your more surreal takes such as the Mario Golf series, but it’s never been a particularly interesting genre of game to me. But each to their own, of course.
But what if the only game you had was a golf game, and you were getting so bored of that one game and wished you could do something more exciting with it. Well, if that one golf game you had was Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf for the SEGA Mega Drive or Genesis, you are in luck, because hidden deep within this licensed golf release is a smaller version of a much more exciting game. But to get there, you’ve got to jump through some hoops – Not literally, of course.
When playing Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf, you need to hit the ball 100 hundred times on the first stage. This act of incompetence will earn you the grand prize of a Game Over screen, and here is where you’ll get your chance to escape this green, boring prison and move to more interesting lands.
Simply press Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right and A. You’ll then be taken to a strange mini-game based on the classic SEGA arcade game Fantasy Zone. Here, you’ll be taken to the candy coloured planet of Menon and control the legendary Opa-Opa. The B button will shoot, C will drop bombs, and the only aim is to just survive for as long as you can.
I don’t know why this odd little homage was added, but the weird thing is that Opa-Opa also makes an appearance as a cursor in the menu for Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf, alongside another classic SEGA hero – Alex Kidd, who pops by when you’ve played nine holes in a round, alongside Opa-Opa once again.