Vertiginous Golf is difficult to describe. Even the name evades most people (vertiginous, by the way, means “causing vertigo”). And you know you’re in strange territory when the most accurate description of the game can only be achieved by press release:
Vertiginous Golf is a dystopian steam punk mini golf adventure game set in the skies above an alternate world where life on the ground is enveloped in permanent smog, constant darkness and never-ending rain.
What. What can anyone even do with that? “Dystopian steam punk mini golf adventure game.” What a world.
In practice, Vertiginous Golf is a mini-golf game set high above the clouds. Each hole is an absurd conglomeration of typical mini-golf fair – such as little but frustrating hills – and ridiculous steampunk contraptions, like whirling bumpers that repel the player’s ball, or literally just a machine that shoots your ball off the level. As if mini-golf wasn’t frustrating enough.
Vertiginous Golf has been in Early Access since March of 2014, but it will be officially launching next month on May 6. Those interested in death by mini-golf should jump on the bandwagon now, as the price will apparently rise once the game has properly launched. Those interested can buy it through Steam for $14.99 USD. It’s currently only for Windows, though the developers are planning to add support for Mac and Linux eventually. You can also learn more about Kinelco and Lone Elk Creative, the developers, from their websites