Leaderboard - Executive Edition
Copyright/Publisher: Access Software, Created By: Bruce & Roger Carver,
Release Year: 1986, Genre: Golf, Number Of Players: 1 to 4
It's time once again to put on the old plus-fours and dust off the golfing trolley. Yes, it's
Leaderboard - the Executive Edition. The designers of the world famous golfing simulation now
bring you a souped-up version, with the added realism of playing on a course with bunkers, trees
The player is presented with an initial choice of completing the course alone or in a group
of up to four people, with three levels of difficulty which may be set differently for each
individual. Unlike the earlier edition, there are only two courses with this version, the first
of which is included with the game while the second has to be loaded separately.
On selecting the required options, the screen presents a full-perspective, first-person view
of the fairway. This overlooks the golfer, who appears at the bottom of the screen ready to
Control of the golfer is by joystick and is identical to Leaderboard. A cursor is positioned
onscreen to indicate the ball's direction flight, and a information panel on the left gives the
course details, including the wind strength and distance to the hole. This allows you to make your
choice of club from the set provided, which ranges from a One Wood right through to a Nine Iron
and Pitching Wedge.
On pressing the fire button, a power-bar scrolls down, which is stopped by another click of the
button. The amount of bar revealed corresponds to the strength of the shot. A second bar then
appears which is controlled in the same way, enabling you to determine the amount of hook or
slice on the ball. This coincides with the movement of the goler as he swings and hits the ball
down the fairway.
When the ball eventually syops, the screen is re-drawn to show the golfer's view of the course
as seen from his new position. The action always faces the hole, and the process is repeated until the
ball lands on the green.
When play is finally within putting range of the hole, the golfer is automatically given
his putting iron. A small pointer appears to the left of the hole, which shows the direction
and amount of slope, enabling you to compensate with the strength and direction of your shot.
The information panel also changes to display a larger powermeter where the bar is simply stopped
at the required strength for the putt.
Successfully holing the ball brings up the current scoreboard, which shows the individual hole
scores and the running total for each player. See you at the nineteenth hole!
This is an extremely polished golf program, and it deserves plenty of credit. It's very playable
and boasts some woderful attention to detail, but the problem lies in the fact that it's just too
similar to its forerunner. The only real differences are the bunker, the trees and some new
scenery - there's nothing new in the game-play.
It plays exactly the same as the first version
and the new features fail to offer anything new or exciting. Having said that, it's still
enjoyable to play, but I wouldn't part with a tenner for it, especially if the original
Leaderboard already graced my software collection
If you liked Leaderboard, you'll love this - Executive Edition is a very well executed successor.
The trees and bunkers are neat, and there is more scenic variation between the different holes than
before. Overall, the game is superb - but, if you have the first version, I would seriously
think before buying the Executive Edition. Ten quid is a lot to pay for a few additional
bunkers and trees.
So you bought Leaderboard and enjoyed it so much that you bought the Tournament courses. But is
it worth buying this Executive Edition? Well... the trees and bunkers do add a little something,
but don't make enough of a difference to justify a purchase. No - even if you haven't played
Leaderboard, I wouldn't recommend this at the price. Get the original Leaderboard
instead - it's just as playable and has twice as many courses.