Putt & Putter (Game Gear)

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For the Sega Master System game, see Putt & Putter (Master System).


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Putt & Putter
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Peripherals supported: Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Sports[1][2][3] (golf)

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
¥3,5003,500 G-3209
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
£19.9919.99[7][8] 2307
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear

Putt & Putter (パット&パター), known simply as Minigolf in Brazil, is an isometric-projection golf game for the Sega Game Gear by SIMS. Though it shares the same name and developer, it is not the same as the Master System version as it has completely different maps.


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The game is a minigolf game played on small, isometric courses. There are two modes, Beginner and Master, each with its own set of 18 holes. The Master mode unlocks after completing all of the Beginner holes. The goal is to putt a ball into the hole in the fewest strokes. Courses often contain obstacles and hazards that can help or hinder the player. It is not ordinarily possible to hit the ball outside of bounds or over gaps; the ball ricochets off the boundaries of the terrain.

The player starts the game with eight balls. Each hole has a par rating depending on its difficulty, indicating the number of strokes it should take to complete. Beating the par rating rewards the player with an extra ball for each stroke under par: one bonus ball for a birdie (one under par), two bonus balls for an eagle (two under par), and three bonus balls for an albatross (three under par). Conversely, finishing over par costs the player balls, but only if the player finishes more than two strokes over par. So three over par costs one ball, four over par costs two balls, and so forth. The game ends if the player runs out of balls.

Each hole starts by placing the ball on the tee mat, a small square at the beginning of the course, using the D-Pad to position the ball and 2 to place it. The player can examine the course with the D-Pad before each shot. The player makes a shot by pressing 2, which causes markers and a power meter to appear. The markers indicate the trajectory of the shot (including how it will rebound after hitting the edges of the course) and can be rotated with Left and Right. The power meter cycles from empty to full, indicating the lowest and highest putting power respectively, and the player hits the ball with 2 when the power meter is at the desired level.

A password appears after every third hole so the game can be continued. During gameplay, the player can check the results of each hole with  START . The password "PUTT " is given after completing Beginner mode for enabling Master mode.

There is a two-player mode where players can compete over a Gear-to-Gear Cable. Matches can consist of 3, 5, 7, or a full 18 holes. Both players' balls are in play simultaneously, and players alternate strokes. Each hole lasts until both players have finished; a player is also retired after ten strokes without completing the hole. The player who finishes in the fewest strokes wins the hole; after all of the holes have been completed, the player who has won the most holes wins the match (or the player with the highest score wins in the case of a tie).


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If a ball falls in a water hazard, the player loses a stroke.
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The movement of the ball is slowed as it moves through a sand trap.
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If a ball falls on a treadmill hazard, it scrolls to the end, potentially out of bounds and costing the player a stroke. Treadmills look the same as sand traps but are animated and have an arrow indicating the direction that they scroll.


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Causes the ball to bounce off at an angle and increase its speed. Bumpers disappear after being hit three times. Worth 50 points each time it is hit.
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Causes the ball to bounce off at an angle. Worth 50 points.
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Causes the ball to bounce through a corner at a 90-degree angle. Worth 10 points.


Main article: Putt & Putter (Game Gear)/Maps.


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Putt & Putter Putt & Putter
English (US) Putt & Putter Putt & Putter
Japanese パット&パター Putt & Putter
Portuguese (Brazil) Minigolf Minigolf

Production credits

  • Planner: Lehto, Amachan
  • Programmer: Uhyohyo
  • Graphics: Matsu Special
  • Sound: Nasubi
  • Special Thanks to: Fighter Hayabusa, Momo P-, Kogako, Princess Yumiko, Pettit Tomato
In-game credits
Putt & Putter GG credits.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Putt & Putter (Game Gear)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-10: "October 1991" (1991-09-07)

Physical scans

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
Games-X (UK) PAL
Game Zone (UK) PAL
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
Joypad (FR) PAL
Joystick (FR) PAL
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Play Time (DE)
Power Play (DE)
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Force (UK) PAL
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Video Games (DE)
Sega Game Gear
Based on
19 reviews

Putt & Putter (Game Gear)

Game Gear, JP
PuttandPutter GG JP Box Front.jpg
PuttandPutter GG JP Cart.jpg
Game Gear, US
PuttandPutter GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPuttandPutter GG US Box Front.jpg
PuttandPutter GG US Cart.jpg
Puttputter gg us manual.pdf
Game Gear, EU
PutandPutter GG EU Box Back.jpgPutt&Putter GG EU BoxSpine.jpgPutandPutter GG EU Box Front.jpg
PuttandPutter GG EU Cart.jpg
Putt&Putter GG EU Manual.jpg
Game Gear, BR
PutandPutter GG BR Box.jpg
Minigolf gg br cart.jpg
Game Gear, KR
PuttandPutter GG KR Box Front.jpg
PuttandPutter GG KR Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 407ac070
MD5 1ebb46ce09cc88c6ddb62f6318e958a4
SHA-1 2d4a72e6f5db344240c2a65141b08e57a4b52416
128kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 ecc301dd
MD5 61c0b40329f89007ab44cc5eb29addfd
SHA-1 7038a6e60106eba19e0aff56c14749c2dbb5de5f
128kB Cartridge (US/EU)


  1. File:PutandPutter GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. File:PuttandPutter GG JP Box Front.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/gamegear/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-12-07 04:57)
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 27
  5. Sega Power, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-06), page 20
  6. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1992-04-20), page 19
  7. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 77
  8. Computer & Video Games, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-15), page 97
  9. Supergame, "Abril 1992" (BR; 1992-04-xx), page 48
  10. File:Putt & Putter GG credits.pdf
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 182
  12. ACE, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-08), page 96
  13. Beep! MegaDrive, "October 1991" (JP; 1991-09-07), page 36
  14. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 169
  15. Games-X, "12th-18th December 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 23
  16. Game Zone, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-24), page 53
  17. Hippon Super, "October 1991" (JP; 1991-09-04), page 91
  18. Hobby Consolas, "Febrero 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 58
  19. Joypad, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1991-12-1x), page 107
  20. Joystick, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 183
  21. Micromanía (segunda época), "Abril 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 38
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 143
  23. Play Time, "2/92" (DE; 1992-01-08), page 88
  24. Power Play, "1/92" (DE; 1991-12-11), page 183
  25. Sega Power, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-06), page 50
  26. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
  27. Sega Force, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 76
  28. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 88
  29. Video Games, "4/91" (DE; 1991-12-06), page 92
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