Sometimes there are be games that get ignored by the masses, but whcih are actually very interesting. Everybody’s Tennis could be one of these unfortunate titles. Read on why.
At the first glance this game looks incredibly kiddy. The famous tennis players we know from real life, like Federer or Henin, are replaced by a bunch of super happy characters that would fit right in some Japanese manga-comic. But don’t let this facade of way too colorful figures and cheery noises fool you because underneath lies a solid game.
The main aspect of a sports game is of course the gameplay and I must say that in this game, everything runs very smoothly. If you ever played Smash Court Tennis: Pro Tournament 2, you’ll get the controls down very quickly. For less experienced gamers there’s also a training mode wich allows you to learn the controls in an interactive way. Once you’re down with the basic handling, you’re ready for the real thing.
The real thing is, as you probably guessed, the career mode. At first you only can choose between a few characters but as you progress you’ll unlock more opponents wich you have to defeat in order to gain control over them. The first characters are slow, don’t hit hard and are therefor ideal for starting players. Once the characters get better and faster they also require more precision to win matches. A downside is that it’s impossible to create your own mini-you, something that other consoles and games do have.
Fortunately the possibiliy to play against human opponents isn’t missing. However, you’re not able to play against your friends over the internet but I don’t think anyone will miss this option as the game’s strong points are fun and fast action. There are also some options that can make matches a little bit more challenging, fun or fair.
That’s actually just one of the features that give away the target of this game, wich is mostly mainstream gamers (duh!) and also the children. Another feat are the translations that go together with the easy controls to make this game very accessable for children. And maybe they’ll get inspired to go outside and play some tennis for real, who knows.
In retrospect we can conclude that developer Clap Hanz did an exellent job of porting it’s Everybody’s Golf concept onto the game of tennis. I wouldn’t call this game an ace, but it’s defenately a winning serve.