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Super Tennis

title:Super Tennis
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download page:link
license:trial
genre:Sports
developer:VIPgameszone
platform:Windows
release:2004
features:sound
last edit by:Dark

Description

In the relatively short existance of VIPgameszone comes now the 6th game of this developer: Super Tennis. Super Tennis is a tennis game, based on its predecessor Crazy Tennis but with some very interesting new features.

In Super Tennis you can choose to play against the computer or to compete with a partner over the internet.
The computer player mode offers several options. You can choose the difficulty level, you can use spoken help, you can save and load the game. The computer will imitate your opponent. The developers claim to have used some nifty algorithms for the artifical intelligence of the computer opponent, as well as realistic physics.
Playing Super Tennis against the computer is not really a realistic tennis game. This is the first thing you notice when you select a difficulty level other than "easy". If you select "normal" you'll suddenly find yourself playing with 2 balls! With "hard", 3 balls are active, "super" activates 4 balls and "insane" has 5 balls in play at the same time. In a real tennis game you have of course only one ball to hit.

The game mainly revolves around hitting all the balls that coming towards you. You use the enter key to serve the ball. The computer will return the ball and you will hear this ball. You must pan the ball to the centre of the screen. Use left and right arrow keys for this purpose. Use down arrow key + left or right arrow key to speed up your movement. The game also supports the use of a joystick. If the ball is right in front of you, you can return it. If the ball isn't right in front of you and you try to return it, you'll hear the fail to hit sound, if you fail to hit the ball three times, the computer earns the point.

You can hit a ball towards a specific target. Use left ctrl key or delete or left alt to return the ball from the left to the right. Use right ctrl key or page down or right alt to return the ball from the right to the left. Use space bar or the end key to return the ball right back. If you use different keys it will be more difficult for the computer to return the ball and you have more chances to earn points. But if you are on the left side of the game field and use right ctrl key, the ball will be out of the field and you lose your current ball. If you are on the right side of the game field and use the left ctrl key, you lose your current ball too. If a ball you return and the computer misses it, you will earn points. The game uses the standard tennis score count system.

There are 3 sounds that help you move on the game field. You'll hear a left side sound when you are near the left corner of the game field. You'll hear a right side sound when you are near the right corner of the game field. You'll hear a middle sound when you are in the middle of the game field. This way you can tell on what side of the court you are.
From time to time you will fall down. If you hear the fall down sound you
must use the up arrow key to rise to one's feet, then you can continue your movement or return the ball. You can use 3 different keys to return the ball.

One of the main attractions is of course the multiplayer support. This means that you can play with a real partner over the internet. Connecting to the partner is relatively easy. When you log on, you'll recieve a lists of other people that are online and waiting. Select one of them and you're off!
Playing Super Tennis against a real opponent looks alot more like a realistic tennis game. There's only one ball which bounces between you and your opponent. If the ball moves from you to your opponent, the volume of the ball sound will decrease. If the ball moves from your opponent to you, its volume will increase.
In the beginning of the match the program will choose randomly who will serve. As with when playing the computer, use the same 3 keys or the alternate keys to return the ball. Every time that you successfully hit the ball, the ball speeds up, so you and your partner have less time to return the ball. This sounds like a technique similar to the one used in the arcade classic Pong. Unfortunately it is not possible to set the speed with which you return the ball, like you do with the angle.

Super Tennis offers a free text messenger with which you can send text messages to your opponent. The messages are text-based and you'll need a seperate screenreader or the SAPI engine to hear the messages from your partner. The game also supports the use of a surround sound system (although it is unclear in what way it influences the gameplay?). If you haven't got a surround sound system you can still play this game too but you need a stereo sound system.

All in all, Super Tennis is an audio game that gives you a sensation of playing something that's in between tennis, pong and Crazy Tennis. Realistic or not, this game is fun. The match against the computer can basically be compared to Crazy Tennis. But playing against a real opponent over the Internet is where the strength of this game lies.
Some things can still be improved, like controlling your own ball-return speed and maybe even add movement on the y-axis (which is relatively easy since the game seems to use a first-person view). But the developers have done an amazing job and we can only advice everyone to try this game now!

The following review has been written by Karl:

"Vipgameszone have released Super Tennis. It is a very fun game, with multiplayer capability. It attempts to make a somewhat realistic impression of real tennis, but with a few extra twists to make it more accessible, and more interesting. For instance, the ball bounces toward you, rather than coming at you through the air. Also, there is no net to worry about. On higher difficulties, you get multiple balls on the field which adds an extra challenge.
It is also possible to play with other people over the internet, but only if you have the registered version. The game has an excellent text messenger, so you can chat with your partner during the game. The ability to play against another person, in my opinion, is one of this game's best features. There is only one ball at any time, but the ball gets faster, the longer it is in play.
This game is very fun, and adds a new variety of games to the accessible games arena. The controls are simple, and it is slow moving enough on easy that anyone should be able to master it with a little practice, yet it provides challenge for even advanced players on the top difficulties."

Version 1.1 now has a lot of modifications and features based on suggestions of players:

  • You won't fall down as much as in the previous version.
  • You won't lose the match if the game's score in the current set is 6 : 6. If the game's score is 6 : 6 it will change and the game's score will be 5 : 5. The current game number will be 11. It will continue until one of the partners will earn the set with a score 7 : 5. This situation will emulate tie-break (although it makes me wonder why not use a real tie-break?)
  • You can control the volume of the crowd sounds
  • You can change the speed of the ball in the first level, "Play with the computer" only.
  • You can increase and decrease echo of the sounds on the court.
  • Many modifications in the connection dialog.
  • Save and load features

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There is also a French version of Super Tennis. You can find it here.


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