Cynical Gamer – Tennis In the Face
Developer: 10tons Ltd.
Publisher: 10tons Ltd.
Genre: Physics Based Puzzler
Platforms: PSVITA (reviewed on), PS3, PS4, Android, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Bada, Symbian
The iPhone app market has brought with it over the past several years an ocean of rubbish app titles. With whatever value you may get from a few select games, the market has created both a handful of commercially successful games and an ocean of utter crap Whether being crippled with pay-to-play models, frequent advertisement pop-ins (or just simply going by the fact the game is terrible), its a mess of a marketplace and that has just as much mediocre titles as what you’d expect from the Wii party genre library.
But more often then enough, you eventually comes across a game like Tennis in the Face, a game that narrowly avoids falling into the pit of apple obscurity, by simply having the bloody thing ported to every possible smartphone app service you could think of.
And like an illegal immigrant escaping over to the boarders of Mexico, the app somehow made its way to the PlayStation Network as well.
You play as Pete Pagassi, a former tennis player who’s career hit rock bottom after being faced with an addiction from an energy drink called Explodz. After surviving rehab – and supposedly having his ASADA charges dropped – Pagassi decides to go on a one-man crusade to rid the world from this evil corporation and their energy drink. Armed with only his racket and tennis balls, you play through over a hundred levels or so, as you take out clowns, riot police and other supposed trainspotting-like addicts in the bid to stopping this evil company once and for all.
Now putting aside that’s its abundantly clear that players coming into Tennis in the Face aren’t in it for its inspiring narration: I suppose its best to look at its very concept, more so than its story.
Now what it is you may ask? Well like Angry Birds and King Oddball, its a physics based puzzler to which you play as a tennis player who is up against an army of clowns and police officers high on energy drinks.
Sounds cool right?
Yeah that’s what I thought. In all seriousness though, for a game that prides itself in “hilariously” knocking over opponents, the very idea of playing as a John McEnroe clone in taking out a bunch of clowns: is just inspiring as watching a fish drown on dry land.
But if you’ve found yourself immediately lost on the very concept, be sure to check out the visuals too.
From the moment I looked at this game, I hated the design. Nothing about the visuals – or even more notably about the animations – is appealing. Backgrounds are dull to look at, character designs are generic and enemies are boring and repetitive. The very animation was especially annoying to look at. I’ve seen better production value from high-school flash animations then what I have with this.
But being bashful on the games narration and visuals shouldn’t be all there is for Tennis in the Face.
After all, its game. And we should focus a little more on the merits of the gameplay itself.
Aside from it being painfully average to every other physics based puzzler out there on the market, the gameplay is really the only saving grace for Tennis in the Face. However just like its dreary visuals and depressing soundtrack, it wears out its welcome quick. Unless you play in short segments, you’re in serious risk in falling into a coma out of pure boredom.
Putting this on consoles was a big mistake, and this game screams ‘iPhone App!’ more so then a game.
Buying this game and expecting a redeemable purchase is like going to see Dumb and Dumber To and expecting that to be funny. Tennis in the Face takes what every other 2D physics based puzzler apps does, and presents that in the most boring possible way.