Tennis in The Face
Published and Developed by: 10tons Ltd
Release Date: Out Now
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I think it's safe to assume that 10tons have been the busiest developer this year. The Finnish Devs have released enough games to keep Indie game fans busy for quite some time. Not forgetting to mention that their games are generally well received. This time, it's the turn of Tennis in the Face to get to grips with, which follows a very similar formula to Baseball Riot.
You assume the role of Peter Pagassi. Wonder who that's a name play on. Shouldn't be too hard for most people. The concept is simple, use tennis balls or cans of a fizzy soda drink to hit people with to complete the level. But to add some trickery, platforms, glass, vending machines and an assortment of objects to interact with that can set off chain reactions to destroy most items within a level, and you have what can be described as a rather fun game. Given the difficulty in most 10tons games, Tennis in the Face is relatively easy and won't present too much of a challenge.
The layout of the world hub is strikingly similar to recent title King Oddball. Ok, it's pretty much an exact copy. But it works and makes navigating the level selection a breeze. Completing a level unlocks those around it, so level order is really down to which levels you unlock first. Speaking of levels, there are over 100 served up for you Tennis in the Face antics.
The story, yes there is a story, is the evil corporate monster company Explodz has a grip on the city and its your job to save the citizens. Nestled away in the game is a level where you have to defeat the 10tons team as well. This is achievement related, so make sure to get this done. The characters you for range from a Hazmat suit wearing professor, riot police, a Where's Wally/Waldo lookalike and more. Ragdoll physics are in full effect and depending on where the ball strikes them, this dictates how they react. It is possible to create chain reactions and earn you a crown for your trouble. Not that you need to earn a crown on every level to proceed.
Story: The evil corporation must be destroyed saving the city. Nothing groundbreaking in all honesty, but this doesn't detect from the fun involved in taking down Explodz as you smash tennis balls and cans of Explodz around the levels. It's quite therapeutic really. Short narrative between levels and districts progress the minimalistic story. Which is a good thing as it allows you to keep plugging away.
Music/FX: A rock soundtrack greets you at the Main Menu, and fits the game well. Nothing that you would recognise however, but still good enough for those who prefer that genre. Tennis balls being served, the smacks as the hit people, glass and other objects are spot on.
Gameplay: Very easy to use, as in you could play one handed if need be. Aim the target reticule, and press the button to serve. Then watch as you create mayhem. As simple as it can get.
Replayability: Tennis in the Face will last as long as it takes you to complete it really. The asking price is a major selling point, and given that it doesnt ask too much of you, it will be a fairly simple 1000g to add to your gamertag. A shortish grind will be required.
Achievements: Thankfully, you won't need to get a perfect score on every level. There are a couple that may be frustrating will be defeating 10tons team and 100 bounces. Luckily there are guides in place for every achievement should you just be out for the 1000g. Grinding out 1,000,000 points on the main menu. But you can just idle boost this. All in all, a relatively straightforward completion with well thought out achievements.
A copy was provided for review purposes.