Tennis in the Face - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

December 09, 2014

Also on:

PS4 PS3 PS Vita

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Also on UK.
6.0

Summary:

Tennis in the Face will see players help former tennis star Pete Pagassi save the city from an evil energy drink corporation Explodz. Knock out creepy clowns, corrupt riot police and other Explodz-addicted maniacs with a tennis ball in the face. Bounce the ball off walls to reach targets lurking in cover and watch them tumble hilariously. Trigger masterful chain reactions and watch the chaos unfold. Win levels to move to the next district and towards your ultimate goal: The destruction of Explodz mega-factory. Try to earn a crown from each level.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • 10tons Ltd
  • Publisher(s):
    • 10tons Ltd
  • Distributor(s):
    • PlayStation Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • December 9, 2014
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Teen
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 37.9MB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 3 Hours
  • Number of Level(s):
    • 100+
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Posted:
2015-09-03

Jamie_Hall

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PS4

6.0

Tennis in the Face comes our way via the developers at 10tons LTD. The title was created for iOS operating systems, the PS4 and PS3, as well as the PS Vita. We picked up a copy for our PS4 and decided to leap into this peculiar little game. We were initially thrown off by the admittedly odd title but we soon found that this was truly an odd game for people who like odd things, and not tennis in particular. Sure there are the Roddick like headbands and the good old tennis rackets but there is so much more going on here than meets the eye. Keep on reading to see if this title is an ace or just another whiff.

In a typical game of tennis you’ll have anywhere between 2 and 4 players on the clay at any given time. The goal is to serve the ball into the appropriate side of the court, volley back and forth, and eventually land a scoring shot. After enough scoring shots you get to call yourself a winner, shake hands, and then do it all over again. This is literally nothing like Tennis in the Face. In Tennis in the Face your goal is to cause harm and devastation to the people that 'ruined' your professional playing career. You are Peter Pagassi (Andre Agassi, anyone?) and you became addicted to the Explodz soft drink in such an extreme fashion that he was no longer able to compete. To make matters worse everyone else in the city has become addicted to the drink! So now in order to exact his revenge, Pagassi must ace his way through baddie after baddie by serving some hot shots right to their faces.

Upon booting up Tennis in the Face you will quickly see where this game draws its influences from. Despite being on the PS4 the game unabashedly pulls from the 2D mobile app market that has been blowing up for the past few years. In every way except for the literal art style the game resembles Angry Birds. Pete Pagassi starts up in one corner of the level and he stares down a map full of moving actors, explosive items, and different obstacles to make his serve as difficult as possible. Your goal is to destroy everything in front of you by using a physics system and your handy tennis balls.

So where does Tennis in the Face begin to stand on its own accord? Well, for the most part in Angry Birds you fire your shot and then sit and wait. In Tennis in the Face you can fire off multiple shots and let them all do damage at the same time. Your targets, by the way, are all pretty colorful. You’ll be fighting soda obsessed clowns, cops, hipsters, lab techs, and even PR guys for the Slurm like company. If you play long enough you’ll find yourself in a map filled with caricatures of the actual development team at 10tons. Seeing any of the aforementioned baddies go flying across the level is pretty enjoyable, especially when they ragdoll into other enemies and cause a chain reaction.

You have all of your adventures in the not so quaint town of Oddington. The art in the background looks like something out of Dexter’s Laboratory or some other '00s Cartoon Network oddity. The levels grow harder progressively as you play the game and in true mobile app style they can still be solved with a few moves. At first the different puzzles, because that’s what they are, can be deciphered at a glance. But as you go further on you start to realize that luck and intense focus begin to play bigger and bigger parts. To make things a little bit easier as you play you will get access to cans of Explodz which, if you can believe it, explode. These bombs help you to chain together more damage in levels that require absolute mayhem to be unleashed.

Oddington is split into a Metro Map that showcases 8 different districts with up to 13 levels in each district. In order to beat a level you want to use the minimum number of serves as possible, much like Angry Birds. You’ll earn points, medals, and crowns based on how well you finish the level. The more crowns you win the more things you’ll unlock later in the game. Scores are racked up and accounted toward online leaderboards, creating a competitive reason to try and be the best at any given time.

Looking at how the game plays you can pretty easily guess that this used to be a mobile title and that would be correct. In 2013, 10tons dropped the game on Android and iOS and it’s pretty clear what we have here is an upscaled version of that same experience. Walking along that same concept we can quickly come to the conclusion as to why the content seems so thin in the game. Outside of the escalating difficulty it is pretty clear that the first few levels showcase everything you are likely to get from the experience.

Still there are some positives to take out of what is a rather thin title, content wise. The game is colorfully made and each level decorated with enough chaos so that your eye is always catching on something new. We really dug the Explodz angle that the game took and appreciated all of the tennis related humor and puns. While this is not a sports title there did seem to be moments where we felt skilled for accomplishing a particularly tough shot. On the whole the experience was rather focused and that is a pretty big deal for an indie developer. A lot of times these upscaled re-releases tend to go overboard in order to try and 'sell them' in a new way. Instead, 10tons stuck with what made the original an iOS hit and for that we are thankful.

Tennis in the Face is a small title with a few hour’s worth of content, easy. Not a bad purchase but not revolutionary either. We enjoy the game as an 'on the go' title for the Vita but think you can pass on it for the PS4.

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