By Richard Jewell
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on December 9th, 2016 on Xbox One
Developer: 10tons Ltd. Publisher: 10tons Ltd.
Tennis in the Face is the prequel to a previous game from 10tons, Baseball Riot and stars former professional tennis player Pete Pagassi. Having lost his career due to an addiction to a mega-popular energy drink called Explodz, Pagassi enters rehab to clean up his act. Once rehabilitated, Pagassi vows to destroy Explodz and free the city from its vile influence. Sticking with what he knows best, he grabs his trusty tennis racket and gets down to business by applying balls to faces. To get to the Explodz factory, he will need to do battle a variety of enemies throughout over a hundred levels across 8 city districts.
Now it’s time to get to know the unlucky people standing between Pete and his mission of vengeance. Explodz addicted clowns, businessmen, and hipsters are basic enemies who can be easily taken out with minimal effort. Who you need to watch out for are the others. Corrupt cops in riot gear come prepared with a shield that breaks after taking one hit, the best thing to do is hit them from behind. Wolfspirit Bros are basically Dungeons and Dragons nerds hopped up on Explodz. They also have shields. However, their shields cannot be destroyed and they deflect the tennis balls, they also require a cheap shot from behind to knock them out. Scientists are the worst. They wear full hazmat suits that fully protect them, so they require one hit to destroy the suit, and another to take them out of action completely. Expodz junkies are not the only thing you need to worry about!
The graphic style is nice and goofy, with funny looking characters that just cry out “smash me in the face!” The sound effects, whether it be the nervous heartbeat of Pete when he launches his last ball or the hilarious noises his enemies make when knocked around, are pretty enjoyable. Unfortunately, while the background music works well enough for the game in the beginning, it is a bit limited. A little more variety here would have been good. Overall, Tennis in the Face is a good game for a quick pick up and play, though the mileage may vary depending on the person. You can tell by games like this that 10tons loves what it does, and I hope to see more from them in the future.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for purpose of the review.
Final Score: 6/10
+Fun gameplay mechanics
+Easy to pick up and play
+Loads of humor
+Great price point
-A little light on content