Game Title: Tennis in the Face
Developed By: 10tons Ltd
Published By: 10tons
Released: December 8, 2017
Available On: Mobile, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Puzzle, Sports
ESRB Rating: Everyone for Fantasy Violence
Number of Players: 1 Player
Thank you 10tons for the review copy!
Despite what you think, 10tons doesn’t just put out action, twin stick shooters, they also put out on occasion, casual games. Enter Tennis in the Face, which is a hilarious take on a puzzle game. The premise here is to take revenge on different types of people, in different environments, by hitting them in the face with a tennis ball, which sends them flying with rag doll physics.
You are Pete Pagassi and your goal is to save the city from an evil energy drink company called explodz. You see Pagassi was addicted to that explodz energy drink and has made it his personal mission to take them down. If you drink explodz, watch out, because Pagassi will serve up some justice with a tennis ball to the face. This energy drink and company are evil and ruined Pagassi’s tennis career.
Cops, clowns, hipsters and more will impede your progress, so you will just have to knock them all over. Each section of the map has a different Explodz enthusiast that will block your way of getting to the factory. The setup in every level is different too. It starts of easy enough with some clowns, but it will get harder, with even scientists that have protective suits, or cops that have shields, that require multiple hits to take down. Each level opens with some sort of saying, which is usually hilarious. Each level most be completed with the limited amount of tennis balls or Explodz cans that you have. The goal is to knock down each person in the level, whether that is by a tennis ball, an Explodz can, a body, you name it. If it knocks them over, it counts. Often you will hit the tennis ball and it will bounce of walls, stone slabs, metal and bounce for about ten seconds or so. There are things like glass that stop the ball once it is hit. Often the level design shines, as explosives, cans of tennis balls, or barrels will be spread throughout the level, to help you destroy these explodz fan boys. An example may be that you must throw a can of Explodz that explodes after a few seconds, to blow up a can of tennis balls, that knocks a barrel down on top of your enemy. Some of the levels will be completed by luck, sometimes skill. The physics in the game are fantastic and are fun just to play around with. My two little kids loved playing and just knocking the tennis ball around to see where it would go. You can earn a gold crown in each level, by how many projectiles you used, with the goal amount changing every stage. You do get scored on each level as well, so using as little amount of balls to do the most damage, nets you the most points. You can earn achievements as well, which had some fun goals.
My main issue with the game is with the design of some of the levels. Some levels require the perfect hit, or the physics will not work right, which can be very frustrating after the tenth time. This issue didn’t happen all the time, but when it did, the game became frustrating. Some levels I would try and have to come back to. When coming back to those levels, often it was just random luck that I would beat the level.
The graphics were nice and even looked good on my T.V. Each enemy was distinct and different. The cops would have doughnuts in their hands, and when hit, the doughnuts would fly out of their hand. I know I had played this on mobile before and it’s nice to be able to play this on the big screen, not just on my phone. The music is what you expect, and fits with puzzle theme of the game.
10tons has quickly become one of favorite developers. They create amazing twin stick shooters, with depth, and even know how to make a delightful casual game that is funny. There are not a lot of games that you can just pick up and play for a few mins, and then put away. This fits the bill perfectly and is a blast to play!
Overall Score: 80%