TennisSolo: Written & Video iPhone Game App Review
Tennis lovers, you are no doubt familiar with the game so common there isn’t even a name for it, where you bounce your tennis ball on your racquet up into the air, catching it again on your racquet over and over again as many times as you can. That’s the kind of action you’re in for in TennisSolo, a new game of precision and balance by Anix.
While the game I just described isn’t horribly complex, it is somewhat hard to put into words. Check the video review for a real life glimpse at yours truly tearing it up with TennisSolo.
The simple game really does require some sort of balance and skill. It’s also deceptively simple, in the best kind of way. This is the kind of game that’s easy to pick up and play anywhere, and it’s so darn addictive and easy to keep playing that before you know it you’re hundreds of bounces in to an epic match with plenty of emotions invested in the fate of a tennis ball.
There’s also a few cool features that round out the app, like GameCenter integration, a local leader board where you can tell how far you’ve come, and even something called the Sharapova Effect. If you’re worried your next shot will fall off the racquet, ending the game, scream at your iPhone. Go ahead. Do it. Your high pitched scream will cause the racquet to expand, filling the screen and saving your shot. I found this feature a bit intermittently useful, and once I realized I needed it, it was usually too late to get it to work.
Layout & Design:
There are three unique styles of racquet and ball in TennisSolo, so no matter what your favorite type is, odds are there might be something here for you. The three-dimensional feel of this app is pretty special, and it is just so darn easy to play that you’re bound to get caught up.
My one complain about this app’s user interface is that there’s no direct way to get from the end of a game to the app’s main screen. You can start another game, pause it, and get to options or the home page from there, but it seems odd that the only options at the end of a game are to share your score via Twitter or Facebook, or start another round with a single touch. On the one hand, this is a brilliant move by game developers to keep you playing. On the other hand, it’s a tad annoying.
The endless, bouncy action of TennisSolo can be yours at the low, low price of… nothing. That’s right! At the time of review, TennisSolo was available free of charge to download and enjoy. There aren’t even any advertisements. How’s that for a solid value?
TennisSolo iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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