On Court Tennis (Activision) Review | Computer & Video Games - Everygamegoing


On Court Tennis
By Activision
Commodore 64

Published in Computer & Video Games #46

On Court Tennis

Anyone for tennis? There's nothing like a five set centre court thriller to get the adrenalin flowing.

And second best to the real thing has to be Activision's On Court Tennis.

Everything is here for the tennis enthusiast. Realism is the key word.

The view of the court is the same as you get on television coverage of tennis. There's a choice between one or two players, different playing surfaces - grass, hard court or clay - and a choice between three and five set matches.

There is also a choice of four players modelled on real tennis champions.

The joystick gives full control over racquet strokes, serves and smashes. It also triggers off your player's service. Pressing the fire button sends the ball across into the opponent's court - if you are lucky, of course - but the serve may go out of court or into the net.

When a rally is underway, the computer automatically moves your player to the ball allowing you just to concentrate on the shot.

A special feature of the game is the "floating intelligence" which lets the computer player vary his skill with yours. As you get better, so does he.

On-Court Tennis is an absorbing game. As with the real game, it requires practice to get anywhere but the effort is well worthwhile. It's the only way you ever win.

Game, set and match to Activision.