Tennis in the Face Hits Windows Phone 8 in the Store

Cindy Lai
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At $2.99 for windows phone, Tennis in the Face provides a good amount of enjoyment, though it's easy to blast through the first half of the game in a relatively brief period.

When you're looking for instant stress release, chances are you turn to your smartphone for a quick game to get your mind off of whatever it is that's bothering you. The best kind of game for that is the one that's simply fun - it's not necessarily hard, it's just enjoyable to play. 10tons has delivered again, this time they have made their new game ’Tennis In The Face’ available on the Windows Phone Store.

The name says just about everything you need to know: you're lobbing tennis balls at the faces of the enemy, which takes the form of clowns, riot police, hipsters, and hazmat-suited scientists. The game has a degree of Angry Birds-style physics to it, though the tennis balls you - as Pete Pagassi (uh-huh) - are smashing with your racket are certainly going a lot faster than Rovio's sling-shotted birds. Gameplay is straightforward: aim, release, and watch the ball fly.

Points in Tennis in the Face are awarded on hits, with multiple hits with the same ball getting more points, and headshots worth more. There are also obstacles to contend with, including explosives, glass panels, and enemies with shields or armor. But you're Pete Pagassi, that stuff doesn't slow you down or get you down.

The graphics are a little cartoony, but they fit the absurd premise of the app. The items in the game are cool but they just really don’t seem to make much sense together. An energy drink, Explodz, figures prominently into the game, and the enemies aren’t really related. Some of the items really stand out too, like eyeballs that roll around. There are some newspapers that try tie everything together, though.

Overall, Tennis in the Face is fairly easy. There are a few levels that proved to be a little more difficult than others (especially as you approach the end), but by and large gameplay was enjoyable without seeming too easy. It helps that there are dozens and dozens of levels, though we were able to breeze through the first fifty or so without much replay needed. We did our tennis ball-lobbing on an HP Pre3 and for the most part the gameplay was buttery smooth, though the smartphone did struggle to keep up when rapid and explosive chain reactions started going off - thankfully, Tennis in the Face is (with the exception of a handful of levels) a single-fire-at-a-time game where lag can be disappointing but doesn't prevent you from playing the game effectively.

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