Tennis in the Face is a fun little mobile game gone Vita – if you like Angry Birds and mini golf games, this is one to check out.
Tennis in the Face has a silly and simple premise – you control a former tennis champ on a quest for vengeance against the makers of Explodz, an energy drink he blames his career’s downfall on. His name, Pete Pagassi, is of course completely random – it could have been Andre Ampras instead. Though the story is simple, it sets the mood for the rest of the game as knocking down clowns with tennis balls seems like a fitting gameplay style to go with a plot like that.
When it comes to gameplay, Tennis in the Face resembles two game genres in particular: Angry Birds and mini golf. Just like in Angry Birds, your goal is to knock down your enemies with as few shots as possible – complete the level with tennis balls to spare and you’ll score higher. And like in just about any mini golf game, you have to knock the ball around the screen making clever use of bounces and angled corners.
That’s really all there is to it – the concept is simple, intuitive and addictive. You get to apply your skills in about 100 levels and later levels include quite a bit of creative problem solving and also introduce different projectiles, such as energy drinks that explode on impact. Controlling your serves can be done using the Vita’s own controls, or by using the touch screen – much like you would on the game’s mobile cousin.
Tennis in the Face doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking or new, but puts a new twist on a genre that has a lot of loyal followers. If you’re one of them then this is a great way to pass the time if you don’t already own it on a mobile platform.