Tennis Elbow 2013

Tennis Elbow 2013


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 19 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0d
File Size:
39.5MB
Date Added:
June 09, 2014
Price:
Free to try (14-day trial); $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
494,539
Downloads Last Week:
264
Product ranking:
#8 in Sports Games
Additional Requirements:
DirectX 8.1 libraries

Editors' review

Tennis Elbow 2009 is an incredibly realistic (and addictive) tennis game. It takes a while to get the hang of things, but once you do, you'll find it hard to stop playing.

The program's interface is not the most intuitive thing we've ever seen, and we found it a little overwhelming. There are a lot of options, and even though it's possible to play the game without knowing anything about tennis, such users won't get nearly as much out of it. We don't suppose it's the responsibility of this game to provide a crash course in tennis, but a glossary or basic explanation of the rules of the game would have been nice. The program does have a long online Help file that explains how the game's features work, but a lot of it won't mean anything to users who don't already have tennis knowledge. That said, the actual gameplay itself is quite impressive. Players are fast and responsive, the graphics are of very good quality, and the sound effects really enhance the experience (although we found it a little demoralizing to have to listen to the audience applaud every time our opponent scored). A guide showing the "danger zone" helps novice players position themselves so that they can actually hit the ball. The creators of this game paid tremendous attention to detail, even allowing players to throw down their rackets in anger. Overall, the game is a lot of fun, and should be pleasantly challenging to users at all levels.

Tennis Elbow 2009 has a 14-day trial period. It installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.

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  • 4 stars

    "Average gaming utility"

    September 27, 2013   |   By David_Parkar

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2013 1.0b

    Pros

    This software has very attractive background sound and animation. It feels good when we play tennis match on its user interface.

    Cons

    Learning tutorial is of no use. Since they are not providing proper guidance.

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  • 3 stars

    "Sometimes fun, often frustrating"

    September 14, 2013   |   By Leadsucker

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2013 1.0b

    Pros

    -Lots of characters and tons of tournaments to play in.
    -Good animations.

    Cons

    -Ridiculously steep learning curve to truly master it
    -Maddening, inconsistent AI
    -Bad graphics, though this didn't bother me too much
    -Speed of characters way too fast an unrealistic

    Summary

    Tennis Elbow is a highly overrated game that's even more frustrating than it is fun. Seriously, in the time it takes you to learn the nuances of this game, you could learn how to play tennis in real life, and I'm not joking. I don't mind a good simulation, but this takes it too far, at least on its default settings: Get set for matches that go anywhere from ten minutes for one set, all the way up to an hour plus for a five-set match.

    My main source of frustration, however, is the AI that feels cheap and disjointed. Volleying opponents at the net take no time to recover, so they can reach all the way in one direction for a ball, then easily reach in the opposite direction to handle your return. Lobs are smashed back with ease, so that's not an option. Character speed on both sides are way too fast, so both you and your opponents can reach balls they should have no business reaching. Hit detection is terrible: Balls that look like they're on the ground or past an opponent are suddenly returned. There seem to be no rhyme or reason for double-faults, which occur even when you put no speed or angle on the second serve, which is supposedly a "100% safe" serve. Granted, double-faults will happen to everyone, but they only seem to happen at pivotal stages of the match. Matches also feel "staged", at least in certain parts, as if you lose a point you should have won, your opponent will sometimes make an immediate, uncharacteristic error as if to give you the point back. Plays feel pre-determined, as opponents go from missing everything and making constant errors, to hitting winners out of nowhere. I understand tennis is a game of momentum, and I could see if maybe the opponent got a second-wind after making an incredible shot, or winning an important volley, but most of the time, it just feels like it starts happening out of nowhere.

    So why come to a site just to write a long-winded complaint? Because the game has lots of potential. When you aim to be a simulation, and force players to play for hours just to get through a single calendar year in-game, then you are open to more minute critique than games that are more arcade-y...that's just a fact. The core of a great game is here, but there are just too many inconsistencies that detract from what could be a fun experience. And I'm sure the game comes with sliders and pages full of options that I could adjust to get the perfect difficulty for me, but that should be the developer's job, not mine.

    With just a few changes, Tennis Elbow could be an excellent tennis sim, but as it stands now it's just way too inconsistent and frustrating to be anywhere near fun.

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  • 3 stars

    "another up/down/left/right game"

    December 10, 2011   |   By eogi

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2011 1.0c

    Pros

    good for my 10 year old to learn the game

    Cons

    It is another up/down/left/game

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  • 5 stars

    "Superb but CLAY Courts required for Free edition to try"

    March 14, 2011   |   By sriniweb

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2011 1.0

    Pros

    Great one no doubt but would like to see CLAY Courts as well with the trial edition how it looks like.

    Cons

    Great job.

    Summary

    Excellent without any bugs and a reliable one better than the 2009 model but should have come out with Clay court trial edition as well.
    Anyway best wishes excellent job done.
    -Thanks
    Srini
    www.SEOFastGuide.com

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  • 4 stars

    "I like tennis games"

    April 13, 2009   |   By 3abo0o0od

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2009 1.0a

    Pros

    it is just simple and nice game

    Cons

    The multi player matches

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Game"

    May 31, 2007   |   By Baldy2

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2006 1.0b - build 35

    Pros

    Iam not a tennis fan,but the Graphics are great. Realistic game play. Give it a try all you Tennis Fans.

    Cons

    NONE

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  • 5 stars

    "its coooooool"

    March 25, 2007   |   By JOVEL

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2006 1.0b - build 27

    Pros

    i like the moves

    Cons

    i like all

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  • 3 stars

    "good stuff for tennis lover.."

    August 29, 2006   |   By fizus

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2006 1.0b

    Pros

    for beginner, its good to play this!

    Cons

    it just trial..

    hope i'll find it out soon

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  • 5 stars

    "nice product"

    August 03, 2006   |   By retheeshkr33

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2006 1.0b

    Pros

    super game

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  • 4 stars

    "Pretty cool game, especially for the file size..."

    August 01, 2006   |   By mcn1197

    Version: Tennis Elbow 2006 1.0b

    Pros

    N/A

    Cons

    Nothing, really

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