Tennis Critters

By GarageGames Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
With chirpy music and a slightly cheesy start page, Tennis Critters looks at first like another weak attempt to add cute cartoon characters to a mediocre sports game. Upon further review, gameplay and computer AI are both strong, especially in singles, and though it s very easy to pick up and play, subtle control nuances and a moderately challenging computer opponent create an admirable learning curve.

Controls are similar to older console games. Directional buttons position your player, and two main buttons are used for top spin, slice shots, and two types of serves. Two other buttons, lob and dive, can be programmed or performed with a combination of the two main buttons. Since placement and power depend on directional input, a game controller works much better than a keyboard.

The somewhat limited courses and characters (they re all chipmunks!) combine with classic 80s gameplay accompanied by graphics from the same era. All in all, numerous difficulty levels, support for four players, and a small download size add up to a hidden gem for old-school arcade sports fans.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.01

General

Release December 5, 2008
Date Added June 6, 2003
Version 1.01

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP

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Total Downloads 86,716
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Developer's Description

Tennis Critters has simple, easy to learn, and fun tennis action you can play with friends and family or even alone, with three tournament cups to win and 10 difficulty levels to conquer. Experience old-school tennis with a variety of top spins, slices, lobs, desperation dives, and hard-hitting smashes. Play with up to four players on the same machine with a keyboard or joystick, or over the Internet with its built-in network support. With adjustable game speed and difficulty settings, the game can be played at any skill level for casual or experienced gamers.