Tennis Open 2020
Developer: Inlogic Software
Publisher: Forever Entertainment
Genre: Sports, Arcade, Simulation
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Age Rating: PEGI 3
Release Date: 19/03/2020
Price: £8.99 – Currently on offer for £4.49
A code was provided for review purposes.
Tennis Open 2020 on the Nintendo Switch is a port of the mobile game of the same name. Developed by Inlogic Software and published by Forever Entertainment S.A it was released on the 19th of March 2020. While I had to look up Inlogic, Forever Entertainment is a publisher you can’t seem to escape if you regularly visit the Nintendo eShop. They have a vast number of titles and from what I’ve experienced one or two decent games under their belt. So is this game worth your time and money?
Let’s see what this serves up
Let’s kick things off with the visuals. To put it bluntly, they are bad, like early PS1 era bad. I know this started as a mobile game, but I am playing it on a console and ill judge it such and for a game releasing in 2020 it is terrible. From the bland, flat textures to the hilariously blocky and stiff character models, the game feels outdated in every way. They include names of real tennis players but attached to any of the 6 or so player models that are in the game.
There is no variety in the courts. The crowd looks like cardboard cutouts (not unlike sports events at the moment, so I guess it has that going for it). I can’t say much about the sound design because it’s just as generic as it gets. Compressed audio all over the place makes it sound amateur and shows the conversion from mobile to switch had minimal effort put into it.
So we have established the game is not a looker. So how about the gameplay? Well, I’m sorry to disappoint, but it’s not much better. When it comes to modes and features, there’s a few, but nothing feels any different due to one glaring problem, the controls. Since it was initially designed with a touchscreen in mind, you’d think they would maybe put some effort into changing the controls to fit the console right?
Wrong, they replaced the touchscreen with all of the controls being mapped to the left stick. Push the stick up to serve, push it up again to hit the ball back and push it down for a spike. You can’t control movement, even the angle of the ball feels like it’ll go in that general direction but with no accuracy at all.
The game is very random and incredibly dull because of this. Career mode is just a string of matches with a cash prize at the end, but you’ll be lucky to get to the end of one cup never mind the 12 it gives you to play. You can earn cash to customise your racket and character, but it is such a basic level of customisation it’s not worth it.
Wimbledo or Wimbledon’t?
Overall I went into this hoping for a fun little tennis game, and I came out of it with severe disappointment and just bored to death. The game looks, sounds and feels so bland and it is very much just a quick cash grab. I would personally completely avoid this game and look into the other solid tennis titles on the Switch if that’s what you are looking for.
Rapid Reviews Rating
You can purchase Tennis Open 2020 from the Nintendo eShop.
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