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Sports Heads Tennis Open - Taking tennis stars' big-headedness to a new level of literal
Professing in the Art of Fickle
There’s nothing more effective at giving an entire nation an excuse to place their hopes in one person than an international sporting event. Most of Britain couldn’t give two orang-utans about most sports throughout the year, but if one of the nation’s teams looks like they may win something, suddenly everyone loses their minds! Oh, so Andy Murray won Wimbledon once? Please Britain, tell me more about what it is to be good at tennis because last time I checked, Britain was eager to call him Scottish until it looked like he might win something, and suddenly he’s a wholehearted British everyman; I bet Switzerland had unwavering support for Federer even before his victories. Few things in this world are as fickle as a nation’s relationship with sport, but I’ve happened upon a jolly distraction to help ease my annoyance, and it comes in the form of Sports Heads Tennis Open. Straight-up tennis is too obvious for the mighty Mousebreaker, so they’ve given it their usual massive-headed, quick-fire twist with flashes of arcade style. Sorry Virtua Tennis, your simulation days are over, my friend.
Complacent or Just Big-Headed?
If you’re after some straight-laced tennis action that doesn’t get jokes and likes to starch its shirt every morning, then you may have more success with a game like Tennis Champions because Sports Heads Tennis open is a game that doesn’t take the sport too seriously. The action is comprised of simple tennis matches played from a side-on perspective in which you and an opposing player duke it out in the usual tennis manner within an enclosed arena, working up to match point and flailing about the court as you do so. The court in the game is relatively small, however, and the action is much simpler than traditional tennis since it is simply a case of getting the ball over the net and assuring that it makes two consecutive contacts with the floor of the opponent’s area to score the usual 15 points. You use the directional arrows to move your player left and right and also to jump, and the spacebar lets you make your swing. It is pretty much identical to Sports Heads Football, only with a racket and a smaller ball.
More Than Just Tennis
The game departs from traditional tennis even further with the usual Sports Heads upgrades available for collecting or getting hold of through the hacked edition, that is if you manage to hit the ball at them as they appear randomly in the air during matches that is. Power ups range from the beneficial kind that do things like increase the size of the ball, make it bouncier, or freeze your opponent in place right through to similar power-ups that have negative consequences for you along the lines of bombs falling from the sky, being shrunk, and having your jump restricted. Upgrades can also be applied between matches, letting you improve your player’s jump, speed, and shot power; you can even choose which player you want to play with from a list of hilarious names that flirt with copyright infringement (Andy Mary and Roger Federal are my favourites).In all, the game is the usual Sports Heads experience, only a little more tennis-flavoured and therefore most relevant to the recently-concluded Wimbledon. This game puts a delightfully silly twist on the sport, though I remain steadfast in my diagnosis of sport in general as fickle, and some big heads flailing about the court aren’t going to change that.