I initially thought this might be a fun little time waster, but now I think this is going to get an old, fat guy into better shape.
I’ve always enjoyed tennis, both watching and playing on my Xbox, but was never able to play in real life because I’m fat and have ♥♥♥♥♥♥ knees and joints. I used to occasionally play racquetball at the gym, but worsening joints, arthritis, bad feet, etc., etc. had me stop that a while ago. I missed it.
So, imagine how happy I was to find that this game simulates the feel of racket sports without the jarring body motion of trying to run back and forth on a court, turning on a dime. You still get body motion since the ball and targets move all around you, but it’s contained within the couple yards of your play space so it’s never too far out of your reach.
I picked this up on a sale for $12, but I would be happy if I had paid the full $20, I think.
Since it is early access (as of the time of this writing), there are things that could be improved and added upon, but it’s pretty solid at the moment (full disclosure, I spent nearly all my time in “Zen Mode” with no timer, penalties, or anything else. Just targets and fun.)
A couple of things that *I* think could be improved:
Ball control seems a bit loose, but that could be my skill level and lack of stamina
I would love to see the ability to slow down the action in Zen mode. If I could open the pause menu and decrease the ball speed by 10%-50%, that would be great! It would allow for a much more “zen” experience for the old people who don’t move as fast as we used to (it would also make for an easy accessibility feature)
Give the user a glass dome and put the dome in some fantastic locations (under the ocean with fish and stuff, on an alien planet in town square, center court Wimbledon, etc.)
Add in a skills mode that forces the user to hit targets with only a forehand, or only a backhand, or only left-handed, etc. These modes could also be used as game modifiers in multiplayer and solo games by adding pickups that occasionally spawn around the arena (smaller targets so some skill is required to hit them)
All in all, I think this game will be a good step towards turning an old, fat guy into an old, less-fat guy because it’s fun, engaging, active, and has that all-important feel of “just one more level”. My hands, arms, and shoulders are a bit sore from my session last night, but I’m still looking forward to playing some more tonight!