Reviewed by Inkhands
Ever wanted to play in Wimbeldon, but didn't feel like doing
all the hard work it takes to get there?
Hmm...right...anyway....this is a tennis game. In this
tennis game you are supposedly playing in probably the most
famous tennis tournament of the world - Wimbeldon. You'd
never really know it by playing it or looking at it, but
take the game's word for it. You are Wimbeldon. Really you
You really only have two modes in this game. An exhibition
mode in which you can play singles or doubles for 1 to 4
players. The other mode is the tournament mode where you
play against seven other players for the title. Only
seven...that's right. Whereas the real Wimbeldon has 60+
players completing in it, but who's really counting.
Basically you have 24 players total to choose from in this
game. There are 12 men and 12 women. None of these players
are actual real life players, only made up ones. Either than
or they changed the names to protect the innocent.
Hmm....All these players have their own stat sheet. They are
divided into one of three categories - base liner, net
player, or an all round player. They have a total of 10
levels. The higher the level the higher their points are in
their ability column. Up to 10 points per ability. The
abilities are Serve Power, Forehand Power and control,
backhand power and control, and footwork. You also see if
they are left or right handed and what kind of topspin they
You choose either manual or semi-auto for the control of
your player. You also have some other options for the game.
Color signal, dynamic sizing, locus display, timing chime,
and bound pointer. These do such things as color the tennis
ball and show the path the ball will take after every
I personally didn't like the control setup of this game.
There is only one court and it's a grass court so the ball
doesn't have much of a bounce. This makes getting contact
with the ball after that first bounce harder as it tends to
lay very low on the ground. Also this game suffers from that
"the player ran into the ball and it hit him in the head"
syndrome. Move the wrong way and your player won't even to
swing at the ball, he or she will be too sidetracked by
getting knocked in the head with hit. The control is not a
good point to the game.
Neither is the graphics. The graphics are the same graphics
that can be found in many tennis games. Players that all
look, move, and act alike. There is little sound in this
game, per usual for a tennis game. Just music between plays.
The sound is the bouncing of the ball on the court, but for
some reason I actually like the sound of the ball hitting
the court and the rackets. More than I usually care for the
effects in tennis games.
The challenge in this game is kind of high, because it does
take a while to get into the groove of this game. The lack
of bounce makes shots more difficult to get to. Also the
players all start out at pretty low levels in terms of their
Fun Factor and Replay Value. Almost all tennis games are
pretty fun to me, but unfortunately they tend to be about
average or a little above average overall. This one is no
exception, but it still how a decent amount of enjoyment. As
for replaying this game....the game doesn't offer a lot of
options. So that really hurts the replay value of the game.
Overall - Not to compare games here...I truly hate to
compare games, but this isn't the best tennis game on the
Genesis. In fact the one that is much better is ATP Tennis.
Why is that game better than this one? It has more players,
you can create up to four of your own players, it has a full
tennis tour made up of about 10 tournaments. This one has
none of those options. So sure this game isn't as deep as
that one, but this game offers far from a mediocre
experience. If you like tennis games this one might be worth
taking at least a look at. If however you want to only buy
just one really good tennis title for the Genesis, look at
ATP Tennis instead. So maybe this isn't the best, but it
isn't a bad game either. I wouldn't really recommend
purchasing this game, but of course you don't have to take
my word for it. It's your money.
Graphics - 6/10
Sound - 5/10
Control - 5/10
Challenge - 7/10
Fun Factor - 6/10
Gameplay - 7/10
Replay Value - 5/10
Overall - 6/10