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Information - Tennis

GenreSports - TennisYear1998
LanguageMachine LanguagePublisher[no publisher]
ControlsJagpad, KeyboardDistributor-
Players1, 1 vs. 2DeveloperReservoir Gods
ResolutionVGA / RGBLicensed from-

Cleveland, Ed / Bauer, Christian
O'Reilly, Leon [Mr. Pink]

CountryUnited Kingdom
Graphic Artist(s)

Dempsey, Kevin [SH3-RG / Sparehead 3]

Game design


Box / InstructionsEnglish


LicensePD / Freeware / Shareware
Sound FX


Cover Artist(s)ST Type? / 4MB
Dumpdownload atari Tennis Download / Zip-packed folderNumber of Disks? / ? / HD Installable

Instructions - Tennis


                                G O D L E N E S



Ah, tennis. Young ladies in  the  park,  nothing  for underwear, bending over to
pick up their balls. Marvellous.

If you though Tennis was invented by  Athena  in  order to sell tacky posters of
girls with itchy  behinds,  you  are  probably  right.  However,  the  people at
Nintendo showed a wilful lack of imagination when naming this title.

The place: Tokyo, 1983. A group of  highly paid advertising executives have been
handed a lucrative contract by Nintendo.  Their  mission  - to devise a name for
the forthcoming NES tennis game.

"Quiet chaps!" orders Nigel Blithemond-Smythe. "Any ideas?"
"How about 'Cocaine Death Orgy Ball Massacre?'" A voice pipes up.
"Too cliched Conrad, too dull. This isn't  a game for pensioners its supposed to
be a game for kids. We want  something  that  says 'action' that says 'fun' that
says 'futuristic'. We something  that  will  get  respect  from  the kids on the
streets, the gangs of L.A. and the drug dealing guerillas of Colombia. We need a
tough street name, with attitude and  panache.  It  has  to have style and edge.
Something fresh and new. Come on chaps, any ideas?"

There is a pained silence.

"Come on now, you aren't on thirty grand an hour for nothing. Ideas!"

The sound of papers being nervously shuffled.

"We haven't got all day!"

A small cough. Then a small ginger haired man in a brown suit speaks.

"Erm, how about, I know this is quite controversial, but how about 'Tennis'?"

A tense silence follows. Then the chairman speaks.

"That is absolutely  brilliant  Egbert!  Sensational!  Post-modern yet powerful!
Superb! Nintendo will shower us with bonuses! Champagne and charlie all round!"

We leave the creative world of marketing men to return to reality.

Tennis is a game involving a ball,  a  net  and  a racquet. If you have seen the
English players at Wimbledon you probably still have no idea how to play it.

A quick resume:

When you serve, make sure the ball lands in the box diagonally opposite.
Don't try and volley your opponents serve.
In a doubles game the full court is used.

On the opening screen you can marvel at the rendered 'TENNIS' logo.
Press option to toggle between SINGLE and DOUBLE game.
Press pause to start.

The in game keys are:

A - Fast Shot
B - Lob

The direction on the ball you hit is something to do with the angle at which you
stand to it and when you hit it. Haven't quite worked this out yet.

There are 5 levels of play.
In level 1  everything  moves  very  slowly  and  the  opposition are completely
incompetent. This is also known as Jeremy Bates mode.
On the top level everything whizzes  around  the screen like Chinese athletes on
'herbal' medicines.

It's probably best to start on  the  lower  levels  and get used to the controls
before going for the bigger challenge of the later levels.

 by Tim 'Useless' Henman

Some people think that us tennis  players are just overpaid undertalented spoilt
public school brats. This is totally wrong!  Its  so unfair! Anyway we earn much
more than you so we don't care about your smelly views!

Sorry, got a bit carried away there. I'm here to show that tennis players really
do have a sense of humour. We can  show  the Mark Thomas's of this world a thing
or two about cutting edge comedy! Here goes...

I'm sure you will 'love' tennis!  Perhaps  you  downloaded it off the inter-net.
When you score a point, don't make too  much of a 'racquet'. You certainly won't
be able to find a 'fault'  with  it!  It  is  all 'set' to become another 'smash
hit'! It is the 'game'  you  have  been  waiting  for!  No other tennis game can
'match' this one! Tennis is 'ace'!

Will that do?

(That's enough crap tennis jokes. -ED)

                                 TRAINER MODES

Hold on, you can't train tennis! Well we have!

--[ COMP CAN'T SCORE ]----------------------------------------------------------

In this mode the computer player never  gets  any points. Don't worry if you hit
your ball into the net or out  of  bounds  or miss it completely as the computer
will never get any score. You score as normal.

--[ ONE POINT WIN ]-------------------------------------------------------------

Also known as 'We Bribed The Umpire'  mode.  You  just need one scoring point to
win each game! You start each game at  40-0  so you get nice advantage over your
opponent. Obviously if it goes to deuce  then  you will need more than one point
to win.

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