Timber Tennis: Versus Review
People normally do not associate lumberjacks, chefs, and aliens with the game of tennis, but these characters all come together in Digital Melody and Crunching Koalas’ new game Timber Tennis: Versus. Though this arcade-style sports game is accessible, it proves to be too simplistic for its own good.
Timber Tennis: Versus Review
The rules of tennis have been changed up in Timber Tennis: Versus. Sets are thrown out the window – rather, players earn a point for getting the ball past your opponent and the first to a set number of points wins. There’s also a lack of control in this title – both your character and opponent stand squarely in the back of the court, and can only move to the left or the right. Everything is locked into five different “squares,” and even swinging is done automatically by positioning your character. It comes across as far too basic, feeling more like a Flash game than anything of depth.
To spice things up, a number of presents containing power-ups randomly spawn. These tweaks make the game far too unfair, with some offering a distinct advantage over others. A paint bomb just obfuscates a small section of the playfield, while a “frostball” freezes the opponent for far too long. The small playfield and large range of attacks means that it is impossible to miss these projectiles without missing the ball as well. There is a distinct lack of balancing, one that relies far more on luck than skill.
It’s not like those going solo will have much trouble against the AI. Even on the most difficult settings, the computer will go out of its way to navigate to the opposite side of the court, away from the ball. There are not a lot of choices either – both your opponent and the stage are chosen at random, and the skirmish mode only allows players to choose between one, three, five, or eight points. A tournament mode with different difficulty settings is also available, but its simple “first to five” setup gets repetitive when facing multiple opponents in succession.
Both local and online multiplayer with crossplay are available, but we were unable to find anybody as of this writing. We do appreciate how both private and ranked functionality has been included.
Those looking to see all of what Timber Tennis: Versus has to offer will have to grind for coins. Offered at the end of each match, players can unlock dozens of characters and different balls with this currently. Everything is purely cosmetic, but the fact that the majority of the game requires players to unlock the content is a major turn off for more casual players looking for variety.
Timber Tennis: Versus takes far too many liberties with the game of tennis to be enjoyable. Its simple control scheme may be easy to learn, but it proves to be far too basic for both casual and hardcore gamers.
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