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T.J. Adcock
1985
Sport: Action
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Ross Holman, Rick Robson, Dougie Bern
Chris Bourne

Rick: Atlantis they say disappeared below the waves without trace. Not unlike McEnroe at Wimbledon! And really this tennis simulation that promises so much, ends up a loser too. Play a few rallies on the opposition simulations before making your mind up.

Mind you, it does have some aces up its sleeve. All the basic facilities of singles tennis are on offer. Matches are of 3 or 5 sets and follow the score patterns of the real McCoy. You can actually toss the ball to serve - until you've mastered the art, its underarm - no wonder superbrat is so often the winner! - but an ace or two is still possible. Direction, curiously, depends on the speed you hit the ball - fast to the left, slow to the right. Combined with lateral movement angles and cross courts can be created - a step up from the old pit-pat over the net.

Master these movements and then progress through the three layers of difficulty - the British tournament (for beginners of course!), then European and World. Though would it've been so hard to actually name tournaments?

Unfortunately, you can't programme yourself or the omnipresent superbrat for different skills or variations in temperament or style so it can take on the monotony of the base-line basher. But it could while away the months until the strawberries and cream are fresh again.

Ross: Tennis? You cannot be serious, man... 5/10

Dougie: An unoriginal idea with an unchallenging game. This one scores no aces with me. 5/10

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