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I love tennis as a sport, the skill, the atmosphere, the womens outfits. Having played Top Spin Tennis and Sega Tennis I have to say this game is definitely up there.

The graphics are pretty good, while the screen size and detail is not amazing, the developers have done a good job. The loading and menu pics are nicely done with a cool background to them. In game the players sprites aren't that large but this makes for a really nice looking court with believable players. The AI opponents aren't that distinguishable but you are definitely playing as Maria. A little more detail would have been nice, although the pics you can unlock are very well done. the ball also looks good and the animation and ball physics have been created with a lot of care. The players run smoothly and return serve smoothly and the ball responds well.

The sound is not bad either, a nice tune when you load the game and in the game you have the sound effects of play (when hitting, chipping etc). There is no audience participation and no sound effects between matches, which, for me anyway, is a minor gripe.

The controls are reasonable for a tennis game. There are two settings which is great! Most phone games barely have one setting. You can use the directional pad to move around and the key pad for your shots or you can just use the key pad full stop. There are a choice of shots with a standard return, lob or drop shot depending on which you'd prefer. For the serves, there is a directional bar and then a power bar you have to press. There is sight aftertouch on the serves and in the rallies the longer you hold down the return button the more powerful (but sometimes less accurate) the return will be. Movement in the game is key and you get the hang of it pretty early on. There is a good instructions section for the controls and you can change the settings in the options.

The gameplay is great. The game plays really well and the more you play it the more you are able to make those tough shots and the more addicted you get. I played it through for 2 days solid to finish the game. There are two modes, quick play and career tour. In quick play you can play in either a singles or doubles game, choose the difficulty level, number of games and playing surface. In career tour you have to progress through the season and have four different opens to play (one is on grass, one on clay, one on a hardcourt.....does this sound familiar to anyone?) each getting harder than the last. The more you play the game, the better you will get and after one tour mode you should be hitting those returns down the line in no time. The positioning is key in the game and the earlier you get to where the shot will be, the sooner you can press the return you want, therefore the power will be greater and hopefully the shot will be a winner. Also there are pictures to unlock of Maria as you progress through career tour (no, I know what you're thinking, they're not THOSE kind of pictures of Maria). You accumulate money throughout the tour although with no online connectivity, this is just so you can rub your friends in it. The game is great fun to play.

The lastability is not bad. The game has the two modes and the quick play should keep you entertained for quite a while. The career tour is more palatable to most serious gamers tastes and you can save up to five different tours. You can't save mid match and once your tour is over you can't go back and win the cups you lost out on, but this shouldn't matter too much as not only do you get better as the game goes on, but the game also gets more fun. Even though there is no network function, you can suspend and resume the game and you can save your progress between matches on career mode.

Overall a great tennis game, just in time for those finals at the All England Lawn and Tennis Association later this year.

Maria Sharapova Tennis
 

Maria Sharapova Tennis

ESRB: Everyone - E
Platform: Wireless Devices
Category: n/a
 
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I love tennis as a sport, the skill, the atmosphere, the womens outfits. Having played Top Spin Tennis and Sega Tennis I have to say this game is definitely up there. The graphics are pretty good, while the screen size and detail is not amazing, the developers have done a good job. The loading and menu pics are nicely done with a cool background to them. In game the players sprites aren't that large but this makes for a really nice looking court with believable players. The AI opponents aren't that distinguishable but you are definitely playing as Maria. A little more detail would have been nice, although the pics you can unlock are very well done. the ball also looks good and the animation and ball physics have been created with a lot of care. The players run smoothly and return serve smoothly and the ball responds well. The sound is not bad either, a nice tune when you load the game and in the game you have the sound effects of play (when hitting, chipping etc). There is no audience participation and no sound effects between matches, which, for me anyway, is a minor gripe. The controls are reasonable for a tennis game. There are two settings which is great! Most phone games barely have one setting. You can use the directional pad to move around and the key pad for your shots or you can just use the key pad full stop. There are a choice of shots with a standard return, lob or drop shot depending on which you'd prefer. For the serves, there is a directional bar and then a power bar you have to press. There is sight aftertouch on the serves and in the rallies the longer you hold down the return button the more powerful (but sometimes less accurate) the return will be. Movement in the game is key and you get the hang of it pretty early on. There is a good instructions section for the controls and you can change the settings in the options. The gameplay is great. The game plays really well and the more you play it the more you are able to make those tough shots and the more addicted you get. I played it through for 2 days solid to finish the game. There are two modes, quick play and career tour. In quick play you can play in either a singles or doubles game, choose the difficulty level, number of games and playing surface. In career tour you have to progress through the season and have four different opens to play (one is on grass, one on clay, one on a hardcourt.....does this sound familiar to anyone?) each getting harder than the last. The more you play the game, the better you will get and after one tour mode you should be hitting those returns down the line in no time. The positioning is key in the game and the earlier you get to where the shot will be, the sooner you can press the return you want, therefore the power will be greater and hopefully the shot will be a winner. Also there are pictures to unlock of Maria as you progress through career tour (no, I know what you're thinking, they're not THOSE kind of pictures of Maria). You accumulate money throughout the tour although with no online connectivity, this is just so you can rub your friends in it. The game is great fun to play. The lastability is not bad. The game has the two modes and the quick play should keep you entertained for quite a while. The career tour is more palatable to most serious gamers tastes and you can save up to five different tours. You can't save mid match and once your tour is over you can't go back and win the cups you lost out on, but this shouldn't matter too much as not only do you get better as the game goes on, but the game also gets more fun. Even though there is no network function, you can suspend and resume the game and you can save your progress between matches on career mode. Overall a great tennis game, just in time for those finals at the All England Lawn and Tennis Association later this year.
 
 

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