Tennis in the Face iOS review

Tennis in the Face iOS reviewA little research reveals that developer 10tons has something like a gajillion games on the App Store, including the excellent Joining Hands – which was one of the first games I reviewed when I picked up my iPad.

As such, my expectations for Tennis in the Face were pretty high. But are we talking a straight sets victory, or a, uhm, double fault?

The answer, unfortunately, is the latter. While Joining Hands was a fairly original little puzzler, Tennis in the Face is the kind of game I would’ve expected to meet circa 2010.

Essentially, with Tennis in the Face, we’ve got what’s probably now considered an old school “physics-based” destruct-a-thon, wherein you have a fixed number of projectiles with which to wipe out the targets. It’s pretty generic.

Specifically, we have tennis balls that – to be fair – bounce around quite nicely, either until they hit something or run out of steam. Tennis in the face also has exploding cans of Explodz.

Tennis in the Face iOS review

What the heck is Explodz? Good question. It’s an addictive “evil energy drink” responsible for the decline of protagonist Pete Pagassi’s career, and the citizens are unfortunately under its spell.

In order to save the day, Pete is tasked with running around the city hitting people in the face with tennis balls. Makes perfect sense to me.

Tennis in the Face’s plus points (there aren’t many, I’m afraid) include the number of levels (100+), ragdoll physics, and – as boasted on the App Store description – slow motion level finales. Ahem.

On the downside, there’s very little variety in Tennis in the Face, the level design feels quite uninspiring, and the entry fee is a whopping £1.99. For that price, you could pick up a top-tier physics-based game like Angry Birds Star Wars – and two others. Sorry, 10tons. Just saying.


  • 100+ levels
  • Ragdoll physics
  • Er, slow motion level finales


  • Not much variety
  • Uninspiring level design
  • It costs £1.99

Summary: Tennis in the Face is a fairly run of the mill physics-based title, which might’ve impressed back in 2010. Alas, it’s 2013.

Developer: 10tons

Price: £1.99 @ App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Tennis in the Face iOS review

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:15

Clearly an idea that seemed good while drunk...


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