Tennis in the Face for Windows Phone 8, not your typical serve and volley

Tennis in the Face is a fun, unique game for your Windows Phone 8 device. It's a tennis game but not in a traditional sense of things.

You play the role of Pete Pagassi in his quest to save the city from the evil grasp of Explodz. You travel around the city map smashing evil minions with tennis balls and exploding soda cans.

Graphics are great, game play challenging and Tennis in the Face is a nice addition to the Windows Phone gaming library.

Tennis in the Face's main menu equals the game's overall uniqueness. You have the tennis racket center screen that will launch you into the game. A 10tons billboard to the left that when tapped will drop icons from the top of the screen to share the game, access the 10tons Facebook and Twitter pages, and the 10tons website. A "More" billboard is sitting to the left that will drop icons to access the game's settings, story boards, credits and player profiles.

Settings cover sound/music levels. Tennis in the Face supports multiple player profiles so you can let friends play the game without losing your progress (a nice touch).

The game itself includes over 100 levels of play that are spread across a city map that is divided into sectors. Each sector has a number of grids where you have to defeat enemy minions of the evil Explodz. Defeat one sector's worth of levels and the adjacent sector becomes unlocked.  Unfortunately the map isn't scrollable and you'll have to bounce your player's icon around to view the different areas of the city map.

Game play has your character, Pete, positioned in various vantage points and the bad guys scattered about the remainder of the screen. Depending on the level of play, you are armed with either three tennis balls, three exploding soda cans or a combination of the two.

To launch either, tap and hold the screen and drag to create a trajectory. When you feel good about your aim, lift your finger to make the shot. Cans of pop will explode once they land and tennis balls will bounce about, taking out multiple enemies. Tennis balls won't bounce off glass barriers or crushed metal. You also have explosives scattered about that when struck by a tennis ball or shrapnel will further the carnage.

There are a handful of enemies that populated the various sectors of the map that includes a clown, policeman, mad scientist, lumberjack kinda fella, and a banker/business man. The policemen are equipped with riot shield and the mad scientist is wearing a haz-mat suit for protection and require multiple hits (or a direct explosion) to take out.

Your earn points as you take out the bad guys earning bonus points for headshots and for using as few tennis balls/soda cans as possible. If you fail, you can always repeat the level or return to the map and try another level.

Tennis in the Face has several side games and a final stage where you take on three bosses spread across multiple levels. Even the About Screen is gaming level where you take out the developers of the game.  As you do, their identity and role is revealed.

Tennis in the Face is from the same developers who bring us King Oddball and shares King's unique concept, excellant animations, and challenging game play. The animations of the enemy characters when struck by the tennis ball is almost comical and as the last character is struck animaton is sent into slow motion for added effect. The only downside to the game is that it takes about three hours to run through all the levels, leaving you wanting more. Luckily, each level can be replayed to let you try to improve your score and hopefully, we'll see more levels come into play with the next update.

There is a trial version available for Tennis in the Face with the full version running $2.99. It's a little on the pricey side but worth trying to see for yourself how much fun this Windows Phone 8 game is.

You can find Tennis in the Face here in the (opens in new tab) Windows Phone Store.

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Thanks for the review. I might give it a try.
  • I'm a fan of his work.  I'm still playing the last one you reviewed, King Oddball. Didn't know I would get this hooked on KO but I did.  Anyway, I'm buying this one just because its a 10Tons release. Looks whimsical and I dig those type of physics games.  Good find George. I just snapped it up.  BTW, did you ever finish King Oddball?
  • Awesome game, a bit easier than King Oddball, imo. And lasts a few hours too. Well worth the money as pretty much anything from 10tons. Used to play their games on my N8 too, one of the few developers that support more platforms than the regular Android/iOS crowd.
  • ^This.   10 Tons develop really nice games; I have Sparkle and Ironworm on my N8.  I have a Lumia 900, so I can't enjoy these games on WP at this time, but I am tempted to fire up my N8 and get this game via the Nokia Store for Symbian.
    Hopefully, they will bring Azkend 2 and Grim Joggers to WP as well, at least by November 2013 because that's when I will be looking to get the newest iteration of the Lumia series device :)
  • +100 on grim joggers
  • If i can get asphalt 7 for a dollar. This is blasphemy!
  • Not every one is a major developer like Gameloft, 10Ton needs to recoup its costs and make a profit, I am happy that they are supporting wp8, geez everyone is so cynical
  • Yeah, I know WHY they have to price the game higher, but it still doesn't justify buying it. I'm going to grab the trial, but I'm more against buying it because the description of gameplay sounded a lot like Angry Brids, which I'm not a fan of.
  • The quality of an incredibly enjoyable game "justifies buying it." It's $1.99 on iOS FWIW.
  • Agreed inside man. If the work is good, I'll pay a few bucks just to keep them around. I want developers like 10Tons to want to continue their work on this platform. We need them and more like them to develop.
  • Agreed, I am almost at the point apps where I have a free trial I want to pay just to support the devs
  • Nice game.
  • I don't know about the game because I haven't played it yet but that game icon is awesome. If the game is anywhere near the level of the icon it should be loads of fun.
  • Only for wp8 Not for
  • I will buy anything from these guys. I have Kind Oddball, TITF and Azkend on my 920 and Azkend 2 and Heroes of Kalevala on my desktop and tablet. I want nothing more than to see more of their titles for WP8.
    One thing- 10tons really knows MUSIC and how to make catchy game music. It doesn't drive you nuts like with Candy Crush; you can tell that they put some thought into it and I always enable music when I start their games up. King Oddball in particular has a tango soundtrack that's fantastic (speaking as a huge Gotan Project fan).
  • No doubt 10Tons has some great games.
  • sweet. very well-designed and entertaining game.
  • Great game,I just bought it.
  • I'm gunna be that guy. I'm so sick of devs building the same 4-5 games with different skins. Good for them for doing what they love, but come on you can't build one original game that isn't a rehash of some other game?
  • Btw, this thing has an awesome medium and large tile. This developer cares about windows phone so much it isn't even funny.