updated 12:30 am EDT, Thu March 12, 2009
Smash Tennis for Mac
Macgames.org has launched an arcade-style tennis game for Mac, Smashing Tennis. The game is designed with a 2D environment and claims to offer realistic physics for simulation of ball flight trajectories, while sound effects are recorded from actual tennis matches. Smashing Tennis features several court surfaces such as grass, clay, and hard decoturf, along with a number of difficulty modes including easy, hard, training, and tournament. The game also offers both a single-player and multiplayer functions.
Each court offers unique characteristics, with the grass court enabling fast performance, skidding and low bouncing. The clay surface shows the slowest speed but highest bounce, while the hard court provides medium speeds and gives a slight advantage to fast- and hard-hitting players.
Coinciding with the court features, each difficulty or game mode also provides different abilities. Easy mode disables the up- and down-cursor for simpler control, while the hard mode requires users to control every aspect of the character's movement. Training mode is used to help players get used to the game skills and refine their moves and shots.
Smash Tennis is currently available as a free-trial download, or priced at $10 to purchase.