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Palace Software
1990
Sport: Action
£9.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Eugene Lacey
Chris Bourne

Total 3D experience from Palace.

Here Palace up the stakes with a revolutionary new system which rotates and tilts the court as you make your shots.

There is a price to be paid for this enhancement, however - the players turn out to be wire-frame stick-people of indeterminate sex.

But the benefits more than outweigh the limitations. It enables you to have much more control over the ball - including top spin and back spin - and to get into and enjoy those rallies to a much greater extent.

The game features lots of other options and extra's - as you would expect from programmers Sensible Software (Microprose Soccer, Wizball). There are four skill levels to play against an opponent, or the computer: Amateur, Semi-Pro, Pro and Ace. Ace is where all game play options are switched on - it's also quicker, with a greater variety of shots at your disposal and - most importantly - you are also playing for money.

The money side of things provides for a sub game of some merit. You have to decide which tournaments to compete in and work out your likelihood of taking home a cash prize if all of the serious money is riding on the winner and runner up.

3D International Tennis represents the most innovative approach to computer tennis for years. This is praiseworthy in itself but what is even better is that all of its radical ideas are made to work. Highly playable and addictive.

3/5