Tennis Elbow 2013 Now Available For Linux


Linux?  Chances are you’ve never suffered from Tennis Elbow…

If you’ve ever woken up in the morning with a hankering for a Tennis simulation on Linux, you’ve certainly been disappointed each time.  Until now, the only simulation we’ve ever heard of — and the only one Google has ever heard of — is Free Tennis.  Free Tennis has not been updated since 2005, while I’ve not seen any complaints about it, it does leave a lot to be desired in the graphics department.  Players looking to whack a can-opener or a flat-liner against the opposition will instantly be disappointed by the 1995-era Sega Sports style presentation.  Players square-off on a rotating rectangle and perform their best moves as a series of sprite animations.

Free Tennis give you spot-on Sega Saturn style sports!

Enter Tennis Elbow 2013.  Like most indie applications, its name is punny, light hearted and should not be taken seriously.  Though thankfully, the graphics make a turn for the better and take on more of a Dreamcast Sega-Sports feel –think Tennis 2K2.  Anything Sega inspired is OK with us.  Tennis Elbow 2013 is part of a long series of Tennis games going back to 2004, so this is nothing new.  In fact, the developer is still actively pushing the old versions for discounted rates.  The developer, Mana Games, describes the game like this:

Created by tennis fans, which are regular ranked players, Tennis Elbow 2013 is a tennis game with a fun, realistic gameplay.

Tennis Elbow is the only game that will give you such an impression to be on the court, and will make you feel the emotions of the match with such realism : you will be conquered by the ultra-realistic ball trajectories, the artificial intelligence replicating the players’ behaviour with precision, and the complete range of shots and game situations.

Its intuitive gameplay will let you easily control the player and the ball, and even if you’re not a tennis fan, you will have a lot of pleasure and fun to run and strike balls all around the court, fighting in all games !

And last but not least, with its online mode you could play against other real human players in fantastic online tennis matches !

Ball-US?? I think I’ll look that one up on Urban Dictionary…

The website only lists the requirements for Windows, which are incredibly modest, all things considered.  We would imagine that the Linux requirements would not be far off from this.

  • CPU: 500 MHz Intel Pentium II or equivalent
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Video: 32-MB 3D card
  • 100 MB available hard disk space + 15 MB per saved game
  • Input: Keyboard, Mouse or Joystick
  • 500ms ping for online tennis games

A free demo of the game is available from the developer’s website, but they ask $24.95 for the full version.  Now the only question left is why isn’t this game in the Ubuntu Software Center or Steam for $5?  Do they not like money?


Source | Mana Games

Via | Linux GameCast

Homepage | Mana Games

About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • ManuTOO


    I’m the game author ; the Linux version is listed there (with the Mac version), where you can find the demo & requirements for the Linux version.

    Steam is a no-go so far (Greenlight page is here 😉 ), and version for Ubuntu Software Center may come later, but at the same price.

    • Dean Howell

      Have you considered lowering the price? The game is excellent, and at $5, you might sell a copy to everybody… Also, what about the Humble Bundle?

      • ManuTOO

        Tennis games are mainly a niche market, so lowering the price doesn’t bring much more sales (for example, TE2004 at 25% of TE2013 price & TE2006 at 50% sell almost no copies). If the game was on Steam, I’d do some discounted days, though, to entice non-tennis fans to buy the game, as it’d bring a lot of eyeballs on the game..! 😉
        And Humble Bumble just refused TE2013, I guess it was too much a niche game for them.

        • Tom Nardi

          I understand not lowering the price; this seems like the kind of thing where if somebody is interested enough in it, they are willing to pay. Plus, it’s not as if there is much competition.

          But interested in hearing Humble turned it down. I wasn’t aware they ever denied developers, that’s pretty surprising. I would think anyone who was willing to put their software on sale at a steep discount to help charity would be welcome enough to contribute.

          • ManuTOO

            HumbleBundle gets about 50 games on Bundle per year, while it must have hundreds of decent Indie games released each year, so they must really have the choice to pick the ones they think are best for their Bundle.
            I guess if I can improve the menus & make the game even more user friendly to non-tennis fans, I’ll raise my chances to get my game there…! :)

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