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.
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 !
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?