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Loriciel * £25.99

Tennis Cup 2 Ohmigosh! Quick, hide! It's another tennis game!!! This offering is a reworking of their 1990 release (surprisingly titled Tennis Cup). All the best features are retained - sampled spot effects, digitised speech for scoring, and split-screen mode for two players, but some new ones have been added such as better character animation and more user-friendly options.

The game comes on two disks, which must be constantly swapped even if you have two disk drives. This process is tedious, and spoils the otherwise excellent presentation. I thought programmers would have learned by now that Amiga users HATE UNNECESSARY DISK SWAPPING! There, I've said it. There are a number of tennis games available en the Amiga and most of them are good; Tennis Cup 2 is an excellent addition to the list. It's great fun to play, especially in two-player mode with a split screen, and it has a large variety of options. However, if you already own any self-respecting tennis game, than this one will probably not be enough of an improvement to make you part with the necessaries.
Andy Nuttall

Amiga Format Issue 38, September 1992, p.93

Verdict: 80%


As oder Aas?

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Neben Ranglistenführer "Great Courts 2" hat auch Loriciels über zwei Jahre alter Tennis-Klassiker immer noch einen guten Ruf bei den Amiga-Cracks. Der kann sich beim gründlich Uberarbeiteten Nachfolger ja eigentlich nur verbessern – oder?

Tennis Cup 2 Der weiße Sport wird natürlich auch hier nicht neu erfunden, Tennis Cup 2 ist eine grundsolide Simulation, garniert von Optionen in Hülle und Fülle. So hat man die Wahl zwischen Schaukampf, Demo-, Turnier- und einem aufwendig gemachten Trainingsmodus; es gibt Einzel und Doppel, vier Platztypen (Rasen, Hartbelag, Asche und "schneller" Kunststoff), zuschaltbare Schiedsrichter, einen "Radarschirm" mit Sicht von oben oder seitlich, sowie den obligatorischen Zwei-Spieler-Modus. Sowohl die Spielgeschwindigkeit als auch die Anzahl der Sätze ist einstellbar, der Computer unterstützt Faulpelze auf Wünsch beim Laufen und Schlagen, und im Unterschied zum Vorgänger wird außer dem altbekannten Splitscreen jetzt auch eine Vollcourt-Variante angeboten. Schließlich soll der Editor nicht unerwähnt bleiben, wo sich durch entsprechendes Punkte-Verteilen die Stärken und Schwächen des eigenen Cracks wie auch der Gegner verändern lassen.

Das Geschehen am Platz kann mit der Options-Flut leider nicht ganz mithalten: Die Steuerung gibt sich etwas unsportlich und spricht leicht verzögert an, die Grafik ist zwar bunt und detailliert, dafür wirken die Animationen ein bißchen ruckelig. Nach dem Verklingen der Titelmusik herrscht Ruhe am Platz, unterbrochen wird sie nur von gelegentlichen Digi-Kommentaren, Beifallsgetöse und kräftigen "Plopps". Fazit: Die Vormachtstellung von "Great Courts 2" bleibt ungefährdet, der aufgemöbelte Oldtimer kommt nur bis ins Halbfinale. (pb)

Amiga Joker, September 1992, p.98

TENNIS CUP 2
(LORICIEL)
TENNIS - SIMULATION
69%
"RECHT ORDENTLICH"
Amiga Joker
GRAFIK
ANIMATION
MUSIK
SOUND-FX
HANDHABUNG
DAUERSPAß
73%
61%
38%
69%
62%
73%
VARIABEL
PREIS DM 99,-
SPEICHERBEDARF
DISKS/ZWEITFLOPPY
HD-INSTALLATION
SPEICHERBAR
DEUTSCH
512 KB
2/NEIN
NEIN
SPIELSTÄNDE: 1
ANLEITUNG


Tennis Cup 2 logo

What about tennis puns here? No? OK.

Publisher: Loriciel
Price: £25.99
Authors: Clement Lyeyemi (Development), Dominique Sablons (Design), Michel Winogradoff (Sound)
Release: Out Now

F Tennis Cup 2 ar be it from the French to take defeat in one of their beloved sports lying down. Their great tennis hero Henri Leconte may once again have missed out in the major tournaments, but that does not stop them hitting back with Tennis Cup 2.

TC2 (as its best friends get to call it) throws you straight into the atmosphere of the professional tennis circuit. You are represented by an animated tennis player who arrives at the tennis club armed with kitbag and rackets. It is very modern, very up market – you can almost smell it. Graphically it is top-notch, and throughout gameplay, animation is just as good. Consequently my first impressions were good.

After your player has signed in at the reception desk, which also doubles up as the bar for refreshments, you have a number of choices. These options have been ingeniously drawn into the tennis club entrance hall – it is well laid-out and realistic. On the main screen above you is the announcement of your match. To go straight into the match just walk your player through the doors and onto the court.
Alternatively you can choose to watch a demo on the wall-mounted screen, or check out the opposite side of the tennis club foyer where you will find the entrance doors to the training section. By walking your player through these doors you can choose to train with either a ball thrower or with a teacher.

In terms of content then, it seems that the game could not offer much more, but what about its mechanics, the essentials that make or break a good sports simulation? Your first introduction to the control system if yu are wise, is the practise option. Tennis 2’s control system is the same as Pro Tennis Tour - press the fire button to prepare a shot, then release it to hit the ball – but somehow, it is easier to get to grips with. The ball will be sent in a direction corresponding to that of the joystick. It sounds simple, but as any tennis player knows it is all in the timing… Certainly you will have to spend a lot of time in training before the control system can be mastered for a match.
Once you have got the hang of play control, there is a chance to learn specific shots with an on screen animated teacher. The training system is comprehensive, but then it needs to be.

If you feel confident enough to go out and do battle on the court, the menu screen offers a wide variety of options for your game. Choose, for instance, the number of sets (one, three or five), the game speed (slow, medium, fast) and the court type (clay, quick, hard or grass). With a two player option you can play singles or doubles and go on to play international tournaments – eight are offered, plus four David Cups and the Masters.

So there is certainly a lot of scope, and once on court you will find this a fairly realistic tennis simulation right down to line calls and authentic match sound effects. Where it does lose out is in the length of time it takes to redraw and load again between points. This is frustrating and silly, and really gets in the way of the smoothness and fluidity of the gameplay.
MATTHEW SQUIRES

Amiga Power, Issue 17, September 1992, p.75

THE BOTTOM LINE
Good animation and graphics combine with an above average control system and plenty of useful options, making this one of the better tennis simulations. The control system does, however, take time to master and the loading between points is slow and frustrating.
72

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