Review One Tap Tennis
Become the one-tap champ!
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 22 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Simple but compelling gameplay, constant progression, doesn’t spam you with ads
Gameplay may feel too simplistic
After spending a ton of time with One Tap Tennis for Android, I don’t think I could describe it any better than its name does. Speaking of which, holy tennis, Batman! This is a really good game.
As soon as I began downloading this game, I had a suspicion that this was going to be pretty good. As it was loading in, Seeing EA’s name on it made me have a brief flash of regret, but I’m surprised to announce that this game is awesome. It really is a one-touch tennis game. If I were to break the game down to its most basic form, it is basically just a game where you tap when a power meter hits a certain spot. But the developers behind the game cleverly hid the mechanic by building the entire aesthetic around it.
So you play as a tennis player (big surprise) that is making his or her way through tournaments around the world. The structure of each tournament is pretty simple: You have to win every match, no two ways about it. If you lose one of them then you go all the way back to the beginning. If you win then you’ll move on to the next one and will eventually unlock world rankings.
The gameplay is almost painfully simple but in the best way possible. When the ball is hit next to you, where it lands will be highlighted different colors at different distances with where the ball impacts being the middle. Tapping the screen when it hits the middle will get you the most points, but you can hit it at any point as long as the ball is in the highlighted colored areas and return the ball.
Where One Tap Tennis loses points for perhaps being too simple, it makes up for with the amount of things to unlock and the constant feeling of progression. I’d make the argument that the simple but flawless gameplay is what really makes this game standout among other arcade games because everything feels masterfully done.