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Master SystemWimbledon Championship Tennis
is a basic, serious tennis game. Aside from the title, you won't find anything licensed in here. So, no Edberg in the roster, but a guy called "Ekberg". The tennis players have three attributes (Speed
, and Skill
) and are divided into three classes (Ground Stroker
, All Rounder,
and Net Player
). There is a total of 16 players in this game, supposedly all male. Since the game only gives their surnames and no gender, this topic is open for debate. In the game itself, they are differentiated only by the color of their clothing.
The game offers three types of floor. A looped animation of a bouncing ball allows the player to gauge the effect on the gameplay beforehand. The lawn
is the fastest of the three, the Hard
is neutral, and Clay
slows down the ball. The impact on the gameplay is quite noticeable.
Speaking of options, there are two basic modes. The Tour Mode is a series of bracket-based tournaments. You get to create your own tennis player in this mode, but aside from the name and the three stats there is no further customization. There are no difficulty levels per se, but the game gets progressively harder. This is also a pure single player experience, so doubling up with another player in Tour Mode is not possible. There is also the Free Match Mode which offers all kinds of singles and doubles. The CPU can fill out all slots and is actually not that bad of a double partner.
One thing that can be said about the gameplay itself is that it's really, really fast. The players are zipping about at incredible speeds, making this a somewhat frantic tennis game. The two action buttons correspond to a lob and a normal shot respectively. As with any tennis game, positioning is key. In this case, it's a little harder because you can overshoot the ball quite easily, given the absurd running speed.
Graphically, this game looks pretty nice for the SMS. The player sprites are nicely animated, including the "Becker Hecht" and win/lose animations. The ball is clearly visible at all times and there is neither sprite flickering nor noticeable slowdown. SFX and music are also well done, although listening to flashy rock 'n' roll during the matches might not be everyone's cup of tea.