Good solid retro tennis
The tennis genre is not overly burdened with choice, unlike soccer or American football, but classics like Nintendo's Super Tennis or Sega's Virtua Tennis series show what can be done with the sport. While World Tennis Championship is not quite up to these standards, it remains an enjoyable and fast-paced piece of sporting action. As you would hope from a sports sim, there is a reasonable range of options on display here, starting with whether you want to play as a man or woman, and including tournament play, exhibition matches, practice mode and even a full career option. You can even select the colour of the ball! The gameplay itself is fairly standard tennis sim stuff, but this one scores thanks to both its simplicity and its addictiveness. The controls are very easy to pick up, accessible and intuitive, but highly responsive, making it straightforward enough to quickly engage in some pretty exciting rallies that capture the sport's excitement rather well. The characters move around at a fair old pace too, with your opponents putting up a pretty stiff challenge, thanks to some high levels of AI. The many modes on offer also add to the game's longevity and keep you coming back for more, and while the graphics are somewhat dated, lacking in detail, they are smoothly animated, and any visual shortcomings the game has don't really detract from its overall appeal. On the whole, this is a good solid attempt at a tennis game. It's not as slick or visually impressive as Virtua Tennis, but for a sports sim with a retro feel, this is a good bet.