Table tennis is a great game…but on the
computer it is just frustrating….
I have to admit this is a great game, but it can get a
little frustrating. First
of all, this is nothing like playing real table tennis (I am
actually good at real table tennis), and when you are playing the
game it seems as if it is impossible to gain a point, because your
computer opponent seems to be “perfect” (no matter which level
of difficulty you choose). After
playing it for like an hour, I got only 2 points total.
When you go to start the game, you first have to choose an
attack style. All
this is, is the way you hit the ball, however, I have noticed that
the “Pen Shot” attack seems to be the best attack.
After that, everything is the same as in real table tennis.
serves the ball (by clicking their mouse), and then the opponent
hits the ball back to the server, and so and so on.
As for how the game is controlled, it is all done via your
mouse. You can move
by moving your mouse, and you can swing by clicking your mouse.
Finally, you aim by making sure the ball is within one of
your two target’s circles.
This may sound easy, but it isn’t…
The graphics are great for a free game, and furthermore,
the graphics are in 3D. While
playing the game, you will notice that you seem to be in a gym of
some sort (note the basket ball hoops)…the only thing is…why
in the world would you be playing table tennis in the middle of a
gym? Finally, I must
note that if you set the graphics mode to simple, you will not see
the “scenery” and your character and your opponent’s
character will look like a wire-framed sculpture.
However, unless your computer is a tad slow, you probably
won’t have to use the Simple Graphics Mode.
Not only are the graphics exceptional, but the sound too.
There is no music in the game, but the sound effects seem
very realistic. Additionally,
you will notice that the left and right sound channel’s sound
correspond to where the ball goes, making it even more realistic
(in a surround sound like effect).
The one-player game against the computers didn’t arouse
too many problems, but the Internet Game caused a ton of problems.
After trying to play the online version of the game with my
moderator on the Cybernet Resources Forums, it crashed every time.
Additionally, when it did work for about 5 minutes, the lag
was to the extreme, and after the first serve, neither of us were
able to serve again. However,
this will not downgrade my opinion of the game in any way since I
have dial-up, and for the point that it says the Internet Mode is
still under development.
In conclusion, this is one great free game that will keep you busy for hours. The download may be a hefty 6.84MB, but is definitely worth it.