1. Great Courts 2
Great Courts 2 was released in 1991. Published and developed by Blue Byte Software GmbH, this tennis title allows players to customize their own character. This is done by distributing points such as backhand, forehand and speed to determine the how effective they are at each of the available skills. These abilities may be improved later on by winning matches in the tournaments.
The game offers several types of tournaments. There are ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tournaments as well as the Davis Cup. Doing well in these matches earns the player some prize money. In order to practice and get used to the control scheme, players may head over to the game's training mode to make use of a ball machine, It has different settings which emulate different types of shots.
Aside from single player mode, the game has multiplayer co-op. This allows players to team up against the AI in a doubles match. Friends can also play a training match against each other to practice in training mode.
2. Pro Tennis Tour 2
Released in 1991, Pro Tennis Tour 2 allows players to create their very own character. This is done at the start of the game where would-be virtual tennis champs divide a set amount of points into the abilities they wish to be effective at using. These skills may be enhanced later on as players progress through the game and win some matches.
The game offers all of the ATP tourneys as well as the Davis Cup. There are both one on one and doubles matches wherein fans may play co-op with a friend. There's also a training mode which offers both solo training against a ball machine and multiplayer which lets two people practice at the same time. Additionally, the ball machine has various settings to let people practice against different kinds of shots.
3. Advantage Tennis
Published and developed by Infogrames Europe, Advantage Tennis is a sports simulation game which makes use of third-person camera view. It was released in 1991 and it combines a 3D-like court with 2D characters. It features both exhibition and training modes as well as a full season to play. Playing a season pits fans against various tennis champs in various courts across the globe. The idea here is to go up the world ranking using a customized character. Customization has to do with the percentages set for skills such as smashes and backhands. A pair of special moves (like ""through the legs"" or athletic dives) may also be set prior to each match.
4. Tennis Cup II
Loriciel's Tennis Cup II was released back in 1992. It is a sports sim which goes against convention and uses its own set of rules. This isn't your average tennis title as It recreates things such as break points and tie-breakers. The camera follows behind the active player in third-person view. It offers various tourneys such as Masters matches, Grand Slam tennis events and even an ATP Cup.
The game offers both single-player mode and co-op mode (singles and doubles) with the latter shown in split screen view. Doubles matches may be played and finished in one set or it can be played across three or five sets. Player abilities may be allocated across different skills to suit different play styles. There are four different kinds of courts to play in, namely, grass, hard, clay and quick. Aside from single matches, it is possible to practice using the in-game ball machine.
5. Tennis Cup
Published by Electronic Zoo and developed by Loriciel, Tennis Cup was released back in 1990 for the Amiga. It makes use of a split-screen view making use of a third-person perspective. It features several play modes, specifically, exhibition matches (both singles and doubles), the Davis Cup, several Grand Slam tourneys as well as a training mode. There are three difficulty levels to suit all types of fans as well as four court types to play on.
To begin the game, the player gets to choose the character from among 32 tennis champs. He may also create his very own character by distributing 30 points across different abilities (Service, Forehand, Backhand and Volleys). It is possible to save characters to disk in order to keep their progress. Opponents in exhibition matches may also be created in the same fashion. The game features several hit types and these depend on both timing and current position. Ball direction may also be changed depending on the type of shot.
6. Pro Tennis Tour
Also known as Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour, Pro Tennis Tour was developed by Blue Byte Software and published by Ubisoft. What sets it apart from other tennis titles is that it is a licensed title endorsed by tennis legend Jimmy Connors himself. It offers tournaments and single play modes as well as multiple types of courts.
The game is pretty is easy to learn. Using the crosshair, the player aims the ball towards the opposite court before hitting it. He earns a point if he hits an ace and, if not, he gets ready to return the ball. Rinse and repeat these, altering the speed and direction of the ball in order to score points until the match is won.
7. Mikro Mortal Tennis
Released in 1996, Mikro Mortal Tennis is a top-down sports sim published by CPU Italian Systems. It was fully developed by a small indie team in Italy called Skywards Software and is recognized as one of the funniest tennis titles in the Amiga. The secret to its success is that it incorporates fighting game elements into the tried and tested tennis formula. It's got a sense humour lacking in many sports games now, never mind tennis apart from the odd title such as big head tennis game.
Nevertheless, the goal in its single player mode is to defeat a slew of rivals as the player character treks up a vertical panning mountain. Instead of just going for regular tennis shots, there are a variety of special moves the player can use. If that's not enough, fireballs and missiles are also on offer. Winning against all enemies rewards players with a trophy which acts as the dimensional key needed according to the game's storyline.
8. Super Tennis Champs
Developed by Mental Software, Super Tennis Champs is a sports simulation title released in 1995. It offers single matches, a league, tournaments as well as Grand Slam events. It may be enjoyed both solo or with two people in doubles matches. There are three types of court available (Clay, Hard and Grass) and these play a role in determining the speed and direction of a ball and impact the overall game play.
Though in general, the controls are designed for veterans of the genre, it is possible to make them more accessible for beginners. The game is typical to the standards consistently shown in today's Virtua Tennis by Sega.To be specific, Super Tennis Champs has a control scheme which assists in serving. They may also go for an athlete which complements their play style. There are 16 characters to choose from and each one makes use of a different play style. One of them for instance, has a speed advantage and has an excellent back hand.
9. International Tennis
International Tennis is published and developed by Zeppelin Games and released in 1992. This sports sim allows up to four people to play using several match setups. It is possible to play men only singles in five sets, all women's in three sets or to mix it up on doubles. Tournament participants may be composed of people, a combination of AI and human players or even go for just a CPU versus CPU exhibition match. There are three types of courts available (grass, asphalt and clay) and these affect ball bounce.
Tie-break is a top-down tennis sim developed and published by Starbyte Software. Released in 1990, this licensed title features a unique game play style wherein players are solely in control of shot selection and not the character's motion. From standard shots with topspin to stop volleys, there are many types available, depending on the chosen direction.
Singles matches support up to 16 participants. This includes most of the major global tourneys. There's the Roland Garros, the Davis Cup, Masters events, the Wimbledon and several Grand Slam events held at Melbourne.
The wealth of tennis titles in the Amiga is sure to please virtual tennis fans regardless of their skill level. Realistic games such as Super Tennis Champs and Pro Tennis Tour endorsed by the great Jimmy Connors himself are sure to please genre veterans. Those who are new to sports sims will also enjoy games like Mikro Mortal Tennis which combines fighting game elements with good ol' tennis to create a unique, Mortal Kombat-esque experience.
On the other hand if you're looking for something just a tad rebellious, Tennis Cup II lets you throw out the rule book as it recreates tennis standards and truly makes the sport its own. Unlike other sports titles, a few of these tennis games make use of different control schemes. Tie-break, for instance, gives you free reign when it comes to shot selection but not the character direction. Regardless what your preference, your sure to find one, two or all games on this list right up your alley.