Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
No prizes for guessing what this one's all about! If you hate Boris Becker, don't like tennis, or just can't stand sport sims, you may as well stop reading now 'cause this cart has lashings of the lot (well, except Boris - he's not in it at all).
Basically, it's you against the computer, either as a single opponent, or with a chum in a doubles match against the Sega and its split personality. The game follows real tennis rules, although scoring and umpiring is automatic, so you don't have to worry about the finer details too much.
During play, you have a limited selection of shots at your disposal dependant upon what the ball is doing. You make a ground stroke once the ball has bounced; a volley when the ball hasn't bounced; a smash when returning a high lob; and a lob itself. The direction of the shot depends upon the direction of the ball and your position on court.
There are a number of options to alter the characteristics of the computer opponent and speed of the game, so that you can customise things to suit. However, it’s always a three set, grass court match. Take it or leave it!
(Image caption) Having a quick bash at doubles in Super Tennis
The title 'Super' is a bit misleading, since Super Tennis is actually borderline naff.
It has several major flaws, not least of which is the lack of tactical variety: you can’t direct the shot to any huge degree, or put spin on, or tap a gentle drop shot over the net. As such, it tends to be repetitive in play - you just knock the ball back and forth until someone cocks up.
Visually it's... well... tennis. It's not too disappointing, although the players look a bit gormless. Sound, though, is really crap. There's a stupid whoopy noise accompanying a high lob, and other spot effects are harsh and unrealistic.
If you're desperate for a tennis game, get the far superior Tennis Ace - you won’t regret it.
A ho-hum sports sim. OK for a quick knock around, but its many faults soon start to niggle.