Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis has its issues on Apple Arcade – Destructoid
Tennis…to the “excessive”
You’ll suppose by now Nickelodeon and its guardian firm ViacomCBS would have come round to the concept that video games that includes their hottest IPs ought to be higher than mediocre, proper? I imply, we bought one final 12 months with Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, the cross-over combating sport that gave it its finest shot regardless of clearly missing the funds required to make it a contender. The low-budget high quality of most Nickelodeon video games makes them really feel like relics of a bygone period when each two-bit writer in the marketplace was scooping up as many family-friendly IPs as potential simply so they might make a fast buck squirting out a few video games with a sub-50 Metacritic rating. Regardless of the potential seen in All-Star Brawl, the Nickelodeon and Nicktoons branding remains to be ending up within the palms of builders that aren’t going that additional mile to make one thing particular, and nowhere is that extra evident than with the current launch of Nickelodeon Excessive Tennis.
Nicktoons characters are not any stranger to exhibiting up in genres popularized by Mario and firm. They’ve been in kart racers, celebration video games, platform brawlers, and with the current launch on Apple Arcade, an arcade tennis sport. Developed by Previous Cranium Video games, creators of final 12 months’s surprisingly good Masterchef: Let’s Cook dinner!, the sport brings collectively a handful of Nicktoons for what are billed because the “most Excessive Tennis Matches EVER!” As you may in all probability guess simply by the actual fact this can be a Nickelodeon sport, these matches are removed from something that might be thought of excessive.
As with all Apple Arcade video games, Nickelodeon
Excessive Tennis will be performed on quite a lot of Apple merchandise. I performed totally on my iPad, and in the event you play on both an iPad or iPhone, you’re caught enjoying in Portrait Mode, which is simply an terrible method to play all kinds of video games on an iPad. On these gadgets, the sport has a simple-to-understand, one-finger management scheme. You merely maintain your finger to the digital joystick to maneuver your character across the courtroom, and once they’re in a spot the place the ball will be returned, you goal the shot with the identical joystick. On an iPhone, I think about it’s simple to play with simply your thumb. Not a lot on iPad.
When enjoying on my Apple MacBook, the cellular management scheme is recreated utilizing both a mouse or a touchpad. For no matter motive, the sport doesn’t appear to have an possibility for an precise controller, so I’m fairly interested in how this performs on Apple TV. And not using a bodily controller, I by no means actually really feel like I’m in whole management of my characters. It’s not an enormous hurdle to beat as the sport isn’t too tough and most people I’ve performed on-line thus far are rubbish at it, however my hope for a sport alongside the traces of Mario Tennis Aces was fairly rapidly dashed once I first took management of SpongeBob SquarePants.
It falls even farther from grace whenever you notice that, regardless of being on Apple Arcade, the sport ties its development to concepts from the free-to-play market. There’s a ton of loot to unlock and improve, together with new costumes and rackets. That’s not fully surprising given the way in which the business works lately and participant retention and whatnot, however Nickelodeon
Excessive Tennis goes means past that by proscribing characters, power-ups, and even shot sorts behind your profile stage.
Wish to lob a ball throughout the web? You must attain stage 6 earlier than the sport will allow you to try this. Wish to unlock the Foggy Climate power-up? That gained’t be out there till you attain stage 39. What if you wish to play as Rocko from Rocko’s Trendy Life? Then you definately higher be able to grind this shit out till you attain stage 59.
Like, I get the concept of getting unlockable characters, and I encourage extra video games to have these. However the complete roster exterior of SpongeBob SquarePants is locked away till you increase your profile stage excessive sufficient. Who thought that was a good suggestion? Think about if different sports activities video games did this, like the subsequent Madden releases with solely the New York Jets playable at first till you increase your stage excessive sufficient which you could unlock the Houston Texans.
Making a Nicktoons tennis sport with fan-favorite cartoon characters and Nickelodeon-themed power-ups like Tommy Pickles’s ball or the signature inexperienced slime ought to have been a no brainer. However clearly, just a few extra brains had been wanted within the room the place the massive choices about this sport had been made. It’s on Apple Arcade, individuals. You don’t have to maintain tying these video games to the exploitive concepts that run rampant within the free-to-play market.