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Ping Pong

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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Commodore 64
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3.1
ZX Spectrum
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3.4
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Description

Ping Pong recreates the fast-paced sport of table tennis. To win each match you must get to 10 points with a 2 point lead - if the scores reach 10-9 the game goes on until someone has a 2 point lead or reaches 15, in a similar manner to tennis. There are nine skill levels to beat, with increasing abilities as the game goes on. The human player has the advantage of serving first, and as the serve reverses every five points, you are guaranteed to have more chances to serve than your opponent (remember the significance of 10 and 15 in the scoring). The points system rewards long rallies and large winning margins, as you get points for each hit, for each point won, and for each point of the winning margin.

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Ping Pong Amstrad CPC The high scores
Ping Pong Amstrad CPC Level 1: Love all
Ping Pong ZX Spectrum Title screen.
Ping Pong MSX Game 1

Alternate Titles

  • "Konami's Ping Pong" -- Title on Title Screen

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1986 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1986 7.5 out of 10 75

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Trivia

The game's advertising (see contributed blurb) is written to directly imply that the computer serves first, when this is never the case.
Contributed to by Michael Cassidy (8820), FatherJack (51506), Martin Smith (63132) and koffiepad (10010)