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World Court Tennis is a tennis game with a twist. The action itself features no big surprises: the players control their characters over the scrolling tennis field and try to counter balls from their opponents. It is possible to perform typical tennis actions like cross, smash or lob and the hit performance depends on the timing.

However, the unique feature of this game is a story mode which takes various elements from Japanese role-playing games. The story involves an evil king who banned all tennis matches outside of membership courts. The player goes out to overthrow the king so tennis can be brought back to everyone. So the player explores a top-down world map reminiscent of Dragon Warrior, explores the surrounding and fights enemies. Those fights are either random encounters or scripted boss battles and play out as regular tennis matches.

The overall goal is to find all membership courts and defeat the inhabitants. Because of this, the game does not end when defeated; the player gets dragged to the king and has to pay a penalty fee. Money is the only resource and is earned by defeating enemies. It is used to buy updated equipment: shoes improve speed, rackets improve power and shirts help to evade random encounters. The game is no RPG, however, because there is no actual character development.


World Court Tennis TurboGrafx-16 Title Screen
World Court Tennis TurboGrafx-16 Main Menu

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Player One Oct, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Power Play Dec, 1988 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jul, 1989 895 out of 1000 90
Video Games Dec, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Tilt Mar, 1990 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1989 10 out of 12 83


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  • Commodore User
    • Issue 76/1990 – Class of 89
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 – Best TurboGrafx-16 Game in 1989

Patrick Bregger (260649) added World Court Tennis (TurboGrafx-16) on Nov 03, 2011