Dino Galaxy Tennis (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Play tennis!  With dinosaurs!  In space!  Who thought of this game premise, a five year old?  Well it doesn’t matter, because this game is actually pretty fun!  But it really plays more like Pong or air hockey than tennis.  Dino Galaxy Tennis is available on most current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

In each match, dinosaurs with tennis rackets walk on half of the side of a small planetoid.  They’ll lob a meteor back and forth.  You can use one button to send the ball straightforward and another button to put a bit of spin on it.  When a meter is full, you can press another button to do a special attack which will make the ball go in all sorts of crazy directions to mess up the other player.  You can also dash with the L shoulder button and jump with the R shoulder button.  If you hit a shot while jumping, the meteor will travel a bit faster.  If a planet gets hit with a meteor, that player will lose a notch of energy.  If they lose all their energy, they’ll lose the set.  Whoever can win 2 out of 3 sets first, wins.  If you hit a power-up with the ball, you can activate special perks like double shots or a barrier which slows down the ball on your side.

There are three main modes of play.  In Story Mode, one or two players in co-op can compete in a tennis tournament and win badges on different planets.  Each round in story mode will introduce a new feature, like playing against two, using a new power-up, playing a mini-game challenge, and more.  Only problem with this mode is it gets a little too hard about halfway through.  Up to four players (two on each team) can also go at it in VS Mode.  Finally in Challenge Mode, you can play tennis related mini-games like a Breakout style challenge, endless jumping platforming on planets, and more!  Despite the goofy premise and difficulty in Story Mode, I actually had a lot of fun with this one.

Kid Factor:

If a meteor hits a planet, that meteor will explode and your dinosaur will dissolve into pixels until the next serve, but that’s about as violent as it gets.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, and younger gamers may need help with the tougher challenges in Story Mode.  Dino Galaxy Tennis is rated E for Everyone.

Discussion Area - Leave a Comment

Tired of typing this out each time? Register as a subscriber!