Heavy Metal Tennis Training

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Dull and rather un-metal tennis arcade game.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls and is easy to master with a little practice.

Violence & Scariness

Players burst into flame and die when hit with a fiery tennis ball, but the game's old school graphics means there's no blood or gore.

Sexy Stuff

Players can spend real money to play with unlimited lives ($1.99), or to purchase the playable characters "Uzzy" and "Queen Hellizabeth" ($0.99 each).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Heavy Metal Tennis Training is arcade tennis game for iOS and Android devices. Players use simple touch controls to hit a flaming tennis ball, hopefully back at the ball machine that shot it at you. But while those fiery balls will burn your character to ash if you get hit with one, the game's old school graphics mean this has no blood or gore. It also has no objectionable content. Commercially, though, you can spend real money to have unlimited lives or to play with such characters as "Uzzy" and "Queen Hellizabeth" if you don't feel like playing enough to unlock them. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In HEAVY METAL TENNIS TRAINING, you're on a tennis court in Hell, using a ball machine to practice your swing. Oddly enough, the ball machine lights the tennis balls on fire before shooting them at you, and if you miss, the balls will light you on fire...only to have you come back to life and go through it all over again. That's all there is for the story in this arcade tennis game — in which you tap the screen to hopefully hit the ball over the net and, if you're lucky, into the ball machine. 

Is it any good?

Like so many overly simplistic mobile games, this arcade-style tennis game has so little to offer that it quickly becomes redundant and dull. In Heavy Metal Tennis Training, you're on a tennis court in Hell, practicing your swing with the help of a ball machine. Except the tennis balls that it shoots at you are on fire, and if you miss, you get burned to a crisp. This is why you not only want to hit the ball over the net, but also want to try and hit the ball machine, breaking it, and thus ending your torment.

As for what makes this "heavy metal," well, let's just say this is decidedly more Bon Jovi than Metallica. Sure, you can play as Sammy Lee Moth, Uzzy, or Queen Helizabeth, and the logo blatantly rips off Iron Maiden, but Mylie Cyrus has been more metal than this. Heck, even the game's music isn't metal; it's just old school arcade blips and beeps played fast in a cheap imitation of metal. What's worse, though, is that because all you're doing is tapping the screen at the right time — something most gamers will get down after a couple games — and don't have to move or even chose between hitting it backhand or with a spin, there's little reason to play this for long.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Heavy Metal Tennis Training affected by the retro graphics that reduces the impact of the violence from flaming tennis balls? Does the action of characters being set on fire make the game more fun, or does it not matter?

  • In Heavy Metal Tennis Training, you can spend real money to unlock playable characters, but you can also unlock them by playing, so does it make sense to spend money on something you can get for free?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 24, 2019
  • Category: Sports
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Size: 82.50 MB
  • Publisher: Shape Minds UG
  • Version: 1.3.8
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: October 1, 2019

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