Mobile game developer Rolocule just launched Motion Tennis Cast on Google Play. It’s a tennis game that you can play on your TV or browser by waving your smartphone around like a Wii motion controller.
The game has been in beta for a good while, and the final version works pretty well. Once you’ve installed it on your phone, you’ll need to calibrate it with your Chromecast by standing in front of your TV and tapping a few buttons.
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The gameplay is fairly simple: just hold your phone and swing your arm to serve and volley against the AI-controlled opponent. Your on-screen character will automatically move into the right position at the right time, but you’ll need to choose your return shot correctly and time it well to send the ball back over the net.
There are four difficulty levels and two basic game types — including a time attack mode — to choose from. You can connect with friends on social networks to try and beat their scores while you both play against bots. Plus, the game tells you how many calories you’ve burned after finishing a set.
The graphics and audio aren’t anything to write home about, but they’re not shabby either. I found that the game played smoothly for the most part, but suffered from the occasional stutter. It felt a lot like Wii Tennis, albeit a bit simpler and less precise.
Rolocule says it’s also working on Android Wear support, so you’ll be able to control your character by just strapping on your smartwatch and swinging your wrist.
Overall, Motion Tennis Cast works as advertised and makes for a fun break every now and then. Not bad at all for a free title.