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Game #2088
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Cannon Smash    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Open Source Games
Sport   Racket

Rating: 8.09 (104 votes)

Cannon Smash box cover

Cannon Smash screenshot
Of all sports, table tennis has rarely been the subject of computer version. Sure, there's Pong and Arkanoid, which feature simplistic hit-ball-with-paddle action, and then there's also Shufflepuck Cafe and similar air hockey games. But a game about table tennis as a sport is few and far between. Luckily, Cannon Smash has arrived, and fans of the sport can now rejoice.

The fact that the game is a freeware title with rough-looking graphics belies its sophisticated gameplay that is both challenging and fun. I'm far from being a table tennis champion, but I've played enough matches growing up to recognize a fast slam from a "trick" shot close to the net. Cannon Smash, using a surprisingly simple mouse-based interface, allows you to do both. You can slam a fast ball aimed at the opponent's corner, pull off a powerful serve, or even execute a curve ball. While the players look like walking ellipsoids (similar to Ecstatica), their movements recall 4D Sports Tennis for being quite realistic. Overall, if you're a table tennis fan like I am, you'll probably enjoy Cannon Smash. A multiplayer option is even available, and beginners can practice in training mode before joining a real match. A tournament mode is unfortunately not available, so long-term play value is a bit limited. Here's hoping that the author continue to improve this very promising rendition of one of Asia's most popular sports. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Kanna Yoshihiro
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2000
Software Copyright: Kanna Yoshihiro
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System Requirements: Windows XP
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If you like this game, try: Volleyball Simulator, Tennis Elbow, 4D Sports Tennis

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