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Amiga

Great Courts 2

Great Courts 2
GenreSports
DeveloperBlue Byte Software
PublisherUbi Soft
Released1991
Rating
Graphics:7.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Great Courts 2 (originally released as Pro Tennis Tour 2) is among the best tennis games for the home computers of the early 90s. The game was released only for the Commodore Amiga, Atari ST and PC (MS-DOS).
 
Review
Great Courts 2STORY / GAMEPLAY
This sports game has you to participate in just about any type of tennis match you may desire. You can compete one Vs one against a human opponent or the computer or play doubles with a friend against two computer opponents. You can play on grass, clay, hard or indoor courts, serve, volley, smash, lob or even practice against a ball-serving machine.
The controls are quite tricky to handle at first but they soon become quite easy and bring hours of enjoyment, especially in two-players mode.
One of the game's greatest features is its option to enter the world's leading tournaments. Your computer simulates a normal tennis year, with you competing in all major events that make up the calendar and improving your character's abilities.
The gameplay is surely good, as long as you master your strikes and serves.

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The game's visuals are fine without any special effects or numerous colors (they are up to 16 max), but the sprites are nicely drawn and animated and each court has enough details. What is really good is the sound department. The Amiga version includes a variety of sampled sound effects like the grunts of the athlete as you swing the racket, the bouncing of the ball off the ground, the announcer calling out the scores and more. The game also includes an introductory and a main menu music.
 
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  • Great Courts 2
  • Great Courts 2
  • Great Courts 2
  • Great Courts 2
  • Great Courts 2
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Sounds
Intro/Menu music:  In-game music sample:
 
Comparable platforms



16 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS



16 colors
Atari ST



16 colors
PC MS-DOS
 
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
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The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
 
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