New ‘Motion Tennis’ game teams up with your Apple TV for Wii-like action

By , Jun 29, 2013

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I’ve long thought that between the motion sensors built into the iPhone and iPod touch, and the AirPlay-compatible Apple TV, Tim Cook and company had a Wii-like gaming console on their hands. They just obviously, for whatever reason, haven’t realized the potential yet.

But the folks over at Rolocule seem to get it. The India-based app-maker just released a new game called Motion Tennis that utilizes the gyroscope and other sensors stashed inside the iPhone, as well as the Apple TV’s AirPlay feature, to offer Wii-like motion gameplay…

Here’s a clip of the game in action:

The game uses Rolocule’s ‘Rolomotion’ technology, which it showed off back in April. It’s designed to convert an iPhone or iPod touch into a motion controller, similar to a Wii remote, using the device’s built-in gyroscope, magnetometer and accelerometer to track movement.

With this tech, Motion Tennis plays a lot like Wii Sports Tennis. The iPhone (or iPod touch) is used as a tennis racket, and your swinging motion and direction are translated on screen. It can detect forehands, backhands and several different swings including lobs and slices.

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And here’s your full list of features:

  • Swing like a Champion: Get the real feel of tennis as you swing real forehands and backhands by swinging your iPhone/iPod Touch and taking control of your player on TV.
  • Hitting glory: Hit multiple shots like the groundstrokes, slice and lob, and simultaneously give accurate direction to the ball, just like in real tennis.
  • Multiplayer: Team up with friends and family by connecting two iPhones wirelessly and play together as doubles partners to beat the opponents.
  • Tennis fitness: Get an approximate count of calories burnt with each tennis match and track total calories burnt.
  • The new home of tennis: Choose between Grass, Clay or Synthetic courts along with four difficulty levels to become a tennis master.
  • Tennis Survivor: Think you can survive this continuous onslaught? Play the survival mode where you cannot make even ONE mistake. Get a highscore and compete in Online leader boards.
  • Other features: Multiple game centre achievements, beautifully designed second screen support, dynamic cameras for more immersive user experience and more.

The game requires an iPhone 4S or 5, or a 5th Generation iPod touch running iOS 6 to play, as well as a 2nd or 3rd gen Apple TV for AirPlay Mirroring. Rolocule also recommends reading their safety guide, which we’re guessing goes something like “try not to throw your iPhone.”

I haven’t had the chance to play the game yet, but I plan on checking it out this weekend. If it works half as good as they say it does, it could be a lot of fun (and Rolocule says it has more Rolomotion titles on the way). You can find Motion Tennis in the App Store for $7.99.

So, what do you think of Motion Tennis?

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  • Lobo555

    If and when apple releases the apple tv 4th gen, it will be much powerful, and with lets say the iphone 5s or 6 the possibilities of games like these will be so much more amazing. But still im hoping apple opens the apple tv up for developers to create apps that can be controller using the iphone. Anyways cool stuff

    • Rockwell mellow

      I think the hardware is good enough, I mean what can apple introduce that can improve this except maybe more sensors.

      • Lobo555

        More space so that apps can be native to the apple tv

  • CPVideoMaker101

    Cracked iPhone Fives incoming…

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Wear the loop…. :P

  • http://www.deltecenterprises.org/ Deltec Enterprises

    Pretty ingenious that the iPod already has a loop built in, and different colors, like Wii Remotes have. On the right track I guess!