The Prince of Tennis II Rising Beat Review

This was definitely a pretty random app game that’s for sure. Who’d have thought that Prince of Tennis would be coming out with a rhythm game right? This is really the first one I’ve played. I can see the appeal but I think there’s room to improve on the execution. Ultimately this isn’t a game that I stuck with for very long as you’ll see based on the various brief stats page I’ll be uploading. It just doesn’t feel as interactive as I’d like although the songs are cool.

The plot seems to basically be handling the early parts of the New Prince of Tennis series. It’s been so long since I read those parts that this really feels brand new at this point. That also means no Ryoma at least in the levels that I played so you’ll miss him a bit. The game is still relatively early on so there aren’t a lot of story levels yet but I imagine that will change as the game continues to update.

Aside from the story mode there are a lot of other things to do like playing through normal battles or customizing your characters. In fact you have to play through some of these normal levels in order to progress through the story or you’ll get stuck very quickly. After two story levels is when you have to play your first side mission. I’d rather the game let you just play through the story without having to go on a side tangent. I suppose the gameplay is all the same so it shouldn’t make a big difference but I want to just see what happens next in the story.

The graphics are pretty good. The art style is colorful and I like the gameplay effects. On the other hand, it’s all fairly repetitive. Every stage looks very similar and the characters are chibi style which can be fun in short doses but I don’t think it works for the whole game. It’s fun and looks nice though which is the important part. The soundtrack is definitely impressive with all of the lyrical songs. That makes sense of course since you can’t have a musical game without the songs to accompany it right?

As for the gameplay itself, the goal of the game is to tap precision. It’s effectively like Dance Dance Revolution except instead of dancing to the beat you are tapping to it. If you click the circle when it’s in the right spot then you can either hit the ball or even return it. It’s not very hard to get the hang of it either. At times you will hold onto the icon in order to complete the action and other times you will just need to tap it really quickly.

A lot of mobile games have a heavy emphasis on tapping so this isn’t anything new but at the same time it just doesn’t feel very interactive. Maybe it’s because the animations are set and your actions don’t change it. Usually at least the animations change like in a fighting game or something. Here you will be seeing the exact same animation back and forth as the two characters hit the tennis ball around no matter what you do. There’s not really any variety either.

I think that’s really what hurt the game for me. It’s just not all that interesting after a while and I wouldn’t say the story is enough of a legend to hold the whole game up. For that you could probably just read the manga or watch some of the shows and movies. I wouldn’t call this a bad game but it doesn’t really have enough strong points for me to call it a really good one either. As a result it ends up lagging behind the other apps.

There’s not a whole lot more to say about this one. In terms of replay value there is certainly a lot as long as you enjoy the game. Customization alone is already quite extensive and then you have the level up system and wide array of characters to work with too. The game will likely continue updating as long as it gets support so you shouldn’t have to worry about content drying up anytime soon either. Just keep on chugging along and you shouldn’t have any issues. The game is free too so it’s not like you’re spending any money here.

Overall, I’m glad Prince of Tennis got a game even if this one didn’t really hit it off for me. I’m still surprised it came out since the title doesn’t seem too huge anymore, particularly the sequel. It was hard to find on the app store initially due to the way it appears in the search results too. Hopefully it does well enough for them to consider another game in the series but with a different gameplay style. A tennis focused game would absolutely have a lot of potential if you ask me. You can definitely achieve that with mobile. Now for mobile I’m really just waiting on Megaman X Dive to show up. That’s a title I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time.

Overall 5/10

Invisible Woman vs Ryoma

Suggested by Destroyer Invisible Woman has a lot of different abilities at her disposal. She can use her force abilities to keep fighters at a distance and block projectiles. She should be able to use that to block most of Ryoma’s attacks. He can probably punch through eventually, but he just won’t really be able to completely defend against her attacks. Invisible Woman wins.

Flashy Flash vs Ryoma

Flashy Flash has returned again but this time he is up against the tennis expert known as Ryoma. Ryoma’s landed a ton of good wins over the years and this one will be no different. Flashy Flash may be able to go faster than light with incredible S tier fighting power but Ryoma unlocked the Pinnacle of Perfection. Mix that with his high above status and there’s just no way he could take a loss here. It’s a mantle of victory that he wears proudly. Without the high above rule though, the hyperbole is’t enough. Flashy Flash wins.

Cumber vs Ryoma

Cumber is an incredibly powerful fighter. In fact, he’s one of the most powerful fighters in all of media just by virtue of being one of the strongest Dragon Ball characters. He’s massively faster than light and his destructive ability is also completely out of this world. Ryoma is not going to be able to do a whole lot against Cumber here…or that’s what it would look like on the surface. He’s a pretty solid tennis player so there’s no way he’s going to lose. He’ll use his racket to block all of Cumber’s attacks and that will be game over. Ryoma wins.

Update 8 7 2020. Fastest update ever but with the high above ruling nullified Ryoma can’t win this round. Cumber wins.

Hayate vs Ryoma

Hayate is a ninja and so he is properly trained to land some hits in real sneaky like no matter where his opponent is. That won’t be enough to stop Ryoma in his tracks though. Ryoma can move with incredible speed and his striking power is pretty dynamic. Hayate’s sword would shatter as soon as the first tennis ball gets thrown over. He just isn’t ready for the Prince of Tennis! Ryoma wins.

Erdrick vs Ryoma

Erdrick is a pretty cool Dragon Quest main character and definitely one of the best ones in the series. He has an array of elemental attacks as well as physical moves that he can dish out for massive damage. Ryoma would be wise not to let Erdrick get anywhere near him. Ryoma has always been pretty good at adjusting his play to counter all potential attackers so I don’t think that will be a problem for him. Ryoma will keep winning as per usual. Ryoma wins.

Update 8 7 2020: Ryoma won’t be able to stop Erdrick’s magic. Erdrick wins.

Sieghart vs Ryoma

Sieghart is pretty strong but that’s not going to phase Ryoma. Ryoma has tennis skills at the ready and he can serve up those balls really quickly. I’d like to see Sieghart try to counter his attacks because I just don’t see it working. Ryoma’s skills are almost literally out of this world. He has no weaknesses in his Pinnacle of Perfection mode which is bad news for Sieghart and any hope he had of claiming victory. Ryoma wins.

Update 8 7 2020 Sieghart’s strength would ultimately be enough to stop Ryoma. Sieghart wins.

Roark vs Ryoma

Roark has some pretty sturdy Pokemon at his disposal. The problem for him is that Ryoma can serve at incredibly high speeds so sheer numbers aren’t enough to scare him. Ryoma is perfectly prepared to deal with as many shots as he needs too deal with in order to win. Roark’s best plan is to try to separate Ryoma from his racket since the kid will be powerless without it, but that’s much easier said than done. I don’t see such a plan working to be honest. Ryoma wins.

Update 8 7 2020 Roark is just too fast for Ryoma. Roark wins.

Bit vs Ryoma

Bit is a pretty tough robot with good offensive capabilities. He won’t be going down without a fight, but that just means that Ryoma will really get to go all out here. Ryoma has a large array of tennis moves at his disposal so he will keep on changing up the serves til he claims victory. Bit’s shield will shatter and he won’t be able to even get close to Ryoma. Ryoma wins.

Apollo (Wildstorm) vs Ryoma

Apollo has super strength, super speed, and some energy abilities. He’s basically got the perfect combo of abilities that you could ask for. It’s incredibly difficult to defeat someone like Apollo so Ryoma will have to pull out all of the stops here. He’s not afraid to put it all on the line though. His tennis attacks will quickly overwhelm Apollo. The guy’s defensive abilities aren’t enough to prevent him from taking damage so the shots are going to add up very quickly. After a point I just don’t think Apollo will be able to do much of anything against Ryoma. Ryoma wins.

Update 8 7 2020 Apollo is too fast to get hit here. Apollo (Wildstorm) wins.