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The Australian Tennis Open is set to, ahem, open in Melbourne next week, bringing two weeks of top-class tennis to the land Down Under. At the same time, the World Tennis Challenge has just wrapped up in Adelaide, which included - among other things - a doubles lineup featuring Martina Navratilova and Pat Cash. But the racquet action doesn't finish on the court or on the tv - Aussie developer Millipede Creative Development has a brand new action tennis game specifically for kids, and it's available right now on your iDevice, absolutely free.
Taking gamers far away from the grass courts of Adelaide and the hard court of Melbourne, Tennis Hot Shots Galaxy sets up three new playing spaces: Galactic, Jurassic and Spooky. Each location features its own environmental hazards, as well as some glorious unique artwork.
Now, while it's great fun, Tennis Hot Shots Galaxy has also been designed to be a little educational - Tennis Australia is running its MLC Hot Shots program, which encourages kids to head to a local club to whack a ball around with their mates. The game even features its own built-in pedometer so you (and the kids) can see just how active you are! (Plus, the more you move, the more coins you'll earn, and the more cool stuff you can buy in the Pro Shop).
This is actually the second game from Millipede and Tennis Australia - the first was a top 10 game in the Australian Sports and Role-Playing iTunes charts, was featured in the App Store's "What's Hot" list, and racked up more than 70,000 downloads around the world.
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