Publishers William Higinbotham
Developers William Higinbotham
Release date 1958
Genre Puzzle
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Game Description

Tennis for Two (also known as Computer Tennis) is a sports video game, which simulates a game of tennis, and was one of the first games developed in the early history of video games. American physicist William Higinbotham designed the game in 1958 for display at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual public exhibition after learning that the government research institution’s Donner Model 30 analog computer could simulate trajectories with wind resistance. He designed the game, displayed on an oscilloscope and played with two custom aluminum controllers, in a few hours, after which he and technician Robert V. Dvorak built it over three weeks. The game’s visuals show a representation of a tennis court viewed from the side, and players adjust the angle of their shots with a knob on their controller and try to hit the ball over the net by pressing a button.

Download Tennis for Two

We might have the game available for more than one platform. Tennis for Two is currently available on these platforms:

Donner Model 30 analog computer (1958)

The original Tennis for Two is a lost video game. However, you can download a simulated version for Windows:

Tennis_for_Two_Simulated_Win_EN.zip (2.5MB)

How to play on Windows

  1. Download and Extract “Tennis_for_Two_Simulated_Win_EN.zip”
  2. Open the “Game Files” folder and run TennisForTwo.exe
  3. Play the game

Additional files, patches and fixes

Tennis for Two Screenshots

Donner Model 30 analog computer

Windows simulator