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The 25 best sports games on Android

25 essential sports games to fill your Android collection
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Updated 2nd October 2018: New entries added

Video games have been simulating sport from the beginning. What else would you call Pong but a game of virtual tennis?

It's a natural fit, really. You well defined, easily understood rules and tactile physics right there for the exploiting.

Of course, many sports games these days play fast and loose with those rules. Sure, there are plenty of in-depth simulations, but there are just as many crazy offshoots.

Nowhere is this diversity more evident than on mobile, as this list will attest to.

#1 New Star Manager

Product: New Star ManagerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: New Star GamesGenres: Simulation, Sports, Strategy

New Star Manager
New Star Soccer takes a sideways leap into new territory. This time you're responsible for the running of an entire football club, not just a player, resulting in an even deeper and more enthralling casual simulation of the beautiful game.

#2 Football Manager Touch 2018

Product: Football Manager Touch 2018Formats: Android, iPadPublisher: Sega

Football Manager Touch 2018
Undoubtedly the deepest, most involved sports game on the Google Play Store. Football Manager Touch 2018 is a dauntingly complete management game with countless variables.

#3 Punch Club

Product: Punch ClubFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Lazy Bear GamesPublisher: tinyBuild GamesGenres: Simulation, Sports, Strategy

Punch Club
This charming game lets you train up your very own MMA fighter, as well as handling his humdrum life outside of the ring. There's no actual hands-on fighting in Punch Club, but you'll feel thoroughly involved all the same.

#4 New Star Soccer

Product: New Star SoccerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS VitaDeveloper: New Star GamesPublisher: New Star GamesGenres: Sports

New Star Soccer
New Star Soccer, in which a footballer's career is broken down into entertainingly bite-sized mini-games, is a footy game that even non-football fans can enjoy.

#5 Skiing Yeti Mountain

Product: Skiing Yeti MountainFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Featherweight GamesGenres: Arcade, Sports

Skiing Yeti Mountain
For such a casual, stylised game, Skiing Yeti Mountain sure manages to replicate the feel of downhill skiing well.

#6 Super Stickman Golf 3

Product: Super Stickman Golf 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Noodlecake Games

Super Stickman Golf 3
Real golf is has a reputation for being slightly stuffy and elitist, but Super Stickman Golf 3 supplies a welcome sense of silliness and accessibility to the sport.

#7 Table Tennis Touch

Product: Table Tennis TouchFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: YakutoPublisher: YakutoGenres: Simulation, Sports

Table Tennis Touch
With expert ball physics, stunning graphics, and a water-tight control system, you'll be surprised at just how thrilling a game of digital ping pong can be.

#8 Touchgrind Skate 2

Product: Touchgrind Skate 2Formats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Illusion LabsPublisher: Illusion LabsGenres: Simulation, Sports

Touchgrind Skate 2
Touchgrind Skate 2 makes you feel like touchscreen phones were invented so that you could use your fingers in place of your feet to flick your way to skateboard trick nirvana.

#9 True Skate

Product: True SkateFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: True AxisPublisher: True AxisGenres: Sports

True Skate
Here's another skateboarding game that asks you to stand your fingers on a virtual board. Indeed, True Skate also gets you to push yourself along with your finger.

#10 Kind of Soccer 2018

Product: Kind of Soccer 2018Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Christian Schnellmann

Kind of Soccer 2018
One of the loosest takes on the beautiful game we've seen, Kind of Soccer 2018 sees you playing tiki-taka football in a bid to take out the fleeing ref with a power-shot.

#11 Touchdowners

Product: TouchdownersFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Colin LaneGenres: Casual

This is another Colin Lane joint, which means that Touchdowners only superficially resembles its host sport. Who cares, though, when getting the ball into the end zone is this much fun?

#12 Bike Unchained 2

Product: Bike Unchained 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPad

Bike Unchained 2
Bike Unchained 2 plays a bit like a 3D version of Tiny Wings, but with downhill mountain biking taking the place of cutesy birds and psychedelic hills. It's pretty darned fun, too.

#13 Virtua Tennis Challenge

Product: Virtua Tennis ChallengeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Xperia PlayPublisher: SegaGenres: Sports

Virtua Tennis Challenge
Sega has ruled the mobile tennis roost for years with Virtua Tennis Challenge. You can thank its peerless engine, which expertly approximates the sport's various components whilst remaining highly accessible.

#14 Rowdy Wrestling

Product: Rowdy WrestlingFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Colin LaneGenres: Arcade, Fighting

Rowdy Wrestling
Another hilarious wrestling game from Colin Lane, the creator of Wrassling. It's got the same pumped-up 2D physics-based action, but this time with a proper career mode to enjoy.

#15 Pixel Cup Soccer 16

Product: Pixel Cup Soccer 16Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Batovi Games StudioGenres: Sports

Pixel Cup Soccer 16
Pixel Cup Soccer sees FIFA's attempt at realism and laughs a 16-bit laugh. It's a return to the arcadey joy that used to run through footy games before they went all serious.

#16 Skateboard Party 3

Product: Skateboard Party 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows PhonePublisher: Ratrod Studio Inc.Genres: Sports

Skateboard Party 3
If True Skate and Touchgrind Skate 2 are too much like hard work for you, check out Skateboard Party 3. It'll make you look like a boarding ninja with minimal effort.

#17 NBA 2K18

Product: NBA 2K18Formats: iPhone, iPad, SwitchPublisher: 2K GamesGenres: Sports

NBA 2K18
Want to illustrate the rapidly closing gap between mobile and console games? Show your basketball-loving friend NBA 2K18. Even if you don't like basketball, it's a deeply impressive sports game.

#18 Foolball

Product: FoolballFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Sports

A deeply silly made-up sports game that feels like a mash-up of Nitrome and Colin Lane. You're essentially playing a medieval take on 1v1 football, but with the court jester taking the role of the ball. And flaming goals. And swords.

#19 Power Ping Pong

Product: Power Ping PongFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Gasp GamesPublisher: ChillingoGenres: Arcade, Sports

Power Ping Pong
Who would have thought there was space for two epic table tennis games on mobile? Power Ping Pong is less majestic than Table Tennis Touch, but it's more flamboyant.

#20 Bottom of the 9th

Product: Bottom of the 9thFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Handelabra Games

Bottom of the 9th
You would have thought that playing any sport by rolling dice would make for the most boring game ever. Bottom of the 9th is nothing of the sort, though, thanks to a streamlined ruleset and charming presentation.

#21 Pumped BMX 3

Product: Pumped BMX 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Noodlecake GamesGenres: Sports

Pumped BMX 3
The Pumped series goes out on a high with this deceptively technical side-on BMX stunt game that takes hours and hours to master.

#22 Flick Kick Football

Product: Flick Kick FootballFormats: Android, iPhoneDeveloper: PikPok GamesGenres: Sports

Flick Kick Football
Ball flickers come and go on the Google Play Store, but for our money Flick Kick Football still stands supreme. No one has nailed those delicate flick controls quite as well.

#23 The Muscle Hustle

Product: The Muscle HustleFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Foxglove Studios ABGenres: Action, Casual, Sports

The Muscle Hustle
Angry Birds meets wrestling with a turn-based twist as you twang a bunch of pugilists into one another. The Muscle Hustle is a big old silly mash-up of ideas.

#24 OK Golf

Product: OK GolfFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: okidokico

OK Golf
The name doesn't exactly scream 'play me,' but don't let that fool you. OK Golf strips away all the boring bits of golf leaving only the pure pleasure of knocking a ball into a hole.

#25 Stick Cricket 2

Product: Stick Cricket 2Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Stick SportsGenres: Arcade, Sports

Stick Cricket 2
As we've discussed elsewhere, cricket doesn't naturally lend itself to mobile play. Stick Cricket 2 smartly makes an entire game out of the most interesting bit - the batting.


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Jon Mundy 2 October 2018
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