Updated June 17, 2019: New entries added

Videogames have long attempted to simulate sport. One of the earliest arcade smash hits, Pong, was essentially a game of virtual table tennis.

As games have grown more complex, so sports games have inched towards the nuanced splendour of the real thing. That is, when they're playing it straight. Some of the best sports games do crazy things with their rulesets and presentation.

They're especially rich and diverse on mobile. Whether you're after a hardcore management simulation or a knock-about arcade blast, there's a sports-themed game for you to play on the go.

Here are 25 of the very best.

Oh, and if you're wondering where all the racing and fighting games are, we tend to give those their very own genre round-ups.