25 essential sports games to fill your Android collection
Updated 16 August 2019: New entries added
We've been playing sports-themed video games ever since the days of Pong. So, from the very beginning, then.
As the decades have progressed, so our sports simulations have grown more complicated, more nuanced, and generally closer to the real thing. There's always been space for radical flights of fancy too, thank goodness. Video games have got the whole future sports thing locked down.
You'll find a good spread of sports game experiences on Android. From in-depth simulations to knock-about arcade blasts.
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.
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.
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.
Golf Peaks is isn't really a golf game in the traditional sense. Rather, it's an isometric card-based puzzler where you must play the hand necessary to convey the ball to the hole. What matters is it's brilliant fun.
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.
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.