Sports management games of any kind are a bit beyond me, I'll be honest, but one that has piqued my interest recently is the newly released Boxing Manager. This one aims to build upon its popular predecessor, World Title Boxing Manager, while serving up an experience akin to Football Manager for boxing fans.
The goal here is to manage your fighters and gradually build up your very own gym. Over time, you'll rise through the ranks and maybe end up winning a world title or two.
Before you get to that point, however, you'll have to put in the effort and develop your fighters' skills. You can do this by hiring trainers, setting out training plans, and devising a strategy for each fight. Once you start making money, you'll be able to expand your gym by using the in-game negotiation tool and fighter contract trading system.
Each game offers over 3,000 unique boxers across all weights, abilities, and nationalities. And they can be trained to move from being Flyweights to Heavyweights as they continue to improve and progress through their career.
Signing fighters at smart prices will see your profits sore, as will placing well-informed bets on upcoming bouts. It definitely sounds like there's a fair bit of depth to it all.
"The game has been built on years of experience and extensive player feedback, which has enabled us to generate a gaming experience that both boxing purists and the wider gaming community can enjoy," said developer Alex Deacon. "Boxing Manager provides a unique virtual boxing universe – generated in real-time – it is now the most detailed, realistic and authentic boxing management simulator game on the market."
If you fancy putting your managerial skills to the test, you'll find Boxing Manager available for purchase from the App Store as a premium game priced at $4.99.Searching for the best mobile sports games around? Here are 25 of our favourites for iPhone & iPad