The world of sports might have ground to a halt in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fix in other ways. Like, for example, taking some time to play your favorite sport on your phone.
That’s why we’ve updated our list of the very best sports games that are currently available for iOS and Android. The list includes realistic sims, crazy twists on classic competitions and much much more. It might not be the same as having a kick or throw around in the park, but it should keep you vaguely sane.
Got your own suggestions? Then please do let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article. Right then, on with the games.
Table Tennis Touch
Table Tennis Touch does exactly what it says on the tin, providing an exceptional version of the table sport on your tiny mobile device.
It might look a bit cartoony, but don’t let that fool you. Golf Clash walks the line between an arcade game and a sim pretty much perfectly. Play against other players around the world and prove to them, once and for all, that you are the golf boss.
NBA 2K Mobile Basketball
NBA 2K Mobile Basketball is our pick of best basketball game on mobile. If you’re looking for a realistic digital version of the sport as you’re used to it on TV, look no further.
Touchgrind Skate 2
Touchgrind Skate 2 is like the Skate of mobile games. With a series of flips, swipes, and other finger tricks, you’ll pull off some of the more difficult skateboarding tricks known to mankind.
Football Manager 2019 Mobile is the football management sim as you know and love it, just shrunk onto mobile. It’s less visual but there’s plenty of statistics for those that love that sort of thing.
FIFA Football isn’t FIFA as you know it on console. It still contains the addictive Ultimate Team system, but you’ll spend your time playing micro moments of football matches, rather than the entire match.
New Star Games trains its management-sim eye on American Football. You’re playing the coach and it’s up to you to build a team that can compete for the Retro Bowl.
This one features awesome old-school graphics, and lets you take control of your offence. Landing a perfect touchdown pass in this pixel-art gem is an absolute thrill.
PES 2019 Pro Evolution Soccer
If you’re looking for a mobile game that offers the closest interpretation of a console football game, PES 2019 Pro Evolution Soccer is the choice for you.
MLB 9 Innings 21
Another entry into the smash-hit baseball series. It’s even more polished than before, and packed full with some of the biggest names in the baseball world. If you fancy thwacking some balls, you should definitely check this one out.
Madden NFL Mobile
If American football is your jam, look no further than Madden NFL Mobile. You’ll run your favourite franchise and take them all the way to the Super Bowl – if you prove adept enough.
R.B.I. Baseball 19
Baseball enthusiasts will find a solid home on mobile with R.B.I. Baseball 19, an authentic take on the sport on mobile. If you’re into the little details, this will more than satisfy you.
Rugby League 19
American football not quite do it for you? Would you rather watch Britain’s uglier and muddier game? Rugby League 19 is the option for you.
Motorsport Manager Mobile 3
Motorsport enthusiasts, look no further than Motorsport Manager Mobile 3. This franchise is hugely popular on mobile for a reason: it offers an absolutely fantastic representation of the sport on mobile.
Tennis Manager 2019
Tennis Manager 2019 is the option for those that love tennis, but don’t really enjoy playing it. This game challenges you to build your own tennis academy as you search for the next super star.
Virtua Tennis Challenge
Virtua Tennis Challenge is Sega’s classic tennis franchise as you know and love it, just squished onto mobile with some nifty swipe and tap-based touch controls to boot.
New Star Cricket
New Star Cricket takes the formula from New Star Soccer and applies it to cricket. You’ll take charge of key moments in a cricket match, as you strive to turn your budding amateur into a cricket champion.
Punch Club is a very silly, but also extremely good, boxing management simulator that draws inspiration from classic 80s action movies.
Wrassling is one of the silliest wrestling games you’ll ever play. Using some simple touch controls and the power of physics, you’ll try and dominate your opponent.
EA Sports UFC
EA Sports UFC is the best representation of UFC on mobile, so if you’re a fan of the sport, this is the game for you.
Dunkers takes the silly physics fun of Wrassling and applies it to basketball, and the result is as silly as you can expect. It’s a heck of a lot of fun though.
Touchgrind BMX 2
Touchgrind BMX 2 is a BMX game by the makers of Touchgrind Skate 2, and it offers a very similar experience but with bikes.
F1 Mobile Racing
This pocket-sized version of the most prestigious racing series in the world is crammed full of your fave racers, cars and tracks. It’s from Codemasters, it looks absolutely stunning and it’s going to appeal to gear heads the world over.
If silly physics games and golf are your jam, the two combined will likely be your ultimate video game. That’s Golf Blitz, a competitive golf game that doubles down on the silly.
Pocket Run Pool
Pocket Run Pool is like pool, but with a score-chasing twist. You have to sink balls, just like you do in real life pool, except where you sink them determines your score at the end.
Get it on the App Store.