Category Archives: Sports

With all the excitement of GDC, as well as the stratospheric hype surrounding the likes of Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, a few outstanding releases have slipped through the cracks. Despite these huge launches, it's likely that Nano Golf: Puzzle Putting [Free] - the latest effort from retro indie darlings Nitrome - will occupy the majority of my attention in the coming weeks. As you may have guessed from its name, Nano Golf features a more methodical, puzzle-focused take on its mini golf peers. And even beyond Nitrome's trademark pixel-art aesthetic, Nano Golf is going even more basic and colorful in its graphical design, more akin to the original NES than their previous work. I can't put my finger on it, but a combination of all these elements has resulted in an extremely enticing package, and the sort of game I can totally imagine myself losing many hours to on the daily commute. If you're similarly smitten, Nano Golf: Puzzle Putting is available to download on the App Store and Google Play today...

'Stickman Soccer 2018' is Aiming for Elite Arcade Football Excellence This May, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

Football is simultaneously the only thing I care about, and the thing I despise the most. It makes no sense, but this dichotomy sustains me, and is also surprisingly accurate for describing the soccer iOS scene as a whole. Some titles, such as the excellent Football Manager Touch 2018 [$19.99 (HD)], occupy most of my waking minutes, while others send me into spirals of uncontrollable rage (see any recent FIFA mobile release for more). I'm hoping Stickman Soccer 2018 is in the former camp - off the back of its wildly successful series of football titles, Djinnworks are here with what is dubbed their 'biggest release ever', as improvements, content additions and features are added left, right and centre. While it doesn't look like a huge departure from the previous Stickman Soccer 2016 [Free] iteration, more of the same solid arcade action is certainly welcome, and hopefully it'll provide a fun distraction before the 2018 World Cup when it launches later in May. If you really can't wait, sign up for the beta test on our forums today...




'Champion Eleven' Is an Officially-Licensed Football Management Game Starring Pep Guardiola, Kicking off Soon on the App Store

Despite Football Manager Touch 2018 [$19.99 (HD)] yet again underlining its credentials as undoubtedly the best sports game on iOS this year - I only care about football (or soccer, for any of our incorrect American readers), so bear in mind my view is inherently biased - there have been many other releases that have tried to challenge Sports Interactive's management throne. Champion Eleven is yet another title that wants to put its own spin on footballing tactics, and what better way to emphasise its tactical prowess than by getting the endorsement of none other than Pep Guardiola. As far as celebrity appearances in games go, having Pep's name attached to Champion Eleven is particularly neat, and with a promise of fully-fleshed tactics and a luscious 3D engine, I'm hoping Chinese publisher MeoGames have an on-target effort that can bring some elite competition to the genre...

Last month we detailed the forthcoming new release from prolific mobile game developer Djinnworks, who you'd likely know from the Rope 'n Fly series that's been incredibly popular over the years or the many Stickman versions of popular sports games like Stickman Basketball [Free] and Stickman Soccer [Free]. More recently Djinnworks has been focusing on full 3D Stickman sports games with a slant towards online competition, like their Stickman Skate Battle [Free] which launched in May of last year, Stickman Cross Golf Battle [Free] which launched in November of last year, and now the newest take in that series Stickman Disc Golf Battle [Free] which hit the App Store over the weekend. Check out the official launch trailer for Stickman Disc Golf Battle to see it in action...

There's a surprising lack of quality boxing games in the App Store, but developer Koality Game added one to the list when they released their excellent arcade/sim hybrid Prizefighters [Free] just over a month ago. Taking cues from the classic Puch Out! in terms of presentation and core mechanics, Prizefighters actually plays a whole lot differently and features a really satisfying career mode and progression system for your boxer. And despite being released so late in the year, we still picked Prizefighters as one of our Top 100 Game of 2017. It's really good! In just that short amount of time since it came out, Koality has already released several updates for Prizefighters tweaking and polishing the experience, the most significant of which has landed this week. ..

As promised yesterday, Koality Games has released their new arcade boxing game Prizefighters [Free] on the App Store. It arrived too late to make it into our weekly roundup of new iOS games, but given the sheer amount of huge games that arrived on mobile this week, I'm sure Prizefighters didn't mind having a little bit of breathing room. In case you've missed our previous coverage, Prizefighters is a boxing game with arcade-style mechanics inspired by classics such as Punch Out! but with a more simulation-style character and career progression system. Check out the official trailer...

'Football Manager Touch 2018' for iPad Review - The Best Just Got Better

Football Manager Touch 2017, Sports Interactive's classic football (soccer for some of you) management game, was one of my top 10 games of the year despite some serious technical issues that led to plenty of crashes. Those issues aside, though, the game was a fantastic and deep sports management game that had no equal on the App Store. Enter Football Manager Touch 2018 [$19.99 (HD)], the latest in the series. FMT 2018 sticks to what made FMT 2017 so great—a more accessible version of the PC version of the game but deeper than the handheld one—and makes little changes that go a long way toward making the game easier to play on a tablet. With an improved UI and the same addictive gameplay, FMT 2018 is another jewel of a game that I will spend too many hours playing...

Two weeks ago, Sports Interactive released Football Manager Mobile 2018 for the soccer fans among you who like to play on the go (or lack a tablet). Today, the developers released Football Manager Touch 2018 [$19.99 (HD)], the tablet-only game that brings a much deeper soccer management game to iOS and Android. The new version of (in my opinion) one of the best games out there brings a few new additions, including revamped scouting (which allows you to better search through the thousands and thousands of players in the game), a medical center (which in theory should help you avoid too many injuries), better clauses and options for your transfers, new player roles, and tactical improvements...

Despite being released every November on the App Store like clockwork, I'm a huge fan of the iterative improvements that Sports Interactive make in their Football Manager series. For a game that is so easy to essentially commit every waking hour to, the small changes in the series can make all the difference, and Football Manager Mobile 2018 [$8.99] seems to be no different. As a more basic mobile alternative of the management simulator on the App Store, the 'mobile' version of Football Manager has always struggled in comparison to the Football Manager Touch alternative on the iPad, but the addition of up to 21300 active players serves as a notable step forward from previous iterations. As well as the long-awaited inclusion of the MLS, it's clear SI are pushing Football Manager Mobile 2018 hard this year, and the game is finally available to download for $8.99 on the App Store today...

If you're a football (see soccer) fan and like to play mobile games, you know that there's been a dearth of good football games ever since FIFA decided to shift away from being a game about playing football and became a game about collecting things. PES 2017 took advantage of that gap in the market and got plenty of fans when it came out last year. This year's PES 2018 [Free] (which has replaced the 2017 app) wants to continue focusing on the football playing part of the sport while also taking us back to earlier footballing times. Specifically, the game features David Beckham (both in-game and as the app icon) as well as legends like Romario, Maradona, Ian Rush, Steven Gerrard, and Michael Owen (I know some will debate whether the last two should be called legends, but I support Liverpool, so there's that)...

The new season of FIFA Mobile [Free] is now live, and it's brought plenty of new features and modes for you to play with. First of all, the new season brings along a reset of your team and all the players in it, coin balances and Token Inventories, and the progression in VS Attack, Plans, and so on. The FIFA Point balance remains as does your League and any unlocked User Logos. And now to that fun part. The new season adds the Campaign, a new single player experience where you progress through Chapters to obtain new players and rewards. There's also the ability to train your players so they can improved and, in turn, help your team get better. Live Events will be back bit will follow the format of the Campaign...

ARKit [Free] is slowly but steadily growing and finding its way into more and more gaming experiences, and today it was the turn of the NBA to go all AR with its, you guessed it, NBA AR game. The game is pretty simple: you set up an augmented reality hoop anywhere you want in the world and then proceed to take as many shots as you can in a limited time. You can either take shots from where you're standing or walk back a bit and try and take three point shots. And in the spirit of competition, you get to compare your success (or failures) with your friends on the leaderboards...

Bottom of the 9th [$4.99], Handelabra Games' great conversion of the fun card and dice game with the same name, is an fast and entertaining take on baseball that we liked in our review. Today, the game received an update that added even more content, which should please its players. The game has also launched on PC, so it should be easier to find people to play against now given that the multiplayer part is cross platform. As for the new content, the game received the Manager's Challenge solo campaign, where you try to lead your team to the playoffs over a six game homestand. There's also a variety of scenarios that modify various parts of the game to make it even more interesting. For instance, there are weather effects, pinch hitting, and even scenarios that expand the game to cover several innings...

With the Europa League - Europe's premier football (or soccer for US readers) competition - kicking off tonight, it's fitting that fans of The Beautiful Game will want a mobile pastime in the excruciating wait until kick-off. Thankfully, Miniclip are here with yet another sport-focused free-to-play release in the form of Football Strike [Free]. As the name heavily implies, Football Strike is all about shooting those devastating long-distance strikes into the back of the net. With an abundance of modes allowing free kicks, target practice or classic penalty shoot-outs, Football Strike's PvP multiplayer action looks particularly appealing for soccer fans, and has made its first team debut on the App Store today as a free download...

PES 2017 [Free], the soccer game that continues to actually let you play soccer (looking at you, FIFA), has just added a very welcome new feature that brings back memories of playing soccer on consoles with friends sitting next to you on the couch. The new mode allows you to organize round-robin tournaments with up to three friends locally. That should be a fun way to compete with friends without having to worry about spotty internet. And let's be honest, there's nothing better than competing with friends in these kinds of sport games. And having in-game tournament support beats having to keep records on a piece of paper like we used to do back in the day...

2K and Cat Daddy Games have been updating Season 3 of WWE SuperCard [Free] quite a bit recently. The latest update is the fifth one for the season and it adds more than 100 new cards, in game ads to earn energy for free, tweaks to support card pulls, and more. The latest update also includes the SummerSlam '17 Tier. This set arrives right in time for the big NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III pay per view show this weekend, and the likes of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, Paul Heyman, and more will join the fray in this newest tier...

'Football Manager Touch 2018' and 'Football Manager Mobile 2018' Are Launching Alongside the PC Version on November 10th

The Football Manager franchise has had quite the history on iOS over the last few years. We've seen the games evolve and even get rebranded. Football Manager Touch used to be called Football Manager Classic and Football Manager Handheld became Football Manager Mobile. After much anticipation, SEGA and Sports Interactive have today announced some details and the release dates for both Football Manager Mobile 2018 and Football Manager Touch 2018. For the first time ever, both mobile versions will launch simultaneously with the Football Manager 2018 PC edition on November 10th...

Sports games are notoriously hard to nail down perfectly, for a number of reasons. The vast majority of us have never been lucky enough to climb up snowy mountains or trawl through radioactive lands, and so the latest AAA adventure game on consoles is extremely easy to become wholly immersed in. However, attempting to replicate a regular physically active pastime in what is a relatively sedentary medium is a whole new level of challenge. As a result, the fact Tennis Champs Returns [Free] is up there with the best racket sport simulators I've ever played, and on a mobile phone with touch controls no less, is mightily impressive. Uprising Games really did hit it out of the park (or smash it over the net?) when they released their retro tennis throwback title last year, and a brand new update that has dropped today adds even more content to an already sizeable release. Dubbed the Season 2 Update, this latest patch is all about customising your player on their way to the top, and includes some nice fixes to tighten up the gameplay even further...

If Okidokico Entertainment had released their latest update for OK Golf [$2.99] a mere week earlier during what was apparently England's 'longest heat wave ever' (which lasted a prolonged and arduous five days), their dismal and damp new Oakford Woods course would feel somewhat out of place. However, just in time for OK Golf's 1.4 patch, the sun promptly disappeared from our isles and was replaced with incessant rain. Don't you just love Britain, eh? Obligatory weather ranting aside, the latest update for OK Golf is a big one for fans of the stunning iPhone golfing simulator, as the aforementioned England course has been added alongside Apple TV support, all for no additional cost. Following some solid improvements since its initial release at the start of the year, OK Golf has grown from a beautiful yet flawed title to one that presents a really distinct perspective on the sport, and is more essential than ever now this new update has finally launched on the App Store...

We've been excited for the release of Touchdowners [Free] ever since its first unveiling early last month. I mean, this is from the people who have made wacky physics-based sports games like Wrassling [Free], Dunkers [Free], and Golf Zero [Free]. How could I NOT be excited for their wacky physics-based interpretation of American Football? And as we learned a week ago, Touchdowners was all set for a June 22nd release. Except… it didn't show up in time for our normal weekly new games roundup, which I though was kind of weird, and we hadn't heard anything from the developers about when specifically it was releasing, which was also pretty weird as they usually send emails about everything. ..

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