Category Archives: Sports

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. ..

Classic Reload - 'Desert Golfing'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where can't seem to get ourselves out of the bunker. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the driver of this doomed golf cart, I try to choose a good selection of games from month to month. That said, if there's something you want to see, don't be shy! You can leave suggestions below in the comments. I can't promise it will appear soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

'Pixel Soccer' Is the Retro Arcade Football Title That the App Store Deserves, Launching Late 2017

After Arsenal's stunning FA Cup success last weekend, only the Champions League final on Saturday separates soccer fans from the tedious abyss of endless transfer rumors and no competitive footballing action that is the summer months. However, with the latest entries in the big name franchises such as FIFA Mobile [Free] and PES 2017 [Free] dropping the (foot)ball with limited and incomplete takes on the soccer simulator genre, the door has opened for indie developers to take the initiative and provide the iOS iteration of the sport that The Beautiful Game deserves. Up steps Pixel Soccer to the penalty spot - taking influence from titles such as Sensible Soccer, Super Rock Games have created an accesisble yet deceptively complex football title that looks immensely promising, and I can't wait to try it out when it launches on the App Store in the coming months...

It may seem superficially tedious to anyone who has no interest in soccer, but the PES vs FIFA rivalry every year is not merely a quest for internet clicks, but one that has a significant amount of importance for any fans of The Beautiful Game. I've personally been firmly in the FIFA camp since 2007, however the past year has been something of an identity crisis for EA's commercial giant. The console version of FIFA 17, despite its flashy Frostbite engine, came across a bit sluggish and pedestrian for my tastes; the FIFA Mobile [Free] iteration that launched shortly after its bigger brother stripped the actual football for a strange minigame-focused card collecting spinoff, and is certainly better left forgotten. In spite of FIFA's profligacy, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series has taken the reins - with a focus on slick arcade footballing action, the console version was arguably this year's definitive soccer title, and the mobile version of PES 2017 [Free] has finally today launched worldwide on the App Store after an extended soft launch period since last December...

A couple of weeks ago a nifty minimalist skiing game called Just Ski [$1.99] hit the App Store. It's from developer Jeff Weber, who previously brought us the not-quite-as-minimalist skiing game Krashlander [$1.99], and despite looking like a simple side-scrolling skiing game Just Ski actually used more sim-like physics and mechanics. I've seen plenty of people who picked up Just Ski struggle with coming to grips with the system, but eventually things "clicked" and they went on to really enjoy the game. In the world of mobile games though, struggling through that initial learning curve can be a tall order, and I've seen just as many people pick up the game and then quit in frustration before having it click. With that in mind, Weber has released a quick tutorial video which should hopefully let people see how Just Ski works and hopefully make it easier to grasp...

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] developers have been increasingly trying to improve the game, and today's big update is another step in that direction. The new VS Attack Mode will replace the old Attack Mode and will feature simultaneous matches against opponents in real-time instead of the turn-based matches of old. This change should alleviate the frustration of waiting for opponents to take turns and then playing against AI versions of teams rather than against the actual players. Hopefully this will make that mode more fun to play. VS Attack will officially be available on May 24th...

If you're one of the many players of FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free], you'll be glad to know that starting tomorrow and for each Friday until July 3rd, you'll be enjoying various Team of the Season events, players, and items. Every Friday, the game will be celebrating one of the top five leagues in the game—Germany's Bundesliga, Italy's Calcio A, Spain's La Liga Santander, France's Ligue 1, and England's Premier League. Each Team of the Season Friday will bring along 23 players (11 starters and 12 reserves) who'll be chosen based on their performance in their domestic leagues. You'll be able to grab those players either through the Starters Plan or the Reserve Plan...

In early February we learned that Djinnworks would be taking on the sport of skateboarding with their popular Stickman aesthetic in a game called Stickman Skate Park. Then in late March, we got word that Stickman Skate Park had been renamed Stickman Skate Battle to put emphasis on its online multiplayer battling. Now, following a short beta test period, Stickman Skate Battle [Free] has arrived as of early yesterday. It offers a bunch of different parks to skate in, plus tons of unlockable characters and skate equipment. Check out the launch trailer to see Stickman Skate Battle in action...

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] is moving to add Team of the Season, but the developers are planning on doing it differently from the way console FIFA does it. Although we won't have all the details until a couple of weeks from now, the developers have given some hints as to how Team of the Season will look like. The developers will only release squads for the five major European Leagues (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and England), and they will follow the Console release schedule. For instance, when the console version releases the England TOTS, so will the mobile version...

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