Category Archives: Sports

Though I played my fair share of hockey in my youth, it may surprise you to find out that I am not a sportsman. I mean, unless downing an order of spice level 10 at the local curry restaurant counts as a sport now, but I suspect the Olympic Committee is going to give me a negative on that one. In spite of that, I really enjoy a variety of sports video games, even the ones based on sports I was never all that interested in before, like football and skateboarding. Looking at all of the sports out there, the biggest disparity in interest for me personally between watching/playing the real thing and indulging in the game version is with golf. I hope I don't offend any golf fans out there when I say that, for me, it's one of the most boring things around. Yet, for whatever reason, I love golf video games. From Golf on the NES to Links on the PC to Hot Shots Golf on PlayStation, I feel like I need to have at least one golf game on any gaming-capable hardware I own. Realism isn't even that important, as long as I get that satisfying feeling that comes from hearing that ball go into the little cup...

Blazing down hills on some super fly skies has never been part of my life, as I live in the flattest area in Sweden. Winter sports were always about snowball fights instead of graciously navigating between gates, or finding fresh snow to freestyle in...

The Winter Games may be behind us for a few more years now, but Old Man Winter's grip on the Northern Hemisphere seems to be holding strong. With flaky white stuff inevitably on the minds of more people than just the usual dandruff shampoo marketing executives, we've been seeing lots of great games that take place in or around snow. Not long ago I reviewed SuperPro Snowboarding [$0.99], which called back to the Tony Hawk era of extreme sports video games, albeit from a 2D perspective. Cubed Snowboarding [$0.99] takes things back a bit farther, with a feel more reminiscent of 8-bit computer sports games. Rather than trying to stuff in all of the intricacies of the sport, it gives you a limited and somewhat simple moveset, a mountain full of increasingly difficult courses, and a challenge to get the highest score you can in a single run of the whole sequence...

Sports games tend to go in one of a few different directions. Some of them opt for hard realism, trying to capture every nuance of the sport in a very clinical way. The aim here is to try to give the player the exact feeling of playing the sport. Others go the route of Tony Hawk, where it's kind of realistic in some ways, but fantastical in others. These games are cool because you're usually following the rules of the sport, but it makes you feel like you're a superhuman player. Another way to go is to pitch out any pretenses of reality and just go wild. The familiar surface gives something for the players to connect to, but the end result usually feels less like a sports game and more like another genre. Endless Surf [$0.99], the sequel to Bobble Surfer [$0.99] is from the latter school of thought. Looking at screenshots, you would think this was a Tony Hawk-style take on surfing, but it's actually pretty much a straight-forward runner with an interesting skin...

As you may know if you picked up Illusion Labs' touchscreen skateboarding game Touchgrind Skate 2 [$4.99] since it launched this past November, the game originally shipped with three playable skateparks and the promise of one more "coming soon." That fourth new park, called The Docks, has just been added to the game in an update over the weekend. The Docks is a concrete wonderland with lots of transition, plenty of handrails, and even some cement pipes to skate through. It's also quite different from the bright, sunny daytime settings of the previous parks and has a darker feel and some pretty cool lighting effects...

'SuperPro Snowboarding' Review - If You Like Tony Hawk, This Is A Snow-Brainer

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, back on the original PlayStation, was something of a revelation for me as a gamer. See, up until that point, I generally avoided games whose themes I had little interest in. If I didn't like watching or playing football, why would I like Madden? If I didn't like 7up, surely Cool Spot would not appeal to me. So, having little interest in skateboarding, I paid little attention to THPS until a friend pretty much forced me to try it. It quickly became one of my favorite games, and I became an avid fan of the series until it tragically asphyxiated itself with a giant skateboard accessory. All that, without knowing anything about skateboarding other than that I was really lousy at it. After that, I started to be considerably more open-minded about what I played, and that's never a bad thing...

Freebie Alert: 'Super Stickman Golf 2' Goes Free for a Limited Time

A couple of days ago, we detailed the brand new update for Noodlecake's Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free], and also mentioned that along with the new update the game would be dropping to free for a limited time. Well, consider this your official notice: as of right now, Super Stickman Golf 2 is available for free in the App Store. This is the first time the game has been free since launching in March of last year, and the latest update includes all sorts of cool stuff like new courses, new multiplayer options and more. Here's a glimpse at one of the new courses which is based on Team Meat's popular platformer Super Meat Boy...

Last month, Noodlecake Games talked a bit about their huge forthcoming update to Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free], which will see a new set of levels themed around Team Meat's brutal platformer Super Meat Boy. That in and of itself is very cool, but today the team has lifted the lid on more details concerning this major update which is set to hit the App Store this Thursday...

True Axis seems to be burning the midnight holiday oil, as this week they announced an actual release date for the years-in-the-making Jet Car Stunts 2, and today they've sent along a few new screens for one of the new upcoming parks for their fantastic skateboarding game True Skate [$1.99]. We first heard about the plan to bring four new skateparks to the game earlier this month, with some screens of a concrete park filled with transitions, but here's a closer look at the Schoolyard park that has more of a street skating feel to it...

When Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free] launched in March of this year, it expanded on and improved over the original game in just about every way, which is really saying something as the first Super Stickman Golf was sublime. Several months later, in August, a huge version 2.0 update added even more greatness in the form of new characters, new courses, replay sharing and a whole lot more. The team at Noodlecake has been somewhat quiet on the Super Stickman Golf front since then, but this week they've unveiled a small portion of what to expect from yet another huge update which is set to go live in January...

There are few undeniable truths in this world, and one of them is that Shaq isn't in enough video games (or genie movies). Sure, you can point to Shaq Fu, a video game that expertly blended Kung Fu and Shaq, but that was nearly twenty years ago. And yeah, there's his near-yearly appearances in NBA basketball games to consider, but are those really "Shaq video games"? The answer is no, no they are not...

True Axis' fantastic skateboarding simulation True Skate [$1.99] has been pretty well taken care of since its initial release in October of last year. After our original glowing review, True Skate has been updated with great new features like new missions and slow motion, a huge new skatepark and board customization, and improved transition skating. Well, it's been about seven months since True Skate has seen any sort of update, which is totally forgivable as True Axis is busy slaving away to get Jet Car Stunts 2 in our hands, but they're ready to make up for that lull with four brand new skateparks in the pipeline. Check out some new screens of one of those skateparks below...

'Football Heroes' Review - The Awesome Gridiron Mayhem

Football Heroes [Free] by Run Games is a sports lover’s wet dream come true. Combining crazy gameplay elements from past satirical sports franchises (Mutant League Football, Blitz, and Tecmo Bowl) with simplistic and strategic play-calling, Football Heroes is without question the best American sports portrayal on the app store. FB leaves out all seriousness and infuses an abundance of fun that overflows through its presentation, wit, and perfect controls. It has very minor technical glitches that I can completely overlook as it has easily become my most used app. For its advancement of a genre, controls, and presentation, it is an absolute no-brainer to download, play, and keep...

I love sports games. I always have. Don't get me wrong, I'm about as competent on the football field or on the basketball court as a pet rock on stilts... I was always the kid at school during baseball games who would pray for the love of God for the ball to stay the hell away, but when it comes to videogames, there's just something that clicks...

While hard hits and dazzling end zone plays seem to garner most of the attention when it comes to American Football, there's a deeper strategy element that sometimes gets overlooked. Pro Strategy Football 2013 [$1.99] looks to celebrate that facet of football with gameplay that focuses exclusively on the play-calling and scouting elements of the game. It succeeds well in this regard too, making it a must-play for any technical fan of the game...

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