When we think of sports things like football, rugby, running and boxing spring to mind. Along with simulated these physical sports, video games extend the sporting genre in different directions. Some games, like Pyre use the sports setting and aesthetic for a futuristic narrative that spins off into adventure or role play. Others, like Rocket League iterate on traditional sports by adding new elements or combining previously separate disciplines. There are sports games, like Skate that focus on the rush and thrill of sporting participation, while others like Football Manager stick to simulating a particular sport in minute detail.Finally, some video games create their own sporting challenge where esports athletes spend hours practising and honing their skills to compete in hugely popular online competition.
Cricket Through The Ages
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS
Genres: Action and Sports
Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Costs: Purchase cost.
Cricket Through the Ages is a competitive sport game themed around cricket but with little to do with the rules of that game. Players face off and aim for each other as much as wickets. Controls work by holding or tapping the screen to spin limbs and...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 4 players online.
Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...
Regular Human Basketball
Platforms: Mac and PC
Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Sports
Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.
Regular Human Basketball is a very different sports game. You play basketball by jumping around inside the robot players to control their moves. It sounds both strange and hard work, but in reality it's a lot of fun.
Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports
Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.
Players: This is a single player game.
Dunk Lords is an over the top two-on-two basketball fighting game. While themed around the well-known sport, here it takes on a more aggressive and full-contact form. But the result is about the silly competitive dribbling, shooting and dunking rather...
Genres: Action, Creative, Narrative, Racing, Rhythm and Sports
Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.
This is a rhythm game where you press buttons in time with the music to score points. It sounds simple, but similar to games like Guitar Hero, it soon gets more complex. Unusually the rhythm play has a futuristic racing story.
Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports
GPS Pong is a game of retro pong played in the real world by running and walking to move your bat. Once you have set up the game on two smartphones you specify how much space you have and then move to position your bat to return the virtual ball to the...
Platforms: PlayStation 5
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 8 players online.
Destruction AllStars is a futuristic combat-destruction sports game. You compete in teams in an arena battle. Players aim to destroy other players cars or fight hand to hand on foot.
Art Of Rally
Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports
Art of Rally is a racing game that focuses on stylised off road motion from the creator of Absolute Drift. Slide through the hand-crafted stages set in Finland, Japan and Spain with varying weather and time of day.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
Wreckout is a competitive sports game where you drive cars that catapult a ball into targets. Drawing on the classic Speedball games with a touch of Breakout, Micro Machines and Rocket League it offers a high octane and...
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.
Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.
Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Portable
Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 8 hours and 20 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or super cars, this game lets you step into the world of the...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Duration: Between 4 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.
Videoball is a minimalist sports game for up to six players. The aim is to get one of the balls into the opponent’s goal by shooting it with triangles. It’s highly skilled, frantic and works brilliantly in a competitive family setting.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing, Sports and Strategy
Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Mario Party (Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Gamecube) is an interactive board game. Players compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw dice and proceed around the board. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...
What The Golf
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Duration: Between 3 hours and 6 hours to complete.
What the Golf? is a golf game as bonkers as WarioWare. Each golf course has an unexpected twist, such as hitting yourself into the hole rather than the ball. It’s a brilliant parody that’s as much about making you laugh as getting a hole in one.
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.
Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.
FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...
Football Manager 2020
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Genres: Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 141 hours and 170 hours to complete.
Football Manager is a football management simulation video game that started back in 1992 and has evolved each year. Now fully licenced for most of the Football Leagues, it offers an intricate way to manage a Football Club of your own.
Platforms: Android and iOS Apple Arcade
Duration: Between 40 hours and 60 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.
Sociable Soccer is a fast-paced, quick to pick-up, slow to master, football game. Unlike the intricated lifelike simulation of FIFA, this game wants to recreate the frantic feel of classic arcade football games. It has its heritage back in Sensible...
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 6 hours and 17 hours to complete.
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.
Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.
QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...
Lonely Mountains Downhill
Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Sports
Race down a mountain on a bike. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash all the way from the peak to the valley. You choose your route to find the fastest way to the finish line.
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.
KartRider is an online kart racing game. You race and customise your kart on a variety of different circuits. Along with the usual fantasy vehicles this includes real cars. It's similar to Mario Kart and has power-ups and drift...
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.
Players: You can play with 12 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
12 Orbits is a tactical game where you control a small coloured ball by pressing a single button. When you are over the grey circles you press to orbit that circle, otherwise pressing the button will dodge.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Creative, Sports and Strategy
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
ClusterPuck 99 is an 8 player sports game where teams bash and jostle each other to gain control of the puck. The aim is to work together to get it to your opponent's goal, while avoiding other players and spikes. You can use power-ups and speed boosts...
Genres: Puzzle and Sports
Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.
Golf Peaks is a golf game you play by picking different shot cards and swiping in a direction. Unlike other golf games it more of a puzzle than a test of skill or timing. You don't even need to understand of golf.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4
Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 60 players online.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out you have to control top-heavy...
Platforms: Android, PC, Web Browser and iOS
Soccer Physics is a super simple football game you play by pressing one button. Made by Otto-Ville Ojala who also made the similar one-button games Wrestle Jump and Tank of Tanks, it's designed to be silly and fun. The matches are 2-on-2 and you time...
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.
Ear Hockey is a bat and ball competitive game played by listening to the in-game audio alone; no screen required. It uses spatial audio cues to signal to the player where they are in the play-space and where the main game object, the ball, is travelling.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
Absolute Drift is a skill-based racing game where the focus is on accuracy and elegance rather than just speed. You aim is to use a controlled skid to get around corners with the perfect racing line and score more points.
Street Power Football
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Rhythm, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
Street Power Football (Street Power Soccer) is a rhythm and timing game where you compete in a range of competitions that require timing, quick reactions and finesse. Some of these are a pure rhythm action or aiming challenge while others offer a full...
Grand Slam Tennis
Genres: Simulation and Sports
Grand Slam Tennis is a tennis game. You choose one of the 23 real tennis players or create your own. You can play either singles or doubles. Unlike other tennis games, this focuses on hitting the ball with a gesture via the Wii Remote. This extends the...
Drink More Glurp
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC
Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online.
Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a kart racing game with a different. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around the floor of your living room. You see the race from the view of the car beamed back to the...
Ultra Space Battle Brawl
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC
Ultra Space Battle Brawl is a team competitive battle a little like Pong/Breakout. The aim is to smash a glowing disc past the opponents' defences, rather than directly hitting the other players which gives it a sports rather than combat feel.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S
Genres: Action, Open World, Racing, Simulation and Sports
Players: You can play this with 50 players online.
Riders Republic is an extreme sports game. You can mountain bike, ski, snowboard, fly in a wingsuit and rocket-suit. This builds on other spots games with tens of online players competing at once in each event.
Genres: Action, Fighting, Physically Active, Racing and Sports
Duration: Between 10 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.
Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offer is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require considerable...
Super Pole Riders
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Genres: Fighting and Sports
A cross between the high jump, jousting and basketball, Super Pole Riders is a simple game where four players must get a ball hanging from a wire to the opponent’s goal using long poles. It’s the controls that make this game so much of a giggle to...
Mario Strikers Charged
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Mario Strikers Charged, also Mario Strikers Charged Football and Mario Power Soccer, was the sequel to Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube. It offers a fast and furious game of football staring Nintendo characters.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Sports
Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.
Pyre is an unusual mix of action role-playing and sports. It takes place in a fantasy world, where you guide a caravan of exiles during Rites fantasy sports games. As you explore you build a party of characters who encounter other groups of exiles and...
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.
Trials Rising is a four-player side-on motorbike racing game controlled by pressing ‘accelerate’ or ‘brake’ and using the stick to shift the weight of their riders’ bodies. The game emulates real-world physics, so you have to balance your...
Platforms: Xbox One
Genres: Action, Physically Active, Racing and Sports
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.
Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports Rivals are a pair of games offering the Xbox equivalent of Wii Sports. Although these games use the Xbox Kinect camera so you simply move in front of the screen to control the different activities.
Jet Set Radio
Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and iOS
Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.
Jet Set Radio is an action game where you play a skating youth traversing Tokyo, spraying graffiti and evading authorities. It was influenced from late 90s Japanese pop culture such as the rhythm game PaRappa the Rapper.
Tony Hawk 1 and 2
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.
Tony Hawk's is a skateboarding game series. It features the famous skater in 19 different games. From its start in 1999 on PlayStation it is now available on most consoles and has recently been rereleased in updated as Tony Hawk's 1 + 2.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.
Skate is a skateboarding series with innovative controls. One stick is used to control the skater's body and the other his feet. This resulted in the need to quickly motion different patterns to intuitively achieve different tricks - what become coined...
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