Sports games often get badly damaged, thanks to abusive monetization used by companies like Electronic Arts and 2K. Today’s report ignores the blatant mobile money grabs to offer something a little different. We’ve handpicked the best Android games that are really worth playing, with a hand-picked list of sports that offer fair prices and gameplay designed for fun. So, if you love sports but are sick of yearly roster wipes after spending tons of money on your digital teams, Android Police has the perfect roundup for you. Dig and have fun!
I’ve thought about why today’s roster doesn’t start with a big hit, and so Football Manager 2022 is here to start things off with excellent football management gameplay. Unlike other soccer games, this is a business simulation game where you will build your team from the ground up to see if you can take the lead. This game offers simulation-like gameplay that requires strategy and planning. Keep in mind that this is the mobile version of the game, so it’s somewhat stripped compared to the console and PC versions.
This premium game usually sells for $10, although some in-app purchases are included. Fortunately, these in-app purchases are only going up, as the purchases are primarily for convenience items. Given that Football Manager 2022 Mobile is a single player game, what you choose to spend will not affect anyone else. To some extent, this is a game with deep mechanics, fair income and interesting gameplay. Best of all, it’s well controlled on mobile.
If you prefer something more old school or are simply looking to live out your days playing Tecmo Bowl, you should definitely check out Retro Bowl. This game offers similar 8-bit graphics, but what sets it apart is the strategic gameplay and team management, which provides a greater depth of inspiration.
The game is free, with a credit system in play. You’ll upgrade certain features, like your stadium or training facilities, and in-app purchases are included, unlocking $0.99 for unlimited play. Also, there are optional credit packages for those looking to apply quickly. However, seeing that this is a single player game, what players spend won’t affect anyone else. As far as affordable mobile football games go, Retro Bowl is easily the number one contender thanks to its deceptively deep gameplay and fair pricing model.
Believe it or not, Virtua Tennis Challenge dates back to 2012 as a mobile version and was brought back to life as a Sega Forever game in 2017. You might not know it, but Sega used to develop high-quality tennis games back in the day. The Virtua Tennis Challenge is the culmination of this effort, seeing as it is the last game in the series. So, you can expect great gameplay, and even though the game is old, the graphics are good enough.
Now, the Virtua Tennis Challenge offers touch controls, and they work just fine when necessary. However, the game absolutely shines when playing with a controller, so this is the way to go if you have one on hand. Like all Sega Forever titles, you can play the entire game for free with ads. If you want to remove ads, you can do so for $2. For a complete tennis game that offers multiple modes to play through, from singles to doubles, you can’t go wrong with this game.
Grand Mountain Adventure
I’ve been playing my drums over the Grand Mountain Adventure for years now. Since the game was recently released on consoles and PC, mobile is still quite a viable platform to play the game if you haven’t checked it out yet. He’s great in small-volume bursts, thanks to his short challenges. Plus, console support means you sit for long sessions, just like a proper console game. The graphics are ready, there is plenty of content to explore spread across many mountains, and you can even play with friends locally across devices.
The first mountain is free, and if you like what you see, you can unlock the full title for $10.99, including all additional mountains previously added as DLC. Since the game retails on PC and consoles for $20, you still get a good deal on mobile, especially when console support is full.
There are plenty of golf games out there on Android, from copycat Hot Shots full of poor monetization to minimal ones that are as hard as nails. Located somewhere in the middle, OK Golf offers arcade-like gameplay spread across a wide range of low-density courses. This is not a knockout. They are complete courses with simple controls that anyone can pick up within a few minutes. Basically, it is a neat game that is built for fun rather than maximum profit, and this is what makes it easily stand out from the crowd.
OK Golf is a premium version that retails for $2.99, and there are no in-app purchases or ads. With simple graphics, any device can operate it, and with simple controls, anyone can operate it. It’s an accessible address that fits mobile well. If you are interested in golf, you should definitely play it.
The lower part of the ninth
When you think of board games, sports will be one of the last types that you might think of. However, Bottom of the 9 is not only a well-reviewed physical board game dating back to 2015, but also a mobile digital game of the same name. This interpretation is easily one of the best baseball games on the Play Store, thanks to its fair prices and time-tested gameplay. And don’t let the fact that this was originally a board game scare you; Mechanics is taught through a spring practice hitting and pitching tutorial, so all bases are covered.
The great thing is that you don’t have to jump into a multiplayer game right away. The game has a single player mode that you can get acquainted with before facing the direct opponents. The gameplay is limited to two players if you want to fight your friends so this is not a party game and more something two people can enjoy together. Best of all, this is a premium version that costs $1, which is cheap enough that almost anyone can afford it. Pair that price with accessible gameplay, and you’ll have a winner.
Even hunting games are not free from greedy fists for endless income. Although there are endless hunting games to choose from, if you are looking for something in depth that is not a quirky arcade game, your choices will be slim. Fortunately, Rapala Fishing is a quality contender that offers a variety of fishing spots along with all kinds of fish that can be caught. The 3D graphics are delightful, the controls are intuitive, and the gameplay is unrestricted, even if you are a free player.
Of course, Rapala Fishing is a free game, so it has in-app purchases, although its only use is to purchase in-game currency. You can use this coin to speed up your progress, but it is optional. The game can easily be enjoyed for free, although there will be more grinding. However, fishing is all about the quiet grind, so this fishing can be easily enjoyed at rest when relaxing.
Hop League Tactics
Sports management games have become popular, thanks to the huge success of Sega’s Football Manager series. If soccer isn’t your bag, maybe basketball is. Hoop League Tactics offers a mix of genres with SRPG tactical gameplay and management simulation mechanics. Not to mention the gameplay of a typical basketball game. It’s got it all, dear, with simple graphics that can be played on almost any phone, making it a very accessible basketball game that should appeal to a wide audience.
There is a seasonal mode as well as a professional mode. With Season Mode, you manage the entire team, while Career Mode is more of a single player’s personal journey. You can play for free, but if you want to customize an entire team, along with custom leagues imports and exports, then you can drop $4 for the premium mode. Premium also removes game ads. Think of this version as a mix of chess and basketball, as you get closer, with the option to get a premium if you like what you see.
This is the end of the Android Police game report. We’ve picked an eclectic mix of titles to cover everyone’s needs, all while ensuring that the games offer plenty of fun without being designed to suck money, so if you know of any sports that would fit into this list, comment in the comments as we’ll update this roundup. With new listings to expand the selection for everyone.
The latest Pixel Watch leak swears it’s pretty close, around the corner, and the Super-Duper will definitely be launching soon
read the following
About the author