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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.
Release Date: 28/08/2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Rocket League is a sports action game where you drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It's a 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...
Release Date: 20/07/2020
Out Now: Web
Components: 2D Side-On and Text
Blaseball is an online baseball simulation. Unusually though, it blends in an absurd horror story where players are incinerated and the rules can change -- a little like the board game Blood Bowl. Players compete not so much to get their team to win,...
Release Date: 17/06/2023, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Blade Ball is a dodgeball-style sports game where players use their sword-like weapons to deflect the ball at each other to be the last man standing. Like dodgeball, you mustn't get hit by the ball or you are out, here you can move around freely and use...
Release Date: 12/12/2018
Out Now: Android, PC, Web and iOS
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
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...
Release Date: 13/06/2017
Out Now: Android and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On
Captain Tsubasa Dream Team (Captain Tsubasa Flash Kicker Dream Team on Android) is a game set in the world of a Japanese cartoon about football. It's a tactical rather than action game. You play as the manager rather than players, but then at key...
Release Date: 25/05/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Roller Champions is a roller-skating sports game. It's a full-contact battle where you complete laps to score points while keeping opponents at bay. While it may sound a little goofy, considerable skill is required to manoeuvre your player and gain...
Release Date: 14/12/2018
Out Now: PC
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Ear Hockey is a bat and ball competitive game played by listening to the in-game audio alone; no screen is 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...
Release Date: 07/12/2020
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Slapshot Rebound is a sports hockey game where teams battle to control the puck and score goals with real-simulated physics, like the classic football game Kick Off. Play is as you would expect, however, interaction with the puck is all through...
Release Date: 17/05/2023
Out Now: Mac, Web and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Otto's Tennis Game is a sports game where up to two players play short tennis matches. You must time your player's jumps to hit the ball with their racket. The twist is that you control your character's movement with only one button.
Release Date: 29/10/2021
Crab Game is a competitive action game where you play mini-games based on the Squid Game Netflix show challenges. Similar to Fall Guys, each requires you to be the last player standing to claim the win. Here, however, the game has a darker feel with...
Release Date: 21/05/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Knockout City is a futuristic sports game where rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on...
Release Date: 31/05/2020, updated in 2022
Components: 2D Overhead
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...
Release Date: 21/12/2010
Out Now: Mac, PC and Web
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
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 coordinating movement to gain forward motion. It's really...
Release Date: 21/12/2018
Sequence Storm 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.
Release Date: 29/11/2021
Rocket League Sideswipe is a competitive sport where you drive a car and aim to put a large ball in the goal. It's the mobile/smartphone version of the popular Rocket League esports game. Unlike the main game it is played in two dimensions, but still,...
Release Date: 28/02/2015
Out Now: iOS
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...
Release Date: 19/03/2021, updated in 2021
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
The Jump Yard is a platform puzzle game. You control a stickman that you can fire into the air at different angles. The aim is to land them on their feet on one of the 55 spots within the junkyard. A simple, but unique premise that is much harder than...
Release Date: 13/03/2022
Out Now: PC and Web
360 Degrees is a sports game where you play a skateboarding bunny. Using only the mouse, you perform tricks, grinds, and jumps as you knock over bins to cause havoc and score points in the streets of Melbourne. It combines these unique controls with...
Release Date: 25/07/2023, updated in 2023
Obby But You’re On a Bike is a traversal action game where you ride a bike through increasingly challenging obstacle courses. To play you need to time your peddling and steering to avoid hazards and jump gaps. It stands out for combining the Total...
Release Date: 06/03/2014
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Smash Hit is a surreal adventure where you shoot balls to smash the stylised world in harmony with the music. The challenge comes from your limited supply of balls, that must be topped up by hitting key objects. It stands out for offering a meditative...