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Sports games often get a bad wrap, thanks to the abusive monetization used by companies like Electronic Arts and 2K. Today’s roundup forgoes the blatant money grabs on mobile to offer something a little different. We’ve chosen the best Android games that are actually worth playing, with a hand-picked list of sports titles that offer fair pricing and gameplay built for fun. So if you love sports games but are tired of the yearly roster wipes after sinking tons of money into your digital teams, Android Police has the perfect roundup for you. Dig in and enjoy!
Football Manager 2022 Mobile
I figured why not start today’s list with a banger, and so Football Manager 2022 is here to kick things off with its excellent soccer management gameplay. Unlike other soccer games, this is more of a business sim where you’ll build your team from the ground up to see if you can take the top spot. This game offers simulation-like gameplay that requires strategy and planning. Keep in mind this is the mobile version of the game, so it is somewhat stripped down compared to the console and PC releases.
This premium game typically retails for $10, though some in-app purchases are included. Luckily, these IAPs only go so high, where purchases primarily exist for convenience items. Seeing that Football Manager 2022 Mobile is a single-player game, what you choose to spend won’t affect anyone else. More or less, this is a game with deep mechanics, fair monetization, and enjoyable gameplay. Best of all, it controls well on mobile.
If you prefer something a little more old school or are simply looking to relive 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 strategic gameplay and team management, offering more depth than its 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, with a $0.99 unlock for unlimited gameplay. Also, there are optional credit packs for those looking to advance quickly. Still, seeing that this is a single-player game, what players spend won’t affect anyone else. So as far as fairly-priced mobile football games go, Retro Bowl is easily a top contender thanks to its deceptively deep gameplay and fair pricing model.
Virtua Tennis Challenge
Believe it or not, Virtua Tennis Challenge dates back to 2012 as a mobile release and was brought back to life as a Sega Forever game in 2017. You might not know it, but Sega used to hammer out quality tennis games back in the day. Virtua Tennis Challenge is the culmination of that effort, seeing that it’s the last game in the series. So, you can expect polished gameplay, and even though the game is old, the graphics are plenty good enough.
Now, Virtua Tennis Challenge does offer touch controls, and they work fine in a pinch. However, the game absolutely shines when playing with a controller, so it’s the way to go if you have one handy. Like all Sega Forever titles, you can play the entire game free with ads. If you’d like to remove the ads, you can do so for $2. For a full-fledged tennis game that offers multiple modes to play through, ranging from singles to doubles, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Grand Mountain Adventure
I’ve been beating my drum over Grand Mountain Adventure for years now. Seeing that the game was recently released on consoles and PC, mobile is still a perfectly viable platform to play the game if you’ve yet to check it out. It’s great in bite-sized bursts, thanks to its short challenges. Plus, controller support means you sit down for extended sessions, just like a proper console game. The graphics are on point, there is a ton of content to explore spread across several 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 the extra mountains added previously as DLC. Since the game retails on PC and consoles for $20, you’re still getting quite the deal on mobile, especially when controller support is packed in.
Bottom of the 9th
When you think of board games, one of the last genres you’d think of would be sports. Yet, Bottom of the 9th is not only a well-reviewed physical board game that dates back to 2015, but it’s also a digital mobile game that goes by the same name. This interpretation is easily one of the better baseball games on the Play Store, thanks to fair pricing and time-tested gameplay. And don’t let the fact that this was originally a board game scare you away; the mechanics are taught through a Spring Training tutorial for batting and pitching, so all bases are covered.
What’s great is that you don’t have to jump into multiplayer immediately. The game has a solo play mode that you can familiarize yourself with before taking on live opponents. The gameplay is limited to two players if you want to battle your friends, so this is less a party game and more something two people can enjoy together. Best of all, this is a premium release that clocks in at $1, which is cheap enough that just about anyone can afford it. Pair that pricing with accessible gameplay, and you have a winner.
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