best sports games for Android
Sports games have had a hard time keeping up with other genres in terms of quality. These days, you’ll find games with a little bit of polish, but the biggest, most in-depth titles are generally freemium games. That is disappointing. The sports games genre still has a lot of growing to do, even in 2017. Despite a relatively weak selection, there are some decent games in the sports genre. We tried to include as many pay-once games as we possibly could. You can also search yourself in Google Play. Some games have great graphics. However, the freemium style makes then difficult to truly enjoy. Anyway, let’s take a look at the best sports games for Android!


Djinnworks sports games

Price: Free / Varies
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Djinnworks is a developer on Google Play. They did a bunch of arcade style sports games. That includes games for football, basketball, soccer, skateboarding, golf, hockey, and others. The games all have a similar, arcade aesthetic. They feature little stick characters that play the sports. It's not altogether different from the sports games of the 1990's. They are also all pay-once sports games and we liked that a whole lot. They're not amazing deep and some of them have bugs. However, every one of them is free to download and try.
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EA Sports UFC

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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EA Sports UFC is probably the best sports games for UFC fans. It features an exhaustive roster of both male and female fighters. In addition, the game includes events, a story mode, simple controls, and decent graphics. There are also fighter customizations and other such things. It's a shameless cash grab (thanks, EA) in a lot of ways. However, there are a few dozen hours of good game play content here.
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FIE Swordplay

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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FIE Swordplay is one of the surprisingly popular sports games. This one involves fencing. You pick a weapon, fine tune your gear, and fight opponents. The game features real fencing techniques, good looking graphics, easy controls, online PvP, a story mode, and official support from the International Fencing Federation. This one also isn't a freemium game. That makes it a natural choice for this list. Fencing isn't the most popular sport, but this is definitely a great sports game.
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FIE Swordplay

FIFA Soccer

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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FIFA Soccer is the latest game in the FIFA franchise. It's also one of the most popular sports games. It features full rosters of over 550 real teams. That includes past and present stars. The game also include some of the best graphics in a mobile game that we've seen. It is an EA game. Thus, you should prepare for all of the freemium stuff. Don't expect a completely perfect game here. Otherwise, it's actually pretty fun for a while at least.
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Ketchapp sports games

Price: Free / Up to $2.99
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Ketchapp is another developer studio with a few good sports games. They include games for basketball, tennis, soccer, summer sports, and winter sports. The summer and winter sports games have a variety of mini-games that you play through. These are simple, arcade titles. You won't get amazing graphics or deep game play. However, they do fairly well as time killers. They are also relatively inexpensive. Hit the button above to check out their developer page.
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Ketchapp sports games


Madden NFL Football

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Madden NFL Football is the most popular football game on mobile. It features decent graphics, simple game play, up-to-date rosters, and more. The game also has weekly tournaments. Unfortunately, this is mostly a simulation game. You take over a team and add players to the roster. Players level up and improve in various ways. It's yet another EA Sports freemium game. Unfortunately, in this space, EA still does it better. That should give you an idea of how weak the sports game genre is on mobile.
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Maple Media sports games

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Maple Media is yet another developer on Google Play with decent sports games. These developers focus more on fringe sports like snowboarding, skateboarding, and they even have a hockey fighting game. Each game has its own set of mechanics, events, game modes, and other stuff. Some of them have online PvP, free roam modes, and other fun stuff. They are freemium games. However, they are not as aggressive as some others. A few of them even have support for hardware controllers.
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MLB Tap Sports Baseball

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Google Play has a variety of freemium baseball games. We chose this one because it's one of the newer sports games. It features mostly up to date rosters, tournaments, leaderboards, a home run battle mode, and surprisingly good graphics for a mobile game. It's a bit of a cash grab and that's a shame. Additionally, the game has a luck system that makes a lot of the optimizations frustratingly bad. There are other options in this space if this game doesn't suit your fancy.
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NBA Jam

Price: $4.99
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NBA Jam is what it looks like when EA Sports makes a good game for once. This is an arcade basketball game. Players go at it two versus two. The game play includes relaxed rules, optional online or local multiplayer, hardware controller support, and even support for Android TV. It's a port of the arcade game from the 1990's. However, it's still better than all but a few sports games. It's $4.99 up front with no ads or additional in-app purchases. Please make more like this one, developers.
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NBA Jam

NBA Live Mobile

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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NBA Live Mobile is actually a fairly decent basketball game. It has that popular mix of simulation and actual sports game. Players construct teams and then play it out against one another. This one has simple controls, decent graphics, The game lets you build your own team. It also lets you play with that team on the court. It is predominately online PvP. There are also a few decent game modes. It's a freemium game and a rather aggressive one. That's actually the one really negative thing on an otherwise decent experience.
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OK Golf

Price: $2.99
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OK Golf is one of the newer sports games. This is an ode to the arcade golf games of the past. You drag back and release to shoot the ball. It operates on a simplicity perspective. There are no clubs to choose from or things to tinker with. The game is just a nice relaxing game of golf. It comes with a few courses, decent graphics, and some secret stuff to find on your own. It's a pay-once game with no additional ads or in-app purchases.
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PES 2018

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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PES 2018 is the newest soccer game on mobile. It's also the only real competitor to EA's FIFA franchise. It features a lot of the same game play elements. You craft a team from existing players, actually play soccer, and build from there. It has a bunch of real players from a bunch of real teams as well. The controls are simple and the graphics are decent. Additionally, it's just a tad less aggressive on its freemium offerings than FIFA. You can play either one. They're both decent sports games.
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Rapala Fishing

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Rapala Fishing is one of a few reasonably competent fishing games. We chose this one because it's a little less aggressive with its freemium strategy than its competitors. The game features various fishing locations, easy controls, and daily tournaments. The game boasts no energy bar. That means you can play all day if you want to. We appreciated that. Otherwise, the graphics are decent and there isn't much to complain about. The game gets boring over time, but what game doesn't.
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Rapala Fishing

Stick Sports games

Price: Free / Varies with in-app purchases
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Stick Sports is a developer on Google Play. They make some decent and niche sports games. Their collection includes games for cricket, tennis, and soccer. They don't have the most impressive graphics. However, they are easy to play, kill time effectively, and they're generally fun. They are all freemium games as far as we can tell. Each game has its own set of features and mechanics, but they all share a common feel about them. They're free to download at least.
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True Skate

Price: $1.99 with in-app purchases
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True Skate is one of the most popular skateboarding games. It uses your fingers to control the board. Thus, you swipe your fingers around to do various tricks. The graphics are decent and the controls are really fun. Some other game features include slow motion and rewind functions, replays, and various challenges. It's not a freemium game. However, the DLC strategy is fairly aggressive. The base game comes with one skate park. The in-app purchases unlock other parks, missions, customizations, and other stuff.
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