Americans spend an average of 5 hours every day engaged in sports and leisure activities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A good sports app might help give you the same fix in less time. The very best sports game apps combine advanced graphics with simple, touch-based controls, making it easy for you to pick up your phone or tablet and jump into the action. Whatever type of sport gets you going, there’s likely a great game to match it on iOS devices. Whether you like getting into the middle of the rough and tumble of big-league sports or prefer to manage teams and tactics, there’s something for you to sink your teeth into in this list of some of our favorite mobile sports games for iOS. Report this Advertisement 1. NBA 2K15 Best iOS Sports Game $7.99 iTunes The mobile version of NBA 2K15 brings great basketball gameplay to mobile devices. The action is fun, the graphics are slick, and the latest update rounds out Career and Quick Play modes with Season and Blacktop modes, offering almost the entire console NBA 2K15 experience in a mobile package. Whether you’re looking to guide a single rookie through a career or lead an entire team through a full season, NBA 2K15 has something great to offer. 2. NHL 2K Best iOS Sports Game: Runner Up $7.99 iTunes It’s been a while since 2K’s last mobile hockey game (NHL 2K11), so a new version is welcome. Like NBA 2K15, NHL 2K provides a solid Career mode for gamers to create their own rookie hockey player to guide through the ranks to sports stardom. In addition to the Career mode, NHL 2K includes a Mini-Rink mode for fast-paced three-on-three games, as well as a simple turn-based shootout mode. The lack of a full Season mode is a bit disappointing, but NHL 2K is still an enjoyable mobile hockey experience. 3. MADDEN NFL MOBILE FREE An interesting mix of hardcore sim and free-to-play fun, Madden NFL Mobile combines the franchise’s hard-nosed American football action and tactical play with a digital trading-card system. The game features slick graphics, as well as technical gameplay that rewards smart playbook choices and sound tactics in the field. Madden NFL Mobile also offers League and Season modes, live events and challenges to spice things up, as well as a marketplace and auction house for purchasing booster packs or extra players to upgrade your team. 4. FOOTBALL HEROES: PRO EDITION FREE Whereas Madden NFL Mobile goes for a mix of arcade and simulation gameplay, Football Heroes: Pro Edition is a full-on arcade experience that draws inspiration from Tecmo Bowl and NBA Jam. Simple arcade controls, super moves and a cartoony art style keep things light and fun, with multiplayer support over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that lets you battle it out with friends. Like many free-to-play sports games, it’s driven by a collectible card mechanic, with players spending in-game points or real cash in order to purchase booster packs of players. 5. MLB PERFECT INNING FREE While Gamevil’s earlier Baseball Superstars games featured an anime-RPG aesthetic, the licensed MLB Perfect Inning offers more realistic sports sim gameplay along with its free-to-play card-collecting system. Perfect Inning’s numerous game modes include a full-on AI-controlled simulation, an offense-only mode, and a mode that has you take full control of your team’s pitching and batting. As players progress, they earn points that can be spent to buy new players or upgrade their existing lineup (all of which also can be done with real cash). 6. VIRTUA TENNIS CHALLENGE $4.99 iTunes Sega’s Virtua Tennis Challenge brings the venerable sports franchise to mobile devices, letting players choose from 50 fictional players in their quest to become the world’s No. 1 tennis player. Players can utilize either gesture controls or a more traditional virtual gamepad as they cut loose with lobs, slices, drop shots and more. The SPT World Tour mode challenges you to advance to the top by competing in new tournaments daily. Exhibition matches allow you to cut loose with quick matches, and you can challenge your friends to a multiplayer match over Bluetooth. 7. FIFA 15 ULTIMATE TEAM FREE FIFA 15: Ultimate Team is the latest iteration of Electronic Arts’ annual soccer sports franchise, and challenges players to build their dream team of players. The latest version focuses on the Ultimate Team mode, in which players start with a limited stable of players and earn points to collect and trade the world’s best soccer stars. FIFA 15 features the familiar gameplay of previous editions, while also offering a Quick Simulation mode that puts you in a simplified management role, deciding team tactics and substitutions. Other features, such as Team of the Week and playable real-world matchups, provide a lot of new material to keep the game fresh. 8. FOOTBALL MANAGER HANDHELD 2015 $8.99 iTunes Sega’s Football Manager Handheld series has a well-earned reputation as a fantastically detailed sports management sim, and the latest iteration builds on the well-worn path of its predecessors. Players manage their own football team, deciding on team lineup, tactics and trades. Improvements for 2015 include a new match engine, which offers a more detailed view of your team performance. The UI is on the dry, menu-driven side, but as a hardcore sports management simulation, it’s a stat junkie’s dream. 9. NEW STAR SOCCER FREE Rather than having players manage the minutiae of running an entire team, New Star Soccer focuses, RPG-style, on a single character. You begin as a 16-year-old rookie, and it’s up to you to guide your budding young player through the world of professional soccer, making key decisions both on and off the field. Entire matches can turn on quick-play shooting, passing and interception minigames, which can affect your relationship with your coach, teammates and fans. Off the field, you’ll need to keep up your training regimen, fend off the press and paparazzi, and curry favor with team management, all while trying to rest up for the next match. It’s a great melding of quick mobile gameplay and sports RPG that makes this free-to-play game a winner. 10. DEER HUNTER 2014 FREE A free-to-play hunting simulator from Glu, Deer Hunter 2014 fast-forwards past the hours of tedium of tracking your quarry to focus squarely on the perfect kill shot. Players slide left and right, and then aim down the sights to set up the perfect shot angle, with more points awarded for precision shots to an animal’s vitals. Early hunts start simple, but complexity and time limits quickly ramp up to keep things exciting. Numerous weapons and customizations give you a lot of gear to upgrade as you progress. 11. KING OF THE COURSE GOLF FREE Electronic Arts’ King of the Course Golf is decidedly less of a hardcore golf sim than the Tiger Woods series. The game instead aims for a more arcadelike feel, with game modes for conventional stroke play or trick shots such as hitting bulls eyes or skipping your shot across the water. The quick-play challenges might be on the fantastical side, but the game does offer famous real-world courses, such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst No. 2 and Banff Springs. 12.SUPER STICKMAN GOLF 2 FREE And now for something completely different. Super Stickman Golf 2 throws simulation totally out the window in exchange for absolutely wacky, side-scrolling physics-puzzle gameplay. Featuring 20 dynamic courses and a wide variety of hazards — such as magnets, moving obstacles and sticky terrain — Super Stickman Golf is definitely not your daddy’s golf sim. Players can unlock 53 different achievements, as well as a variety of hats and player avatars, and can participate in online multiplayer mode when they’ve grown tired of the single-player challenges. 13. REAL BOXING FREE Powered by the Unreal Engine, Real Boxing delivers stunning graphics to the mobile boxing genre. The attention to detail really shows in lighting flares, the sheen of sweat glistening off the fighters and the detailed ring. Players need to master how to read the opponent for clues on when to dodge, block or deliver devastating blows. Extra treats include training minigames and extensive player customization. 14. TRUE SKATE $1.99 iTunes Take to the skate park with True Skate, a mobile skating game that has you swiping, flicking and dragging on the touch screen in order to pull off crazy skateboard tricks. Rather than engaging you in missions or competitions, True Skate is more of a skateboarding sandbox, allowing you to play around in the game’s virtual skate park and score points based on the difficulty of your tricks. In-app purchases provide additional content, such as more skate parks and board customization options. 15. TABLE TENNIS TOUCH $3.99 iTunes Table Tennis Touch takes the high-intensity game of pingpong and translates it adroitly into a mobile-friendly form. Players take control of the paddles with swipes, engaging in high-speed rallies against a variety of opponents. Players can engage in a Career mode, have at it in Quick Play games or unlock a variety of challenging minigames in Arcade mode. Table Tennis Touch looks and plays great, and with a multiplayer mode in the works, it’s only going to get better.

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