25 best Olympics apps
Get some exercise – for your fingers, at least – with this collection of sporty mobile games.
Samsung: Take Part 2012
£Free (Google Play)
Samsung's collection of 3D and augmented reality games should ensure you've got something to keep you occupied in between heats as the athletes warm up their super-human muscles. With 100m sprint, 110m hurldes, 100m freestyle swimming and double-trap shooting on offer as well as AR-powered penalty shootouts and archery, you'll be challenging yourself in no time. The best part? You won't even break a sweat. Let's leave that to the professionals, shall we?
Atari’s Greatest Hits (with Video Olympics)
£Free + 69p, (App Store)
Video Olympics was one of the nine original launch titles for the Atari 2600 and, despite eight Olympic Games being held in the interim (not to mention a couple of advances in computer graphics), it’s still going on the iPhone as a buy-in game through the Atari’s Greatest Hits app.
Tom Daley Dive 2012
Free, (App Store)
Take part in the Olympics hosted in Barcelona, Beijing and London as Tom Daley. Just don’t expect your inelegant belly flops to be transformed into graceful manoeuvres when you next take on the high board at your local lido.
69p, (App Store)
Okay, so it’s not a stiffly regimented Olympic sport, but Stickman BMX is the ultimate tonic to all that po-faced judging and split-second timing. Jumps and rails abound, but we’ve yet to find the last word in earning your urban BMX cred: illegally riding in the Olympic lane.
ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection (Frank Bruno’s Boxing)
£2.99, (App Store)
Admittedly, it’s not the same without physical buttons to smash at while you rearrange your virtual opponent’s dental layout, but for a ringside seat at the retro games you can’t get a better hit than Frank Bruno’s Boxing on this ace little iOS ZX emulator.