The best sports game for iPhone and iPad: Super Stickman Golf 3
Super Stickman Golf 3’s ancestor is the same Apple II Artillery game Angry Birds has at its core, but Noodlecake’s title is a lot more fun than catapulting birds around.
It’s a larger-than-life side-on mini-golf extravaganza, with you thwacking balls about giant forests, space stations distinctly lacking in gravity, and strange fortresses with a suspiciously high deadly laser count.
The single-player game’s fun, but SSMG 3 comes into its own in multiplayer, whether you’re taking the more sedate turn-by-turn route or ball-smacking at speed in the frenetic race mode. Note that the free version has some restrictions (limited courses; fewer simultaneous turn-based games), but there’s still plenty of genuinely crazy golf here to take a swing at.
Touchgrind BMX 2
We remember our BMX days, where the most daring thing most people tried was an ‘endo’ shortly before being hurled over the handlebars. Such stunts are deemed pathetic in Touchgrind BMX 2 which instead has you barrel along absurdly dangerous courses, performing all manner of stomach-flipping stunts whenever you’re flung into the air.
The two-finger controls are what make the game – instead of a traditional gamepad, you have one finger on the handlebars and another on the seat. Flicks result in stunts, which when chained get you massive points, shortly before you get all cocky and crash into a bin down an alley.
A game that doesn’t suffer fools, then, but one that’s tactile, immediate and fun, and that properly rewards perseverance and mastery.
Motorsport Manager Mobile 2
Football management’s fine, but do you really want to spend your time micro-managing entitled pig-skin hoofers? How about delving into motor racing instead, watching nutcases blaze around circuits at breakneck speed? That’s more like it!
In Motorsport Manager Mobile 2, you run a team, juggling drivers, sponsors, cash, and kit, before heading to the track for race days. Despite depicting discs zipping about a top-down circuit, races are tense and exciting – unless you lose, in which case they’re of course rubbish.
Put in the hours, and you’ll gradually improve your lot, take pole positions, and end up rolling around in a cash pile you’ll wish you could extract from your device’s Lightning port.
Touchgrind Skate 2
This one takes a rather literal stance regarding controlling a sports game with your fingers. The board appears on the screen and your fingers become tiny legs, enabling you to perform gnarly and rad tricks, man! Irksome lingo aside, this is a fantastic title that’s initially demanding but hugely rewarding once mastered.
You can also upload videos of your best moves and show off to your friends, and there’s fortunately no way you can skin your knees, unless you trip over while obsessively performing ollies, powerslides and heelflips while walking down the street.