Whether it’s soccer, cars, stunt bikes, tennis or golf, sports titles are some of the most sought-after games to play on phones. That’s because they tend to bring different disciplines to phones with controls and gameplay that are too fun to pass up. In this article you’ll find a list of the best sports games available to play on phones in 2023.

Rocket League Sideswipe

The famous soccer/car game has finally made the leap to phones with a spectacular format that ensures intense and fun games with a lateral perspective. Rocket League Sideswipe allows you to face other players (alone or in pairs) with the goal of putting the ball in their goal more times than they put it in yours, always with a countdown of two minutes. As you win matches in this sports game, you’ll unlock new cars, objects and improvements for your vehicle. [Download]

Rocket League: screenshot of a car flying to strike the ball.

NBA All-World

If you’re an NBA fan, then you’re in luck; Niantic has released NBA All-World, a sort of Pokémon GO-style basketball game. Yes, you read that right: you can now take walks around your city while shooting virtual baskets, facing off against rivals and recruiting famous b-ball players for your own team. And it’s all done with official licenses from the American League! This sports game is completely free of charge and will help you gamify your daily walks around your own city. [Download]

NBA All-World: two in-game screenshots.

eFootball PES 2023

Are you looking for a traditional-style soccer game? Then look no further. eFootball PES 2023 is a free project that lets you train your own team to compete in online matches against other players. It offers realistic graphics, precise touchscreen controls, and a huge roster of soccer players and real teams—although not all of the clubs have official licenses. You also have the option to play practice games in the free offline mode. [Download]

eFootball PES 2023: in-game screenshot of a football match.

FIFA Mobile

Another great option for anyone looking for a good mobile soccer game is FIFA Mobile, which is also available for free. It’s very similar to the previous game, with the main difference being that here, you’re going to find all the players, teams, leagues and competitions with their real names. It offers several different game modes, although its main focus is on the creation of your team, which you can customize both with accessories as well as players that you’ll unlock by opening packs of cards. The game’s graphics are another aspect that gives this sports game an advantage over similar ones. [Download]

FIFA Mobile: player hitting the ball.

Touchgrind BMX 2

Now we’re moving on to street sports with Touchgrind BMX 2, a game that lets you control an urban stunt bike, doing jumps in challenging settings where you’ll have to pull off the best tricks you can. The BMX controls are a lot of fun, using two fingers (pointer and middle) to move the bike as if it were a toy. With your fingers placed on the handlebar and the seat, you’ll have to try to complete all sorts of different tricks either alone or online. However, the hardest part is sticking to the landing to ensure your points count. [Download]

Captura de Touchgrind BMX 2.

Perfect Grind

Now, if it’s grinding you like, but you prefer four wheels instead of two, we definitely recommend Perfect Grind. This is a 3D skateboard game where you’ll move around easily thanks to its intuitive controls, and all you have to do is simply slide your finger around to pull off increasingly spectacular tricks. It’s a minimalist mobile version of classic skateboarding games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, that includes collectible items scattered throughout the settings. [Download]

Perfect Grind: three in-game screenshots.

Haikyuu! Touch the dream

Based on the popular manganime, Haikyuu! Touch the dream offers an incredible volleyball game with a lateral perspective that includes all the main characters from the series. This means that in every match you play, you’ll find familiar faces by the likes of Tobio Kageyama, Kei Tsukishima, Wakatoshi Ushijima and, of course, Shoyo Hinata, just to name a few. On top of all that, the gameplay is surprisingly original, using a card-based strategy to determine the importance of each character in the move you’re making, which makes for fast, fun and strategic games. [Download]

Haikyuu! Touch the dream: manga-like players in the middle of a volleyball match.

Asphalt Xtreme for Netflix

We couldn’t possibly forget to include car games on this list of sports games. And, of course, there’s one saga in particular that practically has a monopoly on the mobile genre: we’re talking about Asphalt, a racing game series that takes full advantage of device performance with spectacular graphics and super fun systems. Currently, the most highly recommended is Asphalt Xtreme, although it’s exclusively available for Netflix subscribers. If you have an active account, then don’t hesitate to give this game a try. [Download]

Asphalt Xtreme: car racing in a desertic landscape.

Beach Buggy Racing 2

If you’re looking for something with more of an arcade feel, then one of the most popular mobile racing games you can find is Beach Buggy Racing 2. In this case, you’ll find a system that’s less simulation and more competition between drivers, a lot like the classic Mario Kart games: there are tons of characters, customizable cars and special powers that you can get during the race to mess with the other players and give your own car a leg up in the race. [Download]

Beach Buggy Racing: two cars racing while a dragon spits fire.

Tennis Clash

The first big video game in history was a reinterpretation of tennis, so how could we possibly leave this sport off our list of sports games? There are tons of great titles out there that have adapted this sport for mobile devices, but one of the best ones on the market right now is Tennis Clash. It’s an online tennis game where you’ll compete against other players. The controls are simple: all you have to do is slide your finger in the direction you want the ball to go. Of course, it gets more complicated as you play, and it also includes customization options for your tennis player. [Download]

Tennis Clash: female player reaching for the ball.

8Ball Pool

Pool is a sport and the game that best adapts it for phones is 8Ball Pool, a multiplayer game that lets you play online against players from all over the world. The games are played according to the traditional rules that you set, and the controls are exactly what you’d expect from this type of game, with the added detail that they’re precise and easy to learn (though difficult to master). As if that weren’t enough, between rounds, you can use the coins earned in the game to improve your cue, which starts out being too simple in the beginning. [Download]

8Ball Pool: screenshot of a pool game between two players, named Susan and Brian.

Bowling Crew

Another sports game we couldn’t leave off this list is bowling, one of the most entertaining sports and one that best adapts to the mobile game style. If you’re looking for a specific game, then you’ll definitely want to check out Bowling Crew, a title that’s played vertically, throwing balls down the lane to knock down as many pins as possible. There are tons of different lanes and modes to challenge your friends and other players from all around the world. Of course, you can also unlock new balls with eye-catching designs. [Download]

Bowling Crew: three in-game screenshots.

Top Eleven

Are you looking for a sports game that’s more focused on strategy? Then we’d recommend Top Eleven, a game that lets you manage your own soccer team. Its gameplay covers every imaginable aspect of managing a team, from the stadium and equipment to the decisions made from the sidelines in each match. However, one of the most important parts of this game has to do with transfers, which are carried out in live auctions where you’ll compete against people from all over the world in real-time. [Download]

Top Eleven: in-game football match screenshot.

Nano Golf: Hole in One

We’re going to finish off this sports games list with one of the sports with the most games in existence, with the exception of soccer: we’re talking about golf, with one of its best adaptations being Nano Golf: Hole in One. This game forgets about realism to offer 2D pixelated settings where you’ll have to do exactly as you’d expect in any traditional golf game (hit the ball into the hole using the fewest swings possible) while the difficulty of each level increases as you play. Its simplicity is what makes it so fun, while also providing a good challenge. [Download]

Nano Golf: Hole in One: three screenshots of this sports game.


Translated by Sarah Odebralski