iPhone Game Friday: Sports

Welcome to another iPhone Game Friday. It’s been a while since we did a roundup of sports games and, with the release of one of my favourite PC/Mac games on the iPhone this week, I thought it was about time we took another look at some of the best sports games on the platform.

We’ll be having a quick look at Football Manager Handheld, along with a number of other games including Doodle Bowling and Skee-Ball, among others. Once again, if you have any comments, or an app that you want reviewed, get in touch!

Doodle Bowling

Doodle Bowling

Doodle Bowling

Doodle Bowling (no relation to Doodle Jump) is a simple, yet highly entertaining bowling game. You pick the ball up and flick it down the screen, controlling the spin by swiping either left or right while the ball is in motion.

Scores can be posted to Facebook and compared with your friends and extra themes can be unlocked with the more games you play. For a free app you can’t go wrong with Doodle Bowling. It’s great to pick up and play when you have a spare five minutes and the graphics and animation are basic yet brilliantly effective. There is also a Pro version that comes without adverts for $1.99.

Price: FREE
Developer: GameResort 
Download: App Store

Football Manager

Football Manager

Football Manager Handheld 2010

Surprising many people this week was the announcement that the fantastic Football Manager series was bringing its Handheld version to the iPhone, with the release following less than 48 hours later. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, you take control of your favourite football (soccer) team, controlling everything from tactics to transfers as you try and lead them to glory.

This stripped down version contains 34 leagues across 11 countries with a 20,000 player database, so you can build your perfect team with some of the world’s best players. The perfect game to lose your life (and marriage) to, there are also some unlockable features including international management and the removal of the transfer deadline.

Price: $9.99
Developer: Sports Interactive 
Download: App Store

Red Bull Racing Challenge

Red Bull Racing Challenge

Red Bull Racing Challenge

If I’m honest, I picked this one up a month ago when the Formula 1 season started and the app was free, however don’t let that put you off. As driver of a Red Bull car, you can take part in an Quick Race, Time Attack or Season Mode (including practice and qualifying) across 6 circuits.

Races can be influenced by the weather, so you must get your pit stops and tyre choices right in order to take the crown at the end of the season. Bluetooth multiplayer is also available and there are numerous unlockable videos which you can gain by completing the quiz. Theoretically just a promotional tool for Red Bull Racing, they’ve actually made quite a fun, arcade style game.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Artificial Life 
Download: App Store

Skee-Ball

Skee-Ball

Skee-Ball

Top in the US app store at the moment is Skee-Ball, based on the classic game found at carnivals and fairgrounds around the world. Like Doodle Bowling, Skee-Ball has such a simple premise and yet executes it brilliantly, with the NVIDIA PhysX engine providing realistic ball physics.

The aim is simple, to score as many points as possible by landing balls in the holes. To play, you flick your finger to fire the ball, then tilt the iPhone to add spin. The more points you score, the better ‘prizes’ you can buy and there are 80 in total to earn along with a number of unlockable achievements.

Price: $.99
Developer: Freeverse 
Download: App Store

Deer Hunter 3D

Deer Hunter 3D

Deer Hunter 3D

Finally this week is Deer Hunter 3D, a stunning looking hunting game from developers Glu. Go searching for deers, moose and bears, among many other animals, throughout 30 beautiful locations.

The animals emit realistic behaviours, making the game highly enjoyable and challenging. There are a number of weapons to unlock by killing the biggest animals, while weapon packs can be purchased in game. Good looking, great fun.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Glu
Download: App Store

What Have You Been Playing?

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