6 iOS games that capture the Olympic Games Rio 2016 spirit

By , on August 8, 2016

The 2016 Olympic Games are now in full swing in sunny Rio, and we've already seen some exquisite sporting action.

From the young gymnastics prodigy Simone Biles to the shock of seeing the Williams sisters and Novak Djokovic knocked out of the tennis competition, it's been a fascinating start to this year's Olympics.

If you've been bitten by the Olympics bug, here are six iOS games that will help scratch the itch in the hours in between events.

Real Boxing 2: Rocky

Real Boxing 2

In a year where head protection has been dropped for Olympic boxing, it seems right that we include a top boxing game on this list. Forget the fact that this is a tie-in with the Rocky series of films - all you need to know is that Real Boxing 2 nails the brutally tactical mechanics of real boxing on your iPhone.

Pixel Cup Soccer 16

Pixel Cup Soccer 16

It's perhaps easy to forget amidst all the other action, and because it's sandwiched in between the Euros and the new league season, but Olympic soccer is a pretty big deal. To whet your appetite for this weekend's quarter-finals, check out the best iOS footy game of recent times Pixel Cup Soccer 16, which takes a joyously arcadey approach to the beautiful game.

Table Tennis Touch

Table Tennis Touch

Everyone loves a game of ping pong. It's one of those sports where ordinary, unfit people reckon they're pretty tasty at it. Watching this year's Olympic table tennis contenders do their thing will correct such shatter any such pretenses. Never mind, there's always the wonderfully tactile Table Tennis Touch to keep you dreams of wiff waff glory alive.

King of the Course Golf

King of the Course

In a historic moment for sport, after 112 years, golf has returned to the Olympics. We couldn't not feature a golf game on this list. To be honest, none of the 'realistic' examples can hold a candle to the zany 2D antics of Super Stickman Golf 3, but King of the Course Golf blends accessible golf action with recognisable names and courses. So we'll go with that.



Running properly is a lot harder than it looks. Just ask the best in the world, Usain Bolt, who will line up to defend his 100m and 200m titles over the coming week. But even the real thing can't be as hard as QWOP, which puts you in control of all four of your athlete's limbs across various running, walking, and jumping events. Tangled legs and much hilarity invariably ensues.

Javelin Masters 3


Javelin is one of the most iconic of the track and field events. Lobbing a stick as far as you can throw it might not sound like an epic game of precision and timing, but that's just what it is. Javelin Masters 3 nails much of the appeal with a tactile, deceptively sophisticated online high-score chaser.