Smartphone gaming across both Android and Apple platforms continues to get better. Graphics, gameplay and choice improve every year, giving players an abundance of sports to play.

Ultimately, we’re spoiled for choice, which makes it increasingly difficult to choose what to play. Here, we check out six great Apple and Android sports-based games for smartphones and even refurbished iPhones.

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MLB Home Run Derby

If you’re a fan of baseball, then this game is a sure-fire winner. An arcade-style experience inspired by the MLB’s midseason celebration of its All-Stars, MLB Home Run Derby unleashes the inner “big hitter” in you.

You try to smash as many balls out of the park as possible, earning bonuses along the way. There’s even a neat multiplayer mode to challenge friends.

New Star Manager

The game for all budding football managers, New Star Manager is a multifaceted virtual experience, putting you in charge of an entire team. Do what Arsenal’s new head coach Unai Emery is succeeding at in London by keeping the players, the fans, the board and the sponsors happy while winning games. Indeed, as favourites to win in Lisbon at 4/5 on in their latest Europa League game, it’s clear the Spaniard has instilled the winning mentality at Emirates Stadium.

Can you find the same win streak when you take charge of your team in this addictive game?

Stick Cricket 2

Stick Cricket allows you to control your destiny as you begin your career as a cricketer. You build from grassroots level, your ambition to represent your country as one of its leading batters.

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Great gameplay allows you to improve your skills with lavish shots like the ramp and scoop while improving your talent with different game modes like six hitting, survival and consecutive boundaries. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the game is the stats you accumulate as you play. You’ll want to get better and better making Stick Cricket 2 very addictive.

Asphalt 8: Airborne

One of the best racing games for iOS and Android smartphone users is Asphalt 8: Airborne. Winning plaudits for its exceptional gameplay and graphics – you really get a great sense of speed and movement with a wealth of controls – it’s a game that’ll please fans of classic arcade racing.

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An intuitive racer boasting a variety of modes and lots of cars to drive.

WGT Golf

If you want a break from the golf course but can’t get enough of the sport you love, WGT Golf is the game to have on your smartphone. It’s a free-to-play experience with great graphics featuring some world-renowned courses.

Different game modes enhance the fun from traditional 18 holes to a hole-in-one challenge and a fast-paced 9-hole closest to the hole match.

Table Tennis Touch

Table Tennis’ fast-paced game is recreated for the mobile phone with smartly developed gameplay and solid graphics. You get to play a variety of modes such as engaging in a career game with multiple matches or quick play single games and challenges available after unlocking them such as Arcade mode. The multiplayer mode adds another level of enjoyment.

These six great smartphone games are just a small sample of an exciting market for mobile-friendly gaming.

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These do, however, capture a good selection of some of the most popular sports as well as taking into account different game-playing tastes from fast-paced action to strategy, from single player to multiplayer.

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