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Top 3 Cycling Games for Mobile Gadgets
For many of us, our smartphones have evolved to become useful tools that help us keep track of the routes we ride through, the amount of time we spend on our bikes, and even the calories we burn. We use them for listening to music while we cycle, and they’re great for the occasional selfie after a successful day. But our smartphones don’t just have to be tools that help us keep our cycling game up; rather, we can use them to enjoy a few cycling games while trapped indoors.
Gaming Realms, operators of Total Gold, have noted “Games account for over 50% of smartphone app usage; and half of Facebook users go to the site specifically to play games”. This has resulted in an influx of different mobile games in the market, with apps now numbering in the millions now.
Perhaps the reason for the popularity enjoyed by mobile gaming in recent years is the versatility of the games available to players. There’s truly something for everything on the mobile game market, whether you’re a racing game lover, a casino slot machine aficionado, or someone who enjoys shooting zombies. Even cycling enthusiasts, who’ve seen quite a scarce selection of games in the past, now have a variety of choices. There are a bunch of great cycling titles on the mobile gaming market, but here are three of the best ones that are now available for download:
CRC – Pro Cycling
CRC – Pro Cycling is a fast-paced cycling game with very nice graphics. It gives players the chance to compete with other contenders in a variety of circuits that include city centers and breathtaking countryside themes. Apart from racing tournaments, some of the game’s features include a customizable avatar, completely customizable bikes, and actual prizes for players who top the online leader boards. If you want a competitive game with graphics that fit the next-gen mobile framework, this game is for you.
Official Tour De France 2011
Even three years after its initial release, the Official Tour De France 2011 remains one of the best cycling games on the market.
In this game, players will participate in the 21 stages of the 2011 Tour De France. They will need to concentrate in managing the cycling team in order to win the tour’s rounds. Players can control their members with just 4 buttons, but commanding them effectively takes practice. There are different strategies to win the Tour de France, and players need to figure out the best strategy to win first place. Out of the three games in this article, Official Tour De France is the most realistic one. The developers captured every detail of the race and combined them all into one, solid mobile game.
Although not a game per se, Virtual Active is a great app that allows you to turn even the most boring runs into adventures. The app teleports you from your stationary bike and takes you out to places like the Swiss Alps to the canals of Venice, and while we don’t recommend this for us outside, it’s certainly a way to get yourself motivated to travel to these beautiful places.
Do you have a cycling-related game that you enjoy playing apart from these three? Share your games at the comments section below!