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Oman Game Review: Top smartphone games for the season

The latest instalment in the NBA 2K franchise comes with features that offer irresistible simulations, while the third edition of the Real Racing series is still a must-have on smartphones. Take a shot at the hoop or get behind the wheel for exceptional experiences.




NBA 2K17


It’s hardly a surprise that NBA 2K17 takes the top spot on our list of Android games for the season; it really is a class apart when compared to other games in the corresponding sports genre. Super-slick graphics, an unparalleled bespoke physics engine and a star-studded player list are what make this a great title. Other highlights include a MyCareer mode, a new Off-Day Simulator, an expanded EuroLeague feature, and (thankfully) accurately licensed team kits. Oh, and before I forget: you can also play the game with a controller; meaning, you can finally enjoy your games like it was always intended to be played.


Real Racing 3


Released back in 2013 (!), Real Racing 3 has (now) started showing its age quite a bit; but there’s no denying that it is still the best racing game you can currently indulge in with your smartphone. Even better: you don’t need a power-packed phone to run the game; your four-year-old Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5 can easily churn out the slick graphics without much sweat. The game lets you take control of real world cars such as the Nissan GT-R, Shelby GT500, Lamborghini Aventador LP-700, and many more, to round off the simulation experience. The graphics are splendid, and can only be seen as tacky when viewed from a bird’s-eye angle. There are numerous game modes, such as time trials, standard races and the Time Shift multiplayer mode, which offer varying challenges to players. All of this, coupled with constant updates and patches added to the game by publisher, Electronic Arts, makes this a must-have game on your smartphone.