Gamers can try their hand at swimming, skeet, long jump, archery, table tennis and even the 110 metre hurdles — all from the comfort of their favorite browser.
London 2012: Official Mobile Game (For Your iPhone, iPad, Android)
Always on the go, just like a real athlete? Put the Olympics experience right in your pocket. Developed by Neowiz, the London 2012: Official Mobile Game lets players will create their own cartoony Olympian. The avatar then competes in any nine of the following medal-worthy events: 100 metre dash, 110 metre hurdles, double trap (shooting), triple jump, pole vault, 100 metre freestyle, 100 metre butterfly, kayaking and archery.
SimCity Championships (For Facebook)
SimCity Social may not be the most original Facebook game around, but the developers sure know a thing or two about keeping players hooked.
To correspond with the Olympics, EA has invited SimCity Social gamers to participate in the SimCity Championships. Sporty city managers will “compete” in events (i.e., collect tokens that they’ll need to spend, just like a regular mission), and each medal you earn will award you points.
Reaching certain point totals will award you with some cool athletic facilities for your town, like a public pool, archery range or even a stadium. And to earn tokens you’ll need to purchase some other special sports-themed facilities — before you know it, your SimCity might look an awful lot like SimLondon 2012.
Olympic Games City (For Facebook)
If the security bungles leading up to London 2012 have taught us anything, it’s that hosting the Olympics can be a terribly difficult task to manage for its host city.
Think you could do better? Neowiz Entertainment wants to see you prove it in Olympic Games City, a sports-themed city-building experience on Facebook.
Summer Games 2012 (For Android)
The Summer Games 2012 series (and its later incarnations, Winter Games and California Games) offered some of the coolest sports action money could buy on the Commodore 64. And while Summer Games 2012 isn’t made by the folks who were behind the original series (the now defunct studio Epyx), it’s pretty clear where it draws its inspiration from.
Players can compete in the 100-meter dash, swimming, gymnastics, weightlifting, rowing and the high jump — all in pixelated, mid-80s quality. And while the gameplay isn’t anything to write home about, the pure nostalgia factor of Summer Games 2012 makes it worth at least a cursory look.