Despite the sun's stubborn insistence on playing hide-and-seek with the Northern Hemisphere, people still manage to brave the winter temperatures and stay active. As you read this, athletes from around the world are gathering to compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as well as at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
At the same time, it is really cold out there. But that doesn't mean you can't take part in seasonal pastimes from the heated comfort of your living room. Below we present some of the best mobile winter sports games available for your Android phone or tablet.
Now you can enjoy the winter without all that winter getting in the way!
Ski Challenge 14
This gyroscope-enabled downhill skiing game claims to offer "realistic ski physics." Even if you're like me and have never actually skied before but have dabbled with tilt-controlled racing games, you will be familiar with the basic gameplay of Ski Challenge 14.
This first-person self-racer is free to download but has a bevy of add-ons and power-ups that players can purchase along the way. Additionally, an online mode allows you to measure your times against those of players around the world.
Ski Challenge 14 is not easy at first, but it gets more manageable after a few runs. If you can work through the frustration, everything starts to feel right. Be sure to take some time to look away from the track in front of you, though, as the designers have created some beautiful visuals and vistas to enjoy as you tilt and swivel your way down the mountainside.
You know curling: It's that Winter Olympic sport that uses brooms. The sport may seem silly to the uninitiated, but it's harder than it looks.
The objective in curling is to slide a "stone" closer to a target than the opposing team does. It's like bocce, except on ice and with a big, heavy rock. The Curling3D mobile game allows you to orient, aim, and launch the stone with a swipe of a finger. (Note: It is very easy to overlaunch until you get the hang of it.)
And don't think we forgot the brooms. Once the stone is on its way, the game lets you sweep in front of it via finger swipes in order to prolong the stone's velocity and to affect its path.
Although the physicality of any sport is difficult to re-create in a mobile game, Curling3D does a decent job of nailing down the gameplay. It's actually a fun sports game that is as much about strategy as it is about hand-eye coordination. God help me, I enjoy curling.
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