When it comes to digital arts swimming games rarely draw attention nowadays. Sure a lot of games have water levels or swimming in them, but it’s uncommon for us to get a game solely devoted to swimming. Swimming games were more popular on older playing platforms, when game mechanics were less complex in general, however, that does not mean that every now and then we don’t get a great aquatic game. Here, we will explore some of the top swimming games that were released either for smartphone, PC, or one of the major consoles.
Swimming Pool Race 2017
This is a game for Android, which is really a perfect platform for a swimming game since it relies on simplicity as a major point of player engagement. The rules are quite simple, you tap on the screen to move, you tap faster to accelerate, and to turn around.
The twist, however, is that you have limited stamina which depletes rather fast should you choose to swim at a rapid pace. In other words, the game has an additional layer of depth which prevents the player from tapping on a screen like a maniac but rather forces them to consider their decision and manage their stamina.
Michael Phelps: Push the Limit
The reason why it is difficult to create an immersive swimming game is that the sport requires a swimmer to activate their entire body, whereas the player only relies on the fingers to move the in-game character. Luckily, with the help of Kinect players are way more active and cannot play the game while sitting on a couch.
The first Kinect sensor was not perfect, but it was a step in the right direction and swimming game like Michael Phelps: Push the Limit, definitely made way more sense than some of the other titles released for Kinect play-style. Even though you don’t get to play in an actual pool the game did leave you soaked in sweat, so as far as the swimming video games go, this one was pretty much spot on.
This is an open-world survival-adventure that takes place in an underwater environment on a foreign planet. The player is a diver who explores the depths and wonders of an alien ocean, and even though the main objective of the game is exploration, swimming is still an integral part of it, which is why the game is on this list.
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
How can we not include the game that is licensed by the International Olympic Committee, and that is played on the Wii and Nintendo Switch. First of all, you do have a swimming competition, among other things, second, you can play by swinging your hands around just like on Kinect, and most importantly you get to play as some of your favorite childhood heroes (Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, etc.). The new installment “Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games” is set to release in November 2019 and it was also showcased on 2019 E3.