Volleyball is a lot of fun to play. Some days it might be raining outside and you still want to play. Video games can be a solution for this situation. This can be a great way to get to know the sport and rules. Some games are more realistic than others. It depends if you want to have fun or a more realistic game. We will discuss what games are available on computers, tablets, consoles, and VR. Volleyball video games are often developed by smaller studios as they are not as popular as other major sport league games. This affects the quality of these games so don’t expect the same as you would from NBA games or Football games.
Volleyball games for computer
You have to download Steam to be able to play these games. Steam is made by Valve, which is a very famous game developer.
This game is five years old so don’t expect the newest graphics. The reviews are very positive and the game is very affordable. You can only play beach volleyball in it. This limits the game but they try to make it as realistic as possible. The game is quite strategic and it gives you the feeling of being in a real match. Reviewers mention that it is a lot of fun to play, which is the most important thing for a game.
Spike Volleyball is a simulation. This means that the game uses realistic rules and mimics real games. The graphics look pretty decent overall. The game is already over 2 years old so don’t expect the newest graphics.
You can play with national teams or create your own team.
This game requires a controller to play. The reviews are not that great so you might want to check if it is something for you before you buy it. Some people remark that the controls are not easy and that the animations are not great. The game is also quite easy as the opponents are not doing a good job. Others remark that the game is fun and that they have a great time. You might want to try a demo or get it on sale as the game is quite expensive at full price. It can be a great game to have a few hours of fun but don’t expect to keep playing this for months on end.
This game focuses more on fun than realism. You have cartoony characters and they can perform unrealistic movements. It is quite hard to play so you might need to spend quite a lot of time learning how to play it. The reviews mention that the game is a lot of fun. The game is quite new so there might still be some bugs as the team is working on finishing the game.
The reviews for this game are very good overall. It can be a lot of fun to play this with friends.
The game is free to play so there is no risk in trying it. The video below provides a good overview of the game.
Another cartoony game that focuses on fun over realism. You can create your own player. A lot of reviewers really love the game and mention that it is possible to spend a lot of time on it.
It mainly focuses on beach volleyball so don’t expect to play with a full team. That is good news as the (AI) player on your team is not that good, making the game more challenging to play. Overall it is easy to learn the commands and you can have a great time with it. It is also very affordable so there is not a lot of risk in trying it.
Volleyball games for tablet or phone
This game is highly rated. It offers a cartoony game wherein you can use the five main volleyball skills (spiking, blocking, serving, setting, and digging). Some people might like the graphics but it has great reviews overall. The game is a lot of fun. The game is free and also available on Apple devices (iPhone and iPad).
This cartoony game has great reviews as well. Each player has unique characteristics and you can upgrade them over time. There are special effects as well so don’t expect a realistic volleyball game. It is a lot of fun and you can spend quite a lot of hours enjoying it.
This is an indoor volleyball game so you can build out a team. You can use national volleyball teams. The graphics don’t look that spectacular but it is fun to play. Some people have been playing it for several years as it offers a lot of challenges.
This game allows indoor and beach volleyball. It is possible to play against your friends. Overall the game is quite basic and has a cartoony vibe. You can train and customize your players. This is more aimed at casual gamers that don’t expect too many complex controls.
Volleyball game for consoles
The Nintendo Switch offers the most volleyball games. You have older games for Playstation and Xbox but you might have to dig up your old consoles to play them.
Super volleyball blast (Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo Switch)
We talked about this game before. It is cartoony and a lot of fun. The reviews are great and people have a lot of fun with it. Don’t expect a realistic volleyball game. It is just a game that offers entertainment. It is mainly focused on beach volleyball.
Spike Volleyball (Xbox and Playstation)
This is also on computers. As we discussed before, the game is quite good overall and the best realistic volleyball game that you can play. Don’t expect the best graphics or gameplay as it has been developed by a smaller studio. You can still have fun with it but be realistic about what you will get.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation)
This is the official Olympic game. They have a module that allows you to play volleyball and the national teams are present. Since volleyball is only a part of the game, you should have realistic expectations. It is fun to play but not too optimized. It is mainly focused on beach volleyball
These are both cartoony games for Nintendo Switch. Don’t expect realistic gameplay but a few hours of fun. They add cool visual effects to keep it entertaining. Desktop volleyball allows you to play with a team whereas beach volleyball is only player versus player. It can be a lot of fun to play these with friends.
Volleyball games in VR.
There are not a lot of virtual reality volleyball games so far. The hardware is still evolving so not a lot of people own VR glasses at the moment. To play this game, you need to move the controllers in your hand. It is important that you have a big room to do this so that you don’t smash into things. The game is quite cheap and can be a lot of fun if you have an Oculus Quest at home. You can play together with friends and see who is best at playing this game. It has to be mentioned that the graphics look quite cartoony so they don’t resemble other pro league games with HD graphics.
The game is still being developed so there might be some bugs. In the coming years, we should see more volleyball VR games on the market.
You can see some of the action below.
To conclude, we can state that there are several volleyball games out there. Most of them are a lot of fun but don’t expect triple-A games as most of the developers have smaller budgets. Therefore the physics and graphics are not top-notch. You don’t have great realistic simulations as most games are more focused on casual gamers. It might still be best to go to your sports arena and play with friends if you want to experience a realistic game of volleyball.