The 20th Commonwealth Games kicked off a few days ago after a spectacular opening ceremony at Celtic Park, in Glasgow, Scotland. About 4,500 of the world’s finest athletes are competing for top honors in this 11-day sporting extravaganza, which has 261 medal events across 18 sports: swimming, hockey, rugby, boxing, and weightlifting to name just a few. The games conclude on August 3.
We recommend these apps to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of the action and can track the progress of your favorite athlete anywhere, anytime.
Glasgow 2014 (free)
The official app for the games offers live coverage, complete with information schedule, list of upcoming sporting events by date and time, details of teams and members, and more importantly, the results. You can even add your country, team or the athlete under the “favorites” option and show your support by authorizing the app to post on Facebook and Twitter on your behalf just like this.
I'm supporting Manavjit SANDHU for IND at @Glasgow2014 #LetsHearYou2014
— Nishtha (@inishtha) July 25, 2014
So let the games begin while you sit back and track the medal tally in real time and follow the sport of your choice.
Glasgow Travel Guide (free)
If you happen to be around Scotland, or are heading to Glasgow to catch the games, why not explore the city like a local?
This travel guide app has everything: featured attractions with photos, things to do, currency converter, weather forecast, maps, places to eat. In short this app is your own Swiss army knife for Glasgow travel.
Don’t even think about navigating through 14 different sporting venues on your own!Even if your country is not participating, we suggest some fun games you can play to display the spirit of the Commonwealth Games.
Jump Smash Legend (free)
This is badminton simulation at its best. The 3D graphics offer real court euphoria, complete with matching audio-visual effects to create the perfect match-like setting. Even before the game starts, you are given a majestic view of the court with crowds cheering and the players warming up before the game. There are three playing modes – “exhibition,” “tournament” and “training” offering varied levels of difficulty. You can choose from 32 characters inspired by world-renowned players.
So get ready to smash the reigning world shuttler with just few swipes — the championship title is at stake!
Finger Rugby (free)
This is a simple yet addictive game to exercise idle fingers: Use your finger and not your foot (for obvious reasons) to slam the ball between the posts. Bear in mind distance and wind while aiming for that penalty kick. Try not to shoot the ball out of grounds or you will end up losing your game life. Aim for the perfect kick and get bonus points and extra lives for being a penalty pro.
I’m Archer (free)
Increase your concentration by aiming for the target in this game of bow and arrows. Set the direction of the arrow in nano seconds and watch for the wind speed while aiming at the target. The gameplay is smooth and offers three gaming modes – “classic,” “timed” and “expert.” The controls are simple, requiring you to swipe the finger on the screen to hit the bull’s eye.
Where does your country stand in the medal tally? Share with us.