If a party game aims to welcome non-video-gamers, Sportsfriends fits that bill nicely. The exceptional thing about it, though, is how it ropes in people who don’t enjoy sports. Indeed, the imaginative games in the collection aren’t based on established physical sports (although one of them, Johann Sebastian Joust, demands actual physicality), but they are definitely sports games. Try to get somebody who’s not interested in real football to play Madden, and you’ll encounter strong resistance. But sit that same sports sourpuss in front of Hokra, the production-sparse hockey-esque chunk of Sportsfriends, and see him immediately hooked.
At $15, Sportsfriends is also a tremendous value, including four endlessly replayable mini-games. That might sound small for a mini-game collection, but each is so well-designed and satisfying that you’ll be happy to spend hours on any one of them. Also, one of them is called Super Pole Riders. So, if you have a PS4, good luck not getting into Sportsfriends.