Volleyball is a well-known team sport, typically played by up to 6 athletes on each side of the net. Besides indoor hall courts, such as during Olympic Games, athletes can also compete on the beach, in a swimming pool, and even on snow. Moreover, some versions include playing with feet (akin to soccer), using medicine balls, juggling, and even sitting, inevitably sprucing the sport up. Of course, we can’t promise you’ll see all those variations below. However, we’ll try to introduce diversification among the titles you will. With that acknowledged, let’s delve into the best volleyball games for PC.
1. Spike Volleyball
Spike Volleyball is at the forefront of our top volleyball games for PC list. It was built in Unreal Engine 4, so you know you can expect beautiful graphics, which become even more impressive when you realize the game was released in early 2019. You can also expect realistic motion and animations which will shine a light on the teamwork, speed, and reflexes crucial to this sport. Moreover, the game has an extensive Career Mode that includes 50 men’s and women’s national teams. After choosing a favorite, you’ll go through international tournaments, to, hopefully, climb the podium as the number one team on the roster.
2. Volleyball Unbound – Pro Beach Volleyball
Volleyball Unbound – Pro Beach Volleyball is a volleyball PC game that can easily take the top spot. Notably, graphics aren’t on the same level as Spike Volleyball. However, the ball and player physics, animations, AI behavior, and Career Mode that includes males and females in single-player certainly are. On top of that, you can play local multiplayer with up to 16 players in split-screen via Hot Seat Mode, or up to 4 players on-screen simultaneously. You’ll also enjoy the wide array of tournaments and locations, audience and player emotional response system, and a Character Editor feature.
Slappyball’s game developer and publisher claim it’ll always remain free to play with the optional Premium version. With that merit acknowledged, Slappyballs is primarily an online-only game that offers servers in many regions and focuses on 3v3 matches. This fact, combined with their built-in lag compensation tool, means your latency won’t prevent the player and ball movement accuracy. There’s also a career management mode, you can practice against bots or in “freeplay arena” mode, and track your achievements on their individual or team leaderboards.
4. The Spike
The Spike is a 2D volleyball game for PC whose graphics are nothing to write home about. However, there’s a strong reason it has received critical acclaim. At the core are 3 main game modes: fast 3 vs. 3 matches, a Story Mode that follows student-athletes competing for the top spot, and local multiplayer that lets you play with and against friends. Two other pivotal reasons like the low specification requirements and the killer soundtrack that pumps you up for the match in no time. Finally, there are Steam Achievements to earn, and who dislikes those?
5. Super Volley Blast
Super Volley Blast is a 3D game but only uses one perspective, which can sometimes make it feel 2D. With that said, the title has a comprehensive Story Mode, which lets one or two players compete against 7 teams in a row to reach the top rank. Additionally, you can use Avatar Editor to customize players and let your imagination run wild. Moreover, you can play Super Blast Mode. It lets up to 4 players simultaneously or 16 gamers in tournament mode compete in games whose crazy rules the publisher designed, or you and your friends come up with.
6. Volleyball Fever
Volleyball Fever has a simplistic, yet impressive and relaxing graphical environment set on a tropical island. But don’t fret, the core elements are present in this Early Access game, exclusive to Virtual Reality headset. Therefore, things can only get better. Case in point, the game developer has used an inverse kinematics physical body to closely estimate how the real body would act. This is pivotal because, the sport, besides palms, also uses upper and lower arms. You can also play online if you wish, and there’s a fun little game variation called Bomb Mode.
We truly wish uVolley got more recognition because it’s one of the vastly underrated volleyball games for PC. It can be played with a mouse and keyboard, joypad, or using a VR headset. That way, you get the best of all worlds. Speaking of gameplay, you can play solo, with a friend in split-screen, or with multiple players in LAN. Additionally, there are plenty of international teams to choose from, which can be used to play individual matches, leagues, or tournaments. We particularly like how much attention was given to minute details. This comes as no surprise – a real-life volleyball player developed the game.
8. Chibi Volleyball
Are you a fan of anime or cartoons, or have kids, relatives, or friends that are? If you fall into any of those categories, you’ll or someone else will undoubtedly adore Chibi Volleyball. Unsurprisingly, the game is 2D and the players use chibi anime drawing style for graphics and characters. Although simple by default, there are a plethora of things you can change to improve the gameplay. For example, you can customize the maps, tweak levels, change ball weight, the height of the pole, and add or remove the ceiling. Moreover, you can play with saturation or alter rules by displaying maximum ball hits, end score, and game time.
At first, glance, Volleying looks like a table tennis game. But doesn’t that sport remind you of downscaled volleyball, only with more players, rackets, and a net touching the ground? Even if you don’t see the resemblance, this volleyball game has custom rules akin to “hot potatoes”. Once the ball lands in your court, you have to return it over the net within 10 seconds. Furthermore, you can use special skills such as smart dashing, but only once per 5 seconds. There’s also an arcade mode where you collect items and change ball size, all of which can be played solo (against AI) or 4 players in co-op mode.
10. Lactea Volleyball
If beautiful graphics were the only factor, Lactea Volleyball would’ve taken one of the leading positions. Sadly, while there are 12 courts with distinct environments, the game lacks a big audience presence, which makes the court look empty. To top it off, the lack of their cheering and screaming, accompanied by little to no soundtrack, truly spoils the mood. But if you blast your music, you’ll thoroughly enjoy playing solo, in five championships over five years in Seasons Mode, or with a friend in co-op Friendly Mode. There are 12 teams to pick, and you can select 3 levels of difficulty.
11. Perfect Universe – Play with Gravity
Perfect Universe – Play with Gravity is one of the most unique volleyball games for PC. It has a comprehensive storyline that follows 3 unique characters set in a bleak, grayscale, absurd world, all accompanied by a somber soundtrack. The game features 6 sporting events and 9 distinct game modes, which you can play alone or with up to 4 people. Be warned that not all game modes include sports akin to this sport. So, if you want to skip to the good stuff directly, we suggest Moon Volley, followed by Gravity Dodge and perhaps Rocket Ball.
12. 80s Volleyball
Does 80s Volleyball need an introduction? The game was created to imitate the style of the games released in the 1980s, although with modern gameplay improvements in terms of sharp graphics in 3D. The rest remains in 2D, including scoreboards and loading screens. There are 2 key game modes, one where you compete in 8 different tournaments, and the other, Season Mode, where you start in 1977 and partake in several major tournaments until you reach the year 1988. In both cases, 32 national teams from the 1980s are at your service.
13. VTree Beach Volleyball
VTree Beach Volleyball is another game that never got the recognition it deserves. It features 13 different courts worldwide and lets you play as one of the 37 international teams, male and female. Additionally, you can customize the players’ appearances: facial expressions, hairstyles, and hair color, and, unsurprisingly, considering the setting is a beach, accessories such as a hat or sunglasses. As usual, you can play solo, in matches or tournaments, at 4 difficulty levels. But, perhaps, more importantly, you can try multi-player against players on PC, Android, and iOS.
VolleyBrawl is one of the futuristic volleyball games for PC, as it provides the vision of how things might turn out. Instead of players, you’ll encounter robots, each of which has one of the 6 available classes with unique special abilities. That doesn’t put an end to customer rules, though. You can knock out opponents on the fields, for one. Also, you can compete in achievements such as most knockouts, most points scored, most assists, spikes, smash shots, etc. Finally, you can try the game offline, with AI or up to 6 players, or in online multiplayer.
15. Kraken Smash: Volleyball
If we didn’t mention Perfect Universe – Play with Gravity above, Kraken Smash: Volleyball would’ve been the weirdest and most unique game on the list. As the name suggests, instead of players, you’ll play volleyball from a 2D, side-view perspective with squids, smaller cousins of the mythical creature, Kraken. This is a simple, low-resource, hidden gem you should try, whether alone, against AI, or with up to 3 other friends in co-op couch local multiplayer. Although our explanation sounds kind of plain, the game is loads of fun.
Volleyballed pushes the envelope of the sport by facilitating 6v6 matches using standard rules. Right off the bat, we’ll mention the key drawback – the game is limited to 2D and rather simple. However, this also makes it beginner-friendly, because, besides against AI, you can only play against friends that use Steam Remote Play. If that didn’t pique your interest, we bet that the fact that exceptional serves and spikes actually set the ball on fire. You’ll also laugh often – players get random hairstyles and your team gets assigned one of 10,000 random names, which are usually hilarious.
Spykebots combines soccer with volleyball into a full-contact brutal mix of sweat and blood. What’s more, as the name suggests, it uses 4 types of robots that can take the brunt of the damage and leave largely unscathed. Or, well, not initially, at least. Whether you play free for all practice matches or join one of 5 unique arenas, solo (versus AI), or with up to 4 friends locally, things will quickly and inevitably spiral into a smash fest. Finally, despite being released in early 2019, its graphics still hold up beautifully.
18. Actual Volleyball
Actual Volleyball excels at being one of the best volleyball simulation games for PC. Sadly, it’s to the point of being bland and basic, although many would call it “simple yet effective”. Others reviewed it as “This could be fun if everything about it was different,” which we found witty. It’s a 2D-only game anyone can get into and can be played offline. But not against AI, you’ll battle yourself, switching back and forth between teams. Additionally, you can play 1v1 or 2v2 in local multiplayer, with or against friends. We strongly suggest playing it via joypad rather than mouse and keyboard.
19. King of Volleyball
King of Volleyball is one of the rare visual novel volleyball PC games. It follows two girls, Suzy Karlson and Eunice Park, whose skills in playing volleyball diminished considerably. Therefore, they must travel with their manager, Natalia, to the Tropical Paradise island in the Caribbean for some rest. They must also practice tirelessly if they plan on making a comeback by winning the ABVA (American Beach Volleyball Association) Gold Cup in Hawaii. This title features some nudity, as you can expect from a beach volleyball game. It also has multiple endings and a soothing soundtrack.
20. Beach Volleyball Competition
We aren’t sure how to describe Beach Volleyball Competition. Its graphics and gameplay, although sharp and fluid in terms of physics, speed, and animations, are reminiscent of the titles released 4 decades ago. 3D model does improve the situation, but not drastically. To be fair, the player customization and the control of visual/sound effects and music immerse you effortlessly. We suppose that bot AI, combined with a Story Mode that promotes increasing team skills, is the real highlight.