Racing games are among the most popular in all of mobile gaming. It was the first genre to overcome the lack of physical buttons on smartphones well enough that it made the games worth playing. Most popular racing games have millions of fans. Here are the best racing games for Android.
CSR Racing 2
The CSR Racing series is one of the most popular racing games out there. CSR Racing 2 is a drag racing game. You can buy cars, add upgrades and then race them against rivals. It features a campaign mode with plenty of races. You can race against people online if you want. There are plenty of cars to collect and the graphics are actually pretty good. It’s a good time killer in the racing genre. CSR Racing 2 is a freemium game.
Asphalt Xtreme is an offroad racer from Gameloft. You’ll be racing on a variety of offroad tracks with a variety of vehicles. Currently, there are 35 vehicles that you can drive that cover seven different categories. Gameloft will likely add more to the game later. The game also features online multiplayer racing, over 400 career events, 500 mastery challenges and limited time events to keep things interesting. It’s a freemium game. Asphalt 8: Airborne is another of the great racing games from this series as well.
GT Racing 2
GT Racing 2 is another Gameloft title. It hasn’t received as much attention as the Asphalt series. It features 71 cars from over 30 manufacturers. You’ll be able to race on 13 tracks, engage with over 1,400 events and there are weekly challenges to play with. You can also race online against other players. It’s not as aggressive as many freemium games. The updates come slower on this one but it’s still one of the better racing games.
Hill Climb Racing 2
Hill Climb Racing 2 is one of the newer racing games on Android. It features a simple premise, colorful graphics, and simple controls. You’ll be racing up and down hills against opponents. It sounds easier than it actually is. Players can also customize their vehicles, tune them to behave a certain way, and more. The game includes a campaign, an online multiplayer mode, achievements, daily tasks, and challenges. It also works pretty well on older devices. It’s a freemium game. That’s not a big deal, but we just wanted to let you know.
Horizon Chase was one of the best racing games of 2015. It features retro-inspired graphics, There is also a lot to do. It features dozens of tracks, a variety of cars to unlock, and more. What makes this game unique is that it has complete Android TV support, NVIDIA Shield TV support, and you can use most game controllers with it. There is also an online multiplayer mode and leaderboards to round out the experience. The free version is a demo that lets you try out a few of the tracks for free. The paid version is a scant $2.99.
Real Racing 3
Real Racing 3 is among the more realistic racing games on our list which gives some credence to the name of the game. It’s also a favorite among our readership. The game is full of content, including over 100 cars from various manufacturers, various game modes including real time multiplayer, and even the game’s race tracks are digital versions of real race tracks. There are over 2000 total events with varying rules and types of races. There is a virtual ton of content here and it’s worth trying it out.
Traffic Rider probably isn’t actually a racing game. It’s an infinite runner with missions that give it enough of a racing game feel that we felt the game could be on the list. It features a first person view as your ride motorcycles up the freeway collecting points, completing missions, and earning in-game cash. The graphics are pretty good and the controls work well. The first person perspective adds some genuine thrill as you dodge traffic. The thrill won’t last forever, but it’s a free game so it’s worth a shot.
Riptide GP Renegade
The Riptide GP series is one of the most woefully under-the-radar racing games series out there. It’s a waverunner game where you don a jet ski and race against opponents. Renegade has a campaign mode, online multiplayer mode, and various other little things to make it fun. It even includes local multiplayer mode with up to four players on a single machine (if you have enough controllers). The other two games in the series, Riptide GP and Riptide GP 2 are also really good. Renegade is the best among them, though, and runs for $2.99 with no in-app purchases.
Real Drift Car Racing
Real Drift Car Racing is a game that focuses mostly on drifting. You’ll be racing around corners trying to get an edge against your opponents. It comes with different difficulties based on your skill level. There are also the usual features, including cars to unlock, a campaign mode, various tracks, and tuning options. Unlike most, this one has a free and paid version. The paid version still has in-app purchases, but it’ll get rid of advertising and unlock some additional content. It’s not bad overall.
Drag Racing is another drag racing game much like CSR and, admittedly, it doesn’t look nearly as good as its competitor. However, what it lacks in graphics, it more than makes up for in mechanics. You’ll be able to tune your car pretty much how you want. It’s easy to spend a long time tuning your car so that it runs perfectly. There is a competitive multiplayer mode along with a ton of cars to unlock. It’s an old game, but it’s been update frequently and it’s still one of the best racing games out there.