best racing games for android
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 get downloaded tens of millions of times and have some seriously loyal fans. Which ones should you try? Here are the best racing games for Android.


angry birds go best racing games for androidAngry Birds GO

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
During Rovio’s attempts to spread out from its popular puzzler, they created Angry Birds GO. This is a kart racing game full of the kind of goofy and ridiculous things you can only find in cartoon kart-based racing games. It has decent graphics and simple enough controls with its only real caveat being that it uses an energy system that means you’ll have to stop racing after a while unless you spend real money. Silly energy system aside, it’s a fun little game that is family friendly and also has online multiplayer!

Get it now on Google Play!


asphalt 8 airborne best racing games for androidAsphalt 8: Airborne

[Price: Free]
Asphalt 8: Airborne has had some serious staying power over the years. It remains one of the best and most enjoyable racing experiences once you get passed Gameloft’s near constant attempts to get you to spend money on in-app purchases. It features nine season modes culminating in over 300 story line missions, various types of online multiplayer modes, tons of cars to unlock, and various challenges to complete. The graphics are pretty good and the controls are manageable. It’s about everything you could want in a racing game. You can also try the lighter version of the game, called Asphalt Nitro.

Get it now on Google Play!


best android racing games beach buggy blitzBeach Buggy Blitz

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Beach Buggy Blitz is another kart racer style game with over the top mechanics and a cartoon feel. The graphics are pretty decent and the controls seem to work well. It’s been around for a while but it still includes modern features like Google Play Games cloud saving and achievements as well as leaderboards. It also has a variety of modes, including an infinite drive course that is never the same two times in a row. It’s free and worth a shot.

Get it now on Google Play!


csr racing best racing games for androidCSR Racing

[Price: Free]
CSR Racing has been around for a long time, but a near constant stream of iterations and additional content have helped keep the game fresh and interesting. There is an expanded campaign mode where you must drag race your way to the top of the racing world. You can also drag race online against people in a variety of competitions, all of which give you rewards. There are a ton of cards to unlock and the graphics still look pretty good despite the game’s age. You can also check out CSR Classics, which is a version of CSR Racing with classic cars.

Get it now on Google Play!


drag racing best android racing gamesDrag Racing

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
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 have complete control over how your car is tuned, including finding the balance between power and grip, nitrous, and a variety of other car specs. 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.

Get it now on Google Play!


driver speedboat paradise best racing games for androidDriver Speedboat Paradise

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Driver Speedboat Paradise is, as you expected, a racing game that features speedboats. The premise is pretty simple, you battle the waves and other players as you try to place first in a variety of races. There are six different race modes, plenty of tracks and locations, very decent graphics, and simple controls. You can also customize your boat with decals, colors, and other visual tweaks. It’s a fun little game with a lot of content and a low price tag.

Get it now on Google Play!


GT racing 2 best racing games for androidGT Racing 2

[Price: Free]
GT Racing 2 is another Gameloft game. It hasn’t received as much love as Asphalt 8: Airborne when it comes to updates or marketing but it has still been updated recently and it looks pretty good. In this one, you’ll get to race with 71 licensed cars from over 30 manufacturers across 13 tracks in campaign mode. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but there are over 1400 events to race through with new challenges being created frequently. There is also an online multiplayer mode so you can invite your friends to play as well.

Get it now on Google Play!


horizon chase best racing games for androidHorizon Chase

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Horizon Chase is a relatively newer racing game that is really an ode to older racing games. It features old school style vector graphics with colorful landscapes and tons of sharp edges and flat surfaces. This is actually a pay-once game with a free demo and the free demo will let you try out five tracks before you pay for the full game. There are otherwise no in-app purchases, 16 unlockable cards, 73 tracks, and it’s compatible with most game controllers.

Get it now on Google Play!


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need for speed most wanted best android racing gamesNeed for Speed Most Wanted

[Price: $4.99 with in-app purchases]
Need for Speed Most Wanted is one of those games that had the potential to be the best ever on Android. It has easy controls, good graphics, and a ton of content. Unfortunately, the developers have long been plagued with bugs and issues. That said, it is a pretty decent game if it works on your device and comes with 40 cars to unlock, multiple control schemes, car modifications, and more. It’s $4.99 with in-app purchases and it’s almost 2GB in size.

Get it now on Google Play!


nitro nation racing best racing games for androidNitro Nation Racing

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Nitro Nation Racing is a newer drag racing game that’s been tearing up the racing games charts. Despite being free with in-app purchases, the developer boast no energy limits, no delivery time for car upgrades, and none of those other pay-only pitfalls which we really liked. There are a ton of cars to unlock, online multiplayer modes, tons of upgrades, visual customizations, and even car tuning. It’s like CSR Racing and Drag Racing had a baby. It does have a few bugs though, so beware of that.

Get it now on Google Play!


racing fever best racing games for androidRacing Fever

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Racing Fever is a racing game that’s about as middle of the road as you can get. The graphics are okay and it features various controls schemes based on how you drive. You’ll also get four environments to race through, four racing modes (including free ride which is just you driving around), leaderboards, various upgrades, and a slow motion mode that lets you take tricky corners more easily. It’s a solid overall experience and worth a shot if you’re looking for something that isn’t overly heavy.

Get it now on Google Play!


real racing best racing games for androidReal Racing 3

[Price: Free]
Real Racing 3 is among the more realistic 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. It’s a lot of game and worth a shot.

Get it now on Google Play!


riptide gp2 best racing games for androidRiptide GP2

[Price: $2.99 with in-app purchases]
Riptide GP2 is a long time favorite here at Android Authority. It’s a wave runner racing game with really good graphics, simple controls, and support for all the latest tech (including Android TV). The game features stunts that also gives you boost so you can fly passed opponents. There are a ton of campaign mode races, real time online multiplayer, Google Play Games achievements and cloud saving, and more. It’s one of the best racing games ever released on the Play Store.

Get it now on Google Play!


top speed best racing games for androidTop Speed: Drag and Fast Racing

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Top Speed: Drag and Fast Racing is, as you may have guessed, another drag racing game. This one is newer and somewhat less well-known than competitor titles like CSR Racing, but it’s still pretty good. There are 69 cars, dragsters, and police vehicles, and more. You’ll also get to race in five city districts with different themes along with an aircraft carrier which was kind of cool. The graphics are decent and there are a few arcade modes to keep yourself busy. It’s a solid effort for sure and one of the highest rated games on the list.

Get it now on Google Play!


traffic rider best racing games for androidTraffic Rider

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
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. It all adds up to a really good experience, especially if you like motorcycles.

Get it now on Google Play!


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