15 best racing games for Android

by: Joe HindyMarch 9, 2016

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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  • Darthsanzo

    Beach Buggy is a really nice game couldve made it in your list =)

    • Daniel DS

      But it’s not one of the best, and I’m saying this as someone who has everything tuned to the max with 9mil coins in that game :D

      BBB isn’t even a “racing” game, you don’t race anyone, just like in Highway Rider, and I personally think none of those game should be in this list…

      Highway Rider was way better back in the days where you had to chose between the rider’s and the bike’s colors, and not choosing if to drive as a fucking astronaut or zombie =.=’

  • Matuka

    Can anyone recommend me a racing game? Heheheh.

    I want a game that you race but also where the cars are like real life cars? I think like Granturismo. Toyota BMW Mercedez Benz Audi and Volkswagen and all, they are the real life cars in the game and you race?

    • SheldonCooper666

      You need to check on Real Racing 3 from EA

    • GT Racing 2 or Real Racing 3 – both are awesome.

    • adg

      try GT Racing 2 or Real Racing 3 or asphalt 8

  • Minhaj Akbar

    Need for speed most wanted is no match out there. My opinion

  • najiy91

    real racing 3 has no NOS. can someone suggest me a free racing game with NOS?

  • Jon Langevin

    That header image is what brought me here. Reminds me of MotoGP, was an awesome racing game. Apparently MotoGP 2013 is out soon, would love to see something like that go mobile…

  • Kile

    Using an image of Bayliss on the super bike is very misleading. Still no good motorbike apps, sigh.

  • Oops… Where’s NFSMW and Real Racing?

    • Angelo Allegra

      And GT Academy too.

  • Harjifangki

    The first picture’s a bit misleading.
    I thought there’s an Android racing game with that kind of graphic quality.

  • Maff Mace

    Can anyone recommend a good racing game that uses tilt to steer, but also
    1) doesn’t take you off track/turn you round the wrong way
    2) doesn’t have checkpoints

    my kids (6 and 3) love racing games, but they aren’t the best and they just want to race without coming off

    anyone know any?

  • philippe v d g

    Where the fuck is nfs most wanted ???

  • davidm

    What’s with NFS Most Wanted?

  • George Sunny Thuruthummalil

    biased list

  • Asphalt 7 is my most favorite games. Here, You can find more exciting games. http://www.slideshare.net/jameskillen/top-11-deadliest-android-racing-games

  • Don Gerrard

    Need a good formula one sim

  • pritish

    Don’t know if I’m the only one who feels like this, but I personally think that asphalt 8 is a really fake game out there. I mean how often have you seen a car rolling in mid air?

    • The “fakeness” is what makes it awesome – you can’t do it in real life, but you can do it on your phone/tablet/laptop.

  • riddick ch

    I only kept Asphalt 7, Riptide GP2, and Real Racing 3 installed on my current phone. and Mini Motor Racing. Raging Thunder 2 & GT Racing were installed on my older phone, but been long forgotten.

    Skipped Asphalt 8.
    Skipped NFS Most Wanted because it has no Speedbreaker.
    Beach Buggy Blitz force close :(
    Smash Cops Heat control is awful.
    Carmageddon get bored fast.


  • DylanMk2

    Real drift free (no premium yet) and pocket rally lite. Pretty sure both use the unity engine. For all the cf3d users who haven’t heard gltools is a new tool for graphic settings.

  • Roman Vasilev

    Asphalt 8 is crap for me, asp7 was much better, of course textures not so beautiful but some moments in 8 are disgusting – shaking camera and physics of a car(in 7 was it looks much better)

  • MaqueGenio

    Oh LORD…enough with Assfault this, Assfault that…you kids are playing baby games.

    My sugestion Colin McRae Rally https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.codemasters.cmrally

    Average graphics (dreamcast like)but who cares…Amazing realistic physics. Try it out

  • Roseman Eisen

    Rr3 is okay just know you’re going to be putting money into it to get anywhere or grind to ever living hell. Or hack it.

  • Pablo Sarmiento

    Ridge Racer Slipstream, Mini Motor Racing, Reckless Racing 2 and oh yeah Kart Fighter 3. All awesomely fun

  • Dan

    WTF, no Angry Birds Go?!

  • suit up !

    The best Graphics and Gameplay I have witnessed in any racing game is:
    a) Need For Speed Most Wanted
    b) Real Racing 3

    Real Racing 3 has the most realistic graphics and feel. NFS is simply mindblowing.
    I am not a big fan of Asphalt 8, as the entire gameplay looks slow, when compared to NFS. But it is my roommates favourite. Hence we end up playing Multi-Player via WiFi, most often

    I use a Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which has a Snapdragon 800 and Adreno 330 Graphics-it makes gaming a delight.

    Another type of game, which needs a mention here is the Riptide GP2. it is pure fun. The water splashes on screen is cool. The gameplay is good

    So, there you go. Go ahead and install these on your devices

  • Blowntoaster

    Fast and Furious sucks a bit. you don’t have real control over the cars. you would want to steer the cars yourself when drifting, and racing…

    Real Racing and GT 2 are epic. gonna try some of these others out. time to fill up the storage on the ol Note 3.

  • Austin

    Real Racing 3 is the best racing game for serious gamers. NFS most wanted is for badass street racing and asphalt 8 is to unrealistic

  • loloyd

    On RR3, you said “If you’re a racing enthusiast, do yourself a favor and at least check this one out to see if you like it.” I don’t understand how you can say that on an Android racing game that has possibly the most number of loyal followers and gamers that this world has ever seen. None of Gameloft’s racing games can even come close to the number of loyal and crazed fanatics that RR3 has; and even EA’s own NFS series can’t touch RR3’s quality game play experience and number of followers. But of course, I am also counting iOS players here as well and not just Android players.

  • Anders CT

    Colin McRae rally is better than the rest.

  • Laura Kelly

    These all racing games are amazing. I like all these games & also i like racing.

    I would love it. You will check it out this game! You love this game. Also FREE to Download from Google Play.


  • Laura Kelly

    These all racing games are amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    I would love it. You will check it out this game! You love this game. Also FREE to Download from Google Play.


  • Laura Kelly

    Thank you, that’s a superb list. This all games are one of my favorite games that I like most.

    I would love it. You will check it out this game! You love this game. Also FREE to Download from Google Play.

  • Laura Kelly

    Thank you, that’s a superb list. This all games are one of my favorite games that I like most.
    Keep sharing such useful information..!!!
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  • Laura Kelly

    I love racing games. Thanks for sharing this type of racing games list.

    Keep sharing such useful information..!!!
    I would love it. You will check it out this game! You love this game. Also FREE to Download from Google Play.


  • Anneli Kaarl

    They are good but I think CarGame3DRacer is the best. And also NFS and GT Academy

    Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.javatar.CarGame3DRacer
    Try it, u will like this game

  • Anneli Kaarl
  • Laura Kelly

    Mostly I love racing games. Thanks for sharing. I was playing all these games. Among them GT Racing 2 & NFSMW is one of my favorite game. Once again thanks dear.
    For kids, I have developed one game & also FREE to Download from Google Play. I’m sure that kids really love this game.

  • Laura Kelly

    Thank you, that’s a superb list. This all games are one of my favorite games that I like most.
    Keep sharing such useful information..!!!
    I would love it. You will check it out this game! You love this game. Also FREE to Download from Google Play.


  • Laura Kelly

    I think it’s a great list of games. Thanks for sharing amazing games list. I really like it.
    For kids, I have launched game & also FREE at Play Store..!
    I’m sure that kids really love this game.

  • laurakelly

    It’s a best racing games. Thanks for sharing these amazing games lists.
    Thanks for sharing this information. I really like it.
    I have launched game for kids & also FREE at Play store. I’m sure that kids really love this game. .So download it & also give rating.


  • AndyM
  • race sim fan

    Real Racing is fucking awful and anything but real. How the hell did that piece of ass make the list?

  • Intergalactic_wolf

    I love how there are two water racers, and even one bike racer. But no decent futuristic racer to be found anywhere, why is that?

  • brusslesprouts

    i like drag racing but it does not save your progress through google so every time i flash a rom i have to start all over.

    • Jaswanth G

      Dude, use titanium backup and backup ur data. Restore the data after uve flashed a new rom

      • Marto

        Real Racing 3 is by far the best of them. Ive been playing it for over 2.5 years.

  • saksham

    real racing is very good but not immersive its a pretty boring game id prefer nfs mw

  • McFlyH

    Where is NFS No limits?

    • The Cake is a Lie

      Because that game is slowly evolving into a Pay2Win game. Plus you have to be online in order to use it.

  • Basit Nadeem

    Traffic Rider can’t be installed on Lollipop.

  • Chris Bell

    Not a single abstract or alternative racing game. How about something like RacerDome with one-to-one steering?

  • RavenAii

    No Racing Rivals? Umm, okay…