The best racing games for Android

March 19, 2014
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best android racing games
Android racing games are among the most popular in all of Android. So popular, in fact, that they have their own genre section in the Google Play Store. That means there are a metric ton of racing games. Some of them are pretty good and others are not all that great. So which ones are the best? Keep reading to find out!


Asphalt 8: Airborne best Android racing gamesAsphalt 8: Airborne

[Price: Free]
First up is the venerable Asphalt series. Currently the latest release is Asphalt 8: Airborne which is a Freemium title. When most people think of a benchmark for how good a racing game should be, many think of the Asphalt series. It’s competitive in nearly all categories, including game play, graphics, and multiplayer support. The game itself is pretty fun
with a lot of cars to unlock, lots of tracks to race on, and plenty of in-game stuff like ramps and drifting to keep you having fun. It’s a must have for racing fans.
Get it on Google Play
Asphalt 8: Airborne best Android racing games


best android racing games beach buggy blitzBeach Buggy Blitz

[Price: Free]
Beach Buggy Blitz is a great option for people who may want something a little less serious in the racing genre. With its colorful, cartoony graphics and Mario Kart feel, it’s a great option for people who just want a racing game to goof around with. It’s developed by Vector Unit, the same people who did Riptide GP2 (which is also on this list), so you know already that the game is well done. It’s free to play and also utilizes Google Play Games services for cloud-saving, achievements, and leaderboards.
Get it on Google Play
best android racing games beach buggy blitz


carmageddon best android racing gamesCarmageddon

[Price: $0.99]
Carmageddon is the definitely of the phrase “and old one but a good one.” The game has been around for quite some time but time has done little to diminish the quality of this title. It’s still among the best and highest rated racing games out there. Included is 36 levels, 28 opponents, 11 tracks, an option between analog and tilt controls, and a twisted sense of humor. It’s a little too old for things like Google Play Games services and online multiplayer which is a shame, but don’t let that stop you from giving it a closer look. This is a classic.
Get it on Google Play
carmageddon best android racing games


CSR Racing best android racing gamesCSR Racing

[Price: Free]
CSR Racing was one of my first video-app reviews and it remains a favorite to this day. The reason is because it’s a legitimately fun and well done game. It’s undergone some changes since our initial review, such as the addition of Facebook-based online multiplayer and the addition of new cars. This game is is a drag racing style game so there are no tracks to get through. Each race takes anywhere from 8 to 45 seconds depending on your car and the length of the race. That makes this a great title for people who only pick up games occasionally and don’t play for very long. It’s free so if you’re in the mood for a good drag racing game, this is a great option.
Get it on Google Play
CSR Racing best android racing games


death rally free best android racing gamesDeath Rally FREE

[Price: Free]
Death Rally can be summarized in three glorious words my friends: racing, weapons, and explosions. That’s essentially what you get from Death Rally. It’s a top-down style racing game where you race through levels, shoot your opponents until they explode, and grind it out until you win the race. With a penchant for violence that you won’t see in many of these other titles, it’s the perfect game for people who enjoy both explosions and the competitive spirit of racing. If Michael Bay played racing games, we imagine he’d play this one.
Get it on Google Play
death rally free best android racing games


drag racing best android racing gamesDrag Racing

[Price: Free]
Drag Racing is not altogether different from CSR Racing. It’s a drag racing style game where proper shifting and attention to things like RPMs matter. The graphics aren’t as good as CSR, Asphalt, and others on the list, but what it lacks in graphical content it makes up for in car tuning. Not only can you unlock a variety of cars and purchase upgrades for them, but you can also tune your car to your specific taste. Things like gear changing, torque, and others help you build the car that acts how you want it to act. If that sounds like something you enjoy, the download button is right there.
Get it on Google Play
drag racing best android racing games


fast & furious 6 best android racing gamesFast & Furious 6: The Game

[Price: Free]
It’s a well known fact that video games based on movies usually aren’t very good, although that trend has been changing in recent years. Fast & Furious 6: The Game does a little bit to help change that stereotype. It’s not the best game on this list, but it is a really decent racing game with a lot of features that are genuinely enjoyable. It features a couple of game modes, including Heist Mode which lets you commit crimes for money. It also features a number of expected features like unlockable cars, customization options, and cameos from the crew in the movie. Again, it’s not the best on this list, but it’s still good enough to be here and it’s free to boot!
Get it on Google Play
fast & furious 6 best android racing games



gt racing 2 best android racing gamesGT Racing 2: The Real Car Exp

[Price: Free]
GT Racing 2 comes out of the venerable Gameloft library which are the same folks who do the Asphalt series. However, instead of focusing on breakneck speed, GT Racing 2 focused more on authenticity. There are a variety of tracks that have a variety of weather conditions, a physics engine that mimics real-life driving, and even comes with multiplayer mode. It’s one of the few games on this list that offers a first-person view from inside the car. It’s free to play so there’s no harm in trying it out and while the game itself is a little old, it’s one of the most popular on the list. It’s definitely worth a moment of your time.
Get it on Google Play
gt racing 2 best android racing games


motocross meltdown best android gamesMotocross Meltdown

[Price: Free]
If Motocross Meltdown taught us anything, it’s that not all the best Android racing games contain cars. In this game, you race bikes. Along with a decent motocross experience, you can also create your own rider, customize your bike, and play in a number of fun levels that allow you to jump, race, and even do tricks. It features pretty decent graphics as well. It’s garnered over a million downloads so far, has a fairly decent rating in the Google Play Store, and it’s done by the popular Glu Mobile. If you’re into motocross, this is about as good as it gets on Android.
Get it on Google Play
motocross meltdown best android racing games


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

[Price: $4.99]
Need for Speed Most Wanted is one of those games that had the potential to be the best ever on Android. It has fun game play, great graphics, and it’s a favorite among our readership. It’s also the most expensive at $4.99 and, unfortunately, does contain some issues depending on what device you have. Nevertheless, it’s a great game that helped push the genre forward in a big way and if it works well on your device, it’s well worth the price tag. Just make sure you read through some of the comments to make sure your device is one of the ones that doesn’t have any problems.
Get it on Google Play
need for speed most wanted best android racing games


raging thunder 2 best android racing gamesRaging Thunder 2

[Price: Free]
Raging Thunder 2 is another oldie but goody. It has pretty decent graphics, although it isn’t as good as you’d see in Real Racing 3, NFS: Most Wanted, or Asphalt 8. Despite that, there are some pretty good features that make this worth picking up. It has cross platform multiplayer so there is that. The game play is also fast paced and fun. It’s been around for a while and has garnered over ten million downloads to date which is really very impressive. If you haven’t yet, it’s worth checking out.
Get it on Google Play
raging thunder 2 best android racing games


real racing 3 best android racing gamesReal Racing 3

[Price: Free]
The last time we did a list like this, we didn’t include Real Racing 3 but this time around, we feel it belongs on the list. It’s developed by well-known game studio EA and features really good graphics and fun, realistic game play. It features multiplayer mode, real cars, and real tracks and all of them look really good. It’s also another one of the precious few on this list that allows for first-person, in-car views while driving. It even boasts more than 1000 events and it all comes at the low, low price of free. If you’re a racing enthusiast, do yourself a favor and at least check this one out to see if you like it.
Get it on Google Play
real racing 3 best android racing games


riptide gp2 best android racing gamesRiptide GP2

[Price: $2.99]
Riptide GP2 is a long time favorite here at Android Authority. We’ve reviewed it and it’s made practically every general best game list that we’ve ever done. In Riptide GP2, you race jet skis in a variety of game types and there are even trick competitions. The graphics are great, the game is fun, and it even includes Google Play Services like cloud saves, real-time multiplayer, and achievements. It’s pretty much everything one could ask for in a racing game and until Riptide GP3 comes out, it’ll remain our favorite racing game that takes place on the water.
Get it on Google Play
riptide gp2 best android racing games


smash cops heat best android racing gamesSmash Cops Heat

[Price: Free]
Smash Cops Heat is a different kind of racing game. Instead of racing a clock or opponents around a circuit, you instead race to take away the freedom of bad guys. In this game, you’re in the driver seat of a police car as you chase down and capture bad guys who are on the run. It’s not a racing game on the face of it, but it involves high speeds, fast cars, and pretty much all of the other elements you’d find in a racing game. What makes this game worth trying are the small things. It has a HUD that is similar to the breaking news screen you see when a high speed chase is happening on TV and the game plays out like a news story, which was actually pretty unique. It can’t hurt to check it out as it is free.
Get it on Google Play
smash cops heat best android racing games


Wrap up

Racing games on Android are being released and evolving all the time. Case and point, this is the third time we’ve updated this list in the last 8 months. With there being an entire section in the Play Store dedicated to racing games, there is every chance that we may have missed one or two good ones. If we did and you want to tell us about them, let us know in the comment section below!

Comments

  • 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

    • http://nsood.in/ Naman Sood

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

  • 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.

  • http://www.mayura4ever.com/ Mayura De Silva

    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?
    thanks

  • philippe v d g

    Where the fuck is nfs most wanted ???

  • davidm

    What’s with NFS Most Wanted?

  • George Sunny Thuruthummalil

    biased list

  • http://www.hiddenbrains.co.uk/ James Killen

    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?

    • http://nsood.in/ Naman Sood

      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.

    -Rid

  • 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

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  • Laura Kelly

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  • Anneli Kaarl

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

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    Try it, u will like this game

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