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The 25 best racing games on Android

25 essential games to rev up your Android collection
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Updated September 12, 2018: New entries added

The days when slick racing games were the preserve of home consoles and arcade machines have long past.

You can now get anything that scratches your racing itch on your Android device, whether you're into advanced simulators, slick arcade racers, or kart racers.

What's more, Google's platform is also home to a range of new racing sub-genres and hybrids that defy categorisation.

We've picked out the best racers on Android for you. Disagree? Let us know your favourites in the comments below.


#1 Gear.Club

Product: Gear.ClubFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Eden GamesGenres: Racing

As close to a true console racer as mobile gaming gets, Gear.Club is a technically stunning, content-packed racing game from a company with genuine console pedigree. Great car physics, top graphics, and a large roster of authentic hardware pushes Gear.Club up to P1.

#2 Asphalt 9

Product: Asphalt 9Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: GameloftGenres: Arcade, Multiplayer, Racing

Asphalt 9
Physics and gravity are purely optional when it comes to Asphalt 9, a riotously OTT arcade racer that can't help but make you smile. It's easy peasy to get into, and boy does it look pretty.

#3 Reckless Racing 3

Product: Reckless Racing 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Pixelbite GamesGenres: Arcade, Racing

Reckless Racing 3
Racing doesn't have to be constrained to the tarmac. Indeed, Reckless Racing 3 revels in the slidey delights that come from removing friction from the equation.

#4 Horizon Chase

Product: Horizon ChaseFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Aquiris Game Studio

Horizon Chase
Horizon Chase enthusiastically subscribes to Sega's OutRun vision of arcade racing. If you've never encountered that before, think bright blue skies, long sweeping bends, and plenty of improbable drifting.

#5 Motorsport Manager 3

Product: Motorsport Manager 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Genres: Sports, Strategy

Motorsport Manager 3
You don't actually race any cars in Motorsport Manager 3, but it's still a brilliant game for racing fans. You play the part of a racing team manager, hiring and firing racers, choosing tires, and investing in sponsors.

#6 Data Wing

Product: Data WingFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Arcade, Racing

Data Wing
It might not look like any racing game you've ever played, but Data Wing is a thrilling example of the genre. Imagine a top-down racer with Lunar Lander spaceships in place of cars, and you'll begin to grasp the basics of this ingenious game.

#7 Blocky Roads

Product: Blocky RoadsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: DogByte GamesGenres: Racing

Blocky Roads
It looks like Minecraft, but Blocky Roads builds its own physics racer universe with considerable style. Drive to the end of each track, keeping your car as upright and fuelled up as possible.

#8 CSR Racing 2

Product: CSR Racing 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: NaturalMotion Games

CSR Racing 2
CSR famously removes steering from the equation and focuses on going really fast in a straight line through well-timed gear shifts. With less attention on the road, it can also focus on making its cars look amazing.

#9 Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Product: Need for Speed: Most WantedFormats: Android, iPhone, Mobile, iPad, PS VitaGenres: Racing

Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Made by the team behind the Real Racing series, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a lot more arcadey than its garagemate, but similarly good looking and generous with its content.

#10 Pako 2

Product: Pako 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Tree Men GamesGenres: Action

Pako 2
This fast-paced driving game sees you fleeing from the cops and causing carnage in a series of open maps. Your average run will be brutally short but oh-so-sweet, which is why Pako 2 is a great mobile game.

#11 F1 2016

Product: F1 2016Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Codemasters

F1 2016
Forget the out-of-date driver and car line-up - F1 2016 is a brilliant representation of elite level motor racing. If you take your racing seriously, even on mobile, then F1 2016 is the game for you.

#12 Real Racing 3

Product: Real Racing 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: FiremonkeysPublisher: EA MobileGenres: Racing

Real Racing 3
The racing game that divided Pocket Gamer staff down the middle. On the one hand, it looks gorgeous and is one of the most accomplished racers on mobile. On the other, it's stuffed full of IAPs and annoying wait timers.

#13 GT Racing 2

Product: GT Racing 2Formats: Android, iPhone, Mobile, iPadPublisher: GameloftGenres: Arcade, Racing, Sports

GT Racing 2
Gameloft takes on Real Racing at its own game with a brilliantly rendered, fully featured console-style racer. There's a slightly stingy freemium system, but otherwise this is a treat.

#14 Drag Racing

Product: Drag RacingFormats: Android, iPhone, Xperia PlayDeveloper: Creative MobileGenres: Racing

Drag Racing
We couldn't very well put CSR on this list without the game that started the whole drag racing thing, could we? Drag Racing is nowhere near as pretty as Natural Motion's steering wheelless wonder, but it's still a lot of fun.

#15 Retro Racing

Product: Retro RacingFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Jamie WoodhouseGenres: Racing, Retro

Retro Racing
If you pine for the racing games of old, here's a delightfully nostalgic effort from a developer who made two of finest Amiga racers ever. Retro Racing is striking in its challenge, portrait orientation, and level of racing nuance.

#16 Table Top Racing

Product: Table Top RacingFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS VitaDeveloper: Playrise DigitalPublisher: Playrise DigitalGenres: Racing

Table Top Racing
Remember the old Micro Machines games from the '90s? Table Top Racing is like those, with races set across various domestic scenes. The key difference is that the view has been zoomed right in like the polished modern racer it is.

#17 Jet Car Stunts 2

Product: Jet Car Stunts 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: True AxisGenres: Action, Racing

Jet Car Stunts 2
A barmy mix of daredevil stunt driving and retro platforming, Jet Car Stunts 2 leaves reality at the door and floors it into the precariously ramp-laden horizon.

#18 Does not Commute

Product: Does not CommuteFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: MediocreGenres: Puzzle, Racing

Does not Commute
As much of a puzzle game as a driving game, Does not Commute has you layering multiple daily commuter routes over one another and trying to avoid calamity. It's a right temporal spaghetti junction.

#19 Trials: Frontier

Product: Trials: FrontierFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: RedLynxPublisher: UbisoftGenres: Arcade, Racing, Sports

Trials: Frontier
No, it's not the full Trials experience, but Trials: Frontier is an effectively simplified mobile take on the great stunt racer.

#20 Riptide GP: Renegade

Product: Riptide GP: RenegadeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Vector Unit

Riptide GP: Renegade
You don't need wheels for a cracking racing game, as Riptide GP: Renegade shows. This stunt-filled jet ski racer looks even better than it plays.

#21 Built for Speed

Product: Built for SpeedFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Meizi Games OyGenres: Racing

Built for Speed
A neat retro racing game with one added bonus - the ability to build your own tracks, share them, and race them online.


Product: MAXIMUM CARFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: I Fight BearsGenres: Racing

We never got a proper version of Burnout on mobile, but Maximum Car scratches a number of familiar itches with its particularly aggressive form of arcade racing.

#23 Hovercraft: Takedown

Product: Hovercraft: TakedownFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: High Score HeroGenres: Arcade, Racing

Hovercraft: Takedown
Duck through traffic with your futuristic hovercar, blasting criminals off the road with your lasers. This game is pretty much a 12-year-old's dream.

#24 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Product: Sonic & Sega All-Stars RacingFormats: Android, DS, iPhone, Mobile, iPad, SteamGenres: Racing

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Sega seems to have removed Sonic Racing Transformed from the Google Play Store. But that game's predecessor, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, is still there, and it remains an enjoyable kart racer.


Product: THUMPERFormats: PS VitaGenres: Racing

Thumper is really more of a rhythm action game than anything else, but it has the raw heart rate-boosting speed and forward momentum of a futuristic racer. It's also damned hard.


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Jon Mundy 12 September 2018
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