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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
   
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.

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#1 Real Racing 2

Product: Real Racing 2Formats: Android, iPhoneDeveloper: FiremintGenres: Racing

Real Racing 2
It's pretty old now, but Real Racing 2 remains the Android racing king thanks to a great handling model, loads of cars, and endless content for your cash.

#2 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Product: Sonic & All-Stars Racing TransformedFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, 3DS, PS Vita, SteamDeveloper: Sumo DigitalPublisher: SegaGenres: Racing

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
We may never get Mario Kart on mobile (though that's no longer such a crazy dream), but with Sonic Racing Transformed we probably don't need it. Its slick brand of console kart racing really is that good.

#3 Reckless Racing 3

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

Reckless Racing 3
If your idea of racing involves more dirt than tarmac and only fleeting traction, Reckless Racing 3 will be about as good as it gets for you on mobile.

#4 Horizon Chase

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

Horizon Chase
Horizon Chase is the closest thing to OutRun on mobile, packed as it is with bright blue skies and long palm tree-lined roads.

#5 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.

#6 CSR Racing 2

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

CSR Racing 2
CSR doesn't bother with such tedious concepts as steering. It only wants to go forward - and very fast at that. With that taken care off, it can concentrate on looking absolutely beautiful.

#7 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.

#8 Motorsport Manager

Product: Motorsport ManagerFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Christian WestPublisher: Christian WestGenres: Racing, Simulation

Motorsport Manager
Okay, so you don't actually race any cars in this one. But your job as manager - hiring and firing racers, choosing tires, and investing in sponsors - is just as important.

#9 Ridge Racer Slipstream

Product: Ridge Racer SlipstreamFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: InvictusPublisher: Namco Bandai GamesGenres: Racing

Ridge Racer Slipstream
You might doubt whether a mobile game can truly nail that arcade cabinet experience. Ridge Racer Slipstream makes you look a fool, with a distinctive brand of rear-out racing and stunning visuals.

#10 Asphalt 8: Airborne

Product: Asphalt 8: AirborneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows PhoneDeveloper: Gameloft BarcelonaPublisher: GameloftGenres: Racing

Asphalt 8: Airborne
Physics and gravity are purely optional when it comes to Asphalt 8: Airborne, a riotously OTT arcade racer that can't help but make you smile.

#11 VS. Racing 2

Product: VS. Racing 2Formats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Maciek Drejak LabsPublisher: Maciek Drejak LabsGenres: Arcade, Multiplayer, Racing

VS. Racing 2
Few racers on this list manage to replicate the thrill of a truly competitive race between real human drivers, straining against physics and their own natural limits. VS. Racing 2 does.

#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 Slingshot Racing

Product: Slingshot RacingFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Snowbolt InteractivePublisher: Crescent Moon GamesGenres: Racing

Slingshot Racing
Perhaps the most novel racing game on this list, Slingshot Racing has you steering your futuristic bobsleigh by shooting out grappling hooks on the corners. A brilliantly rhythmic racer.

#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

Product: Jet Car StuntsFormats: Android, iPhone, PS Vita, Windows Phone, SteamGenres: Action, Racing

Jet Car Stunts
A barmy mix of daredevil stunt driving and retro platforming, Jet Car Stunts 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 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.

#20 MAXIMUM CAR

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

MAXIMUM CAR
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.

#21 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.

#22 Snuggle Truck

Product: Snuggle TruckFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Owlchemy LabsPublisher: Owlchemy LabsGenres: Casual, Racing

Snuggle Truck
Snuggle Truck lost its oh-so-relevant immigration theme early on (thanks, Apple), but it remains a tight physics racer concerned with keeping a jeep full of cuddly toys upright.

#23 Death Rally

Product: Death RallyFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Mountain SheepPublisher: Remedy EntertainmentGenres: Action, Racing

Death Rally
Remedy isn't exclusively concerned with making games about men with pained expressions shooting one another. The Max Payne developer also made this entertaining mobile combat racer.

#24 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Product: Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows PhonePublisher: Rockstar GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, Racing, Shooter

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Driving is at the very core of the sprawling GTA experience - hence the 'Auto'. San Andreas is probably the best of the bunch.

#25 Pako

Product: PakoFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows PhoneDeveloper: Tree Men GamesGenres: Arcade, Racing

Pako
Flee from the cops and cause carnage in this racy twist on the endless runner. Your average run will be brutally short but oh-so-sweet, which is why Pako is a great mobile game.

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Jon Mundy 2 November 2016
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