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The 25 best racing games on iPhone and iPad

25 essential games to start your iOS collection
Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
   
Updated June 20, 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 iOS device, whether you're into advanced simulators, slick arcade racers, or colourful karters.

What's more, Apple'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 iPhone and iPad for you. Disagree? Let us know your favourites in the comments below.
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#1 GRID Autosport

Product: GRID AutosportFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Feral InteractiveGenres: Racing

GRID Autosport
Comfortably the best pure racing game on iOS, GRID Autosport offers a startlingly faithful premium console racer experience with some truly stunning 3D graphics.

#2 Gear.Club

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

Gear.Club
Coming from a developer with genuine console racer pedigree, it's no surprise that Gear.Club is one of the most exciting new iOS racer for years. It's got great car physics, top graphics, and a large roster of real life rides.

#3 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.

#4 Reckless Racing 3

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

Reckless Racing 3
Reckless Racing 3 is all about churning through dirt, elbowing your opponents out of the way with your steering wheel on opposite lock. It's gleeful, messy fun.

#5 AG Drive

Product: AG DriveFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Zorg EntertainmentGenres: Racing

AG Drive
Definitely the closest thing you're going to get to Wipeout on your phone. Or any platform, it seems. This stunning anti-gravity racer was years in the making, and will have you straining to catch the awesome visuals as you race past at breakneck speed.

#6 VS. Racing 2

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

VS. Racing 2
This is a wonderfully entertaining, perfectly balanced arcade blast with uncommonly accomplished (but not too accomplished) AI drivers leading to intense bite-sized races.

#7 Motorsport Manager 2

Product: Motorsport Manager 2Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Genres: Simulation, Sports

Motorsport Manager 2
Just as in the brilliant original, you don't actually race any cars in Motorsport Manager 2. But your job as manager - hiring and firing racers, choosing tires, and investing in sponsors - is just as important.

#8 Blocky Roads

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

Blocky Roads
A deceptively accomplished, finely honed take on the Trials template. Get your blocky car to the finishing line by scaling hills, dips, and improbably large chasms.

#9 Real Racing 2

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

Real Racing 2
It's no longer the uncontested king of mobile racing, thanks to the arrival of newer, prettier rivals. But Real Racing 2 still has a great handling model, loads of cars, and endless content for your cash.

#10 Horizon Chase

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

Horizon Chase
Remember when racing games were about fast red cars, bright blue skies, and long ass roads that just stretched off into the distance? Horizon Chase certainly remembers, and brings back those Outrun memories in style.

#11 REKT

Product: REKTFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher:

REKT
An intriguing combination of Rocket League and True Skate, 3D racing game adds stunts, tricks, ramps and loop-de-loops to the usual dash to the line.

#12 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.

#13 Asphalt 8: Airborne

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

Asphalt 8: Airborne
This goofy arcade game thinks concepts like physics and gravity are purely optional when it comes to racing games. You'll boost, smash cars, and make huge jumps on your way to the finish line.

#14 Riptide GP: Renegade

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

Riptide GP: Renegade
This grittier, more spectacular brother of Riptide GP 2 proves that racing games don't have to have wheels and roads. This splishy splashy jet ski sim trades pavement for water, and let's you do massive stunts in mid-air to gain boosts.

#15 ReRunners

Product: ReRunnersFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Klang GamesGenres: Multiplayer, Platform, Racing

ReRunners
ReRunners is one of the best platformers on mobile, but it's also a truly brilliant multiplayer racing game. You and a bunch of your fellow players must dash and leap to the end of each obstacle course-like level.

#16 F1 2016

Product: F1 2016Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Codemasters

F1 2016
Its roster of cars and drivers might be out of date now, but F1 2016 remains a wonderful representation of elite level motor racing. This is for those who take their racing seriously.

#17 Go Rally

Product: Go RallyFormats: iPhone, iPad, Apple TVPublisher: ChillingoGenres: Racing

Go Rally
Go Rally isn't a serious rally sim by any means, but it does provide a gloriously tight series of slidey point-to-point time trials.

#18 MAXIMUM CAR

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

MAXIMUM CAR
We don't generally approve of excessive capitalisation, but in this case MAXIMUM CAR earns a pass. It's a brilliantly OTT combat racer with chunky graphics and a strong whiff of Burnout.

#19 Need for Speed: Most Wanted

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

Need for Speed: Most Wanted
A strong arcade racer that looks as good as it feels to play. It's bursting with content and offers so much feisty car-on-car combat that it would make a Burnout fan go all gooey inside.

#20 Smash Cops

Product: Smash CopsFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: HutchGenres: Action, Racing

Smash Cops
Something of a minor App Store classic, Smash Cops offers a delightfully destructive brand of cops vs robbers carnage, complete with brilliant one-finger controls.

#21 CSR Racing 2

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

CSR Racing 2
This much beloved drag racer only cares about two things. Showing a roster of shiny cars you definitely couldn't afford in real life in the best possible light. And going forward very fast, one gear shift at a time. Luckily, it does both things very well.

#22 Jet Car Stunts 2

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

Jet Car Stunts 2
This game does not do anything realistically. The vehicles are bonkers, the levels are just shapes floating in the sky, and the gameplay is a barmy mix of daredevil stunt driving and retro platforming.

#23 Does not Commute

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

Does not Commute
A silly puzzle game where you are your own worst enemy. Every time you try and drive a car across town, you'll have to contend with other cars you drove in previous goes. It becomes a tangled temporal spaghetti junction of regrets and self loathing.

#24 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.

#25 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.

 

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Jon Mundy 20 June 2018
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