Top 25 racing games on iPhone and iPad

1

GRID Autosport

Publisher: Feral Interactive

Genre: Racing


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

Publisher: Eden Games

Genre: 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

Rush Rally 3

Rush Rally 3

A brilliantly balanced racer that combines authentic muck-specked simulation with intuitive arcade racing.

4

Reckless Racing 3

Publisher: Pixelbite Games

Genre: 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

Developer: Zorg Entertainment

Genre: 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

Motorsport Manager 3

Motorsport Manager 3

You don’t actually race any cars in Motorsport Manager Mobile 3. But your job as manager – hiring and firing racers, choosing tires, and investing in sponsors – is just as important.

7

Blocky Roads

Publisher: DogByte Games

Genre: 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.

8

Real Racing 3

Developer: Firemonkeys

Publisher: EA Mobile

Genre: Racing

Real Racing 3

It’s no longer the uncontested king of mobile racing, thanks to the arrival of newer, prettier rivals. But Real Racing 3 still has a great handling model, loads of cars, and endless content.

9

Asphalt 9: Legends

Publisher: Gameloft

Genre: Arcade, Multiplayer, Racing

Asphalt 9: Legends

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.

10

Horizon Chase

Publisher: Aquiris Game Studio

Horizon Chase - World Tour

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

Data Wing

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.

12

REKT

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.

13

Pako 2

Publisher: Tree Men Games

Genre: 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.

14

Riptide GP: Renegade

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

Pako Forever

Publisher: Tree Men Games

Genre: Racing

Pako Forever

As the name suggests, Pako Forever takes the series’s automotive carnage and applies it to an endless game mode. This driving game’s about stamina and manoeuvrability rather than speed.

16

F1 Mobile Racing

F1 Mobile Racing

F1 Mobile Racing is a technically brilliant representation of elite level motor racing, but with a welcome sense of accessibility.

17

Go Rally

Publisher: Chillingo

Genre: 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

Publisher: I Fight Bears

Genre: 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

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

Developer: Hutch Games

Genre: 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

Publisher: NaturalMotion Games

Genre: Racing

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

Developer: True Axis

Genre: 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

Best Rally

Publisher: Oddrok

Genre: Arcade, Racing

Best Rally

An excellent arcade racer that focuses in on nailing the right racing line. It’s not deep, but it is a whole lot of fun.

24

Trials: Frontier

Developer: RedLynx

Publisher: Ubisoft

Genre: 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

Publisher: Meizi Games Oy

Genre: 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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