In the past Android wasn’t really that much of a gaming platform compared to iOS. It lacked the diversity of apps and the more powerful hardware to play them on. Now however, Android now has a massive 25 billion downloads to date, a figure Apple hit only half a year ago, showing how much Google’s ecosystem has developed as more and more people begin to use the software.
Racing games are popular on both an iOS and Android, and its interesting that many of the best appear on both platforms now. So here is a look at the 10 best racing games for Android – in no particular order
Ride some of the most powerful bikes out there at incredible speeds in Ducati Challenge. This is a must have for any motorcycle fan; even if you have never thought about motorcycling in real life, your guaranteed to have a great time with this game.
It features original and varied tracks, Championship and Quick Challenge modes, a simplified and enhanced handling system as to allow non-motorcyclists to join in on the action, and great all-round graphics to make it just that much better.
True to its name, Real Racing is a realistic simulation of competitive racing across a diverse range of environments with only the controls in the car to win the race — no boost or weapons or other tricks. You can touch or tilt to steer which may appeal to some and you have manual or automatic acceleration and braking.
The game is beautifully designed, the scenery looks stunning all the way throughout the game, along with the cars too. Real Racing 2 is probably best suited for any people used to games like GRID, as there’s no messing around. It should come with a notice: “For skilful racing enthusiasts only”.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is still a favorite amoungst racers, despite how long ago it was released on a mobile platform. You are tasked to outrun the law in supercars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque or stop racers completely in police interceptors. You can use weapons to get away such as overdrive, jamming and oil slicks, or if you’re trying to stop racers, you can use roadblocks, spike strips or an EMP lock.
Fast-paced, thrilling gameplay should keep you glued to your device for hours. Besides, some of the scenery through day and night looks aesthetically marvelous. Hot Pursuit is definitely worth the cash.
Heat is the newest addition to the Asphalt series for mobile devices. As with the previous game, you have to collect stars in order to unlock new cars and events to participate in, ranging from drift challenges to eliminations. The game has stunning visuals you can’t keep your eyes off. Background afterthoughts have definitely improved from Adrenaline.
Heat has such great replay value. Cars are now classed into tiers based on performance, so you can’t take a peek at the most powerful car as before which is a shame. The levels are well thought out and thorough, so you should get maximum enjoyability from your races.
5 stars and free don’t usually come in the same package, but that all changes with Road Warrior. The game features online multiplayer against up to 7 players, a wide variety of vehicles to choose from and precise controls to help you enhance your racing experience.
This combat-style racer plays and looks brilliant, especially if your device is up to scratch. The fast-paced gameplay keeps you stuck to your device; for no money at all, this is probably one of the best value games out there.
Heat’s younger brother, Adrenaline, has captivated the hearts and minds of the mobile gaming community since its release. It involves highly-paced, highly-graphical gameplay that glues you to your display. With a whole bunch of cars to unlock, this superb racer has hours of fun in store.
I mentioned earlier that Heat has improved on the little background details, but in Adrenaline they still felt like afterthoughts and let the overall graphics down a bit. The gameplay more than makes up for it though. Expect to not move for a while.
This game, whilst still a racer, is orientated towards taking out all adversaries. You have standard and knockout races as well as races where specific weapons must be used. The online playability is great too — you can have up to six people race against each other across multiple devices!
One issue though is that you can’t unlock all the cars and parts by just succeeding — you have to purchase some. Even so, this is still a great app and well worth trying for free or investing some money.
Tron has a huge fan base and to hear that there was a decent Tron game out for Android will make a few hearts jump a little inside. For those that don’t already know, Tron is a game where you drive a bike that spews out a trail of neon light that destroys other players that come into contact with it. Driving across a simplistic grid world of light you have to use strategy to figure out where and when to drive in order to cage in your opponent’s vehicle.
Anticlimactically, you have to recklessly get away from the police in this great racer. One of the things we love about racing games is the crashing, and this game offers exactly that; you have to generally crash your way through the 16 given levels.
Reckless Getaway is not a huge time-killer, but it’s definitely enough to have hours of fun. It won’t last ages, but for $1.99, it’s a pretty good bargain.