Compared to iOS in the distant past, Android wasn’t really that much of a gaming platform, as it lacked the diversity of apps and the more powerful hardware to play them on. Now however, Android 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.
But what I’m mostly interested in are racing games. Being both an iOS and Android user, I found my fair share of quality racers present on the iOS App Store, so I was curious to see if the Play Store could match up. I was pleasantly surprised to find that most if not all of my favorite iOS racers were here on Android, as well as some games I hadn’t seen before. Below, I will take a look at the 10 Android racing games that were a cut above the rest.
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.
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. I have to say, this game has stunning visuals — I couldn’t keep my eyes off it. Background afterthoughts have definitely improved from Adrenaline.
I’ve been with Heat for a while now, and I must say I have always found time for it, as it has such great replay value. Cars are now classed into tiers based on performance, so I couldn’t take a peek at the most powerful car like I usually do beforehand, much to my dismay. The levels are well thought out and thorough, so you should get maximum enjoyability from your races.
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 one of my favorite 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.
Anticlimactically, you have to recklessly get away from the police in this great racer. One of the things I 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.
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.
I’ve always been a huge Tron fan and to hear that there was a decent Tron game out for Android made my heart 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 light that destroys other players that come into contact with it. You have to use strategy to figure out where and when to drive in order to cage in your opponent’s vehicle.
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’re like me and have never thought about motorcycling in real life, i guarantee you’ll still 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.
…and it isn’t. There were many games that I wanted to put in here, but I believe these ten to be the best of the bunch. I hope that you have as much fun playing them as I did. And if you have any suggestion as to any other deserving racers that should be on this list, leave it in the comments below.