Love to play racing games on your Android phone or tablet? Here are our top picks for the best Android racing titles of 2014. Whether your tastes tend toward ultra-realistic street racers or more fantastical titles, these games will your motor running.
1. CSR Racing
Available on Google Play, CSR Racing features slick renderings of gorgeous cars like the Audi R8, BMW M3 and Chevy Corvette. The game also boasts officially licensed cars from Bentley, Ford, GM, Mercedes, Mini, McLaren, Pagani and Nissan.
What sets this game apart is the ability to totally customize your ride. Everything from unique license plates to aerodynamic tweaks to racing tires can be added to your car. A recent update added the ability to rearrange your garage, turbocharge your season, and buy a bigger gas tank. And did we mention how rad the graphics are? This game is easy on the eyes, and easy on your wallet.
If you’re looking for a racing game that truly captures the look and feel of your favorite real-world cars, this is your best bet. This game has a 4.5 rating on Google Play as of this rating, and is published by NaturalMotion Games.
2. Smash Bandits Racing 2014
The gameplay video above shows the game on an iOS device, but it still gives you a good idea of what Smash Bandits looks like.
Available on Google Play, Smash Bandits Racing 2014 has gotten some mixed reviews. However, we argue that it’s worth recommending for racing fans who prefer their games to be gritty and demolition-focused.
Smash Bandits Racing 2014 now offers a new racing league, two new cars, and some seriously badass enemies in the form of police helicopters that have been equipped with missiles. If carnage and mayhem is your favorite part of a good racing game, you need to download this title ASAP.
If you’re tired of racing games where you just drive around in circles, the frenetic carnage of this racing game is likely to appeal to you. Smash Bandits Racing 2014 is published by Kinger Games Team.
3. Need for Speed Most Wanted
Available on Google Play, Need for Speed Most Wanted isn’t exactly a new app, nor has it been recently updated. Still, it’s a solid title that will appeal to fans of both the Need for Speed film and the series of video games.
Need for Speed Most Wanted makes our list because of its responsive controls and array of unique-looking cars. The realistic damage and head-to-head races with friends give this game a ton of replay value. There’s a reason this franchise has been around for so long. Need for Speed Most Wanted is published by Electronic Arts.
4. Groove Racer
Available on Google Play, Groove Racer was released earlier this year. Check out this app in the video above.
This racing game will appeal to kids, as well as to fans of more casual games. This isn’t a racing game for auto fans or gear heads. The learning curve here is exceedingly gentle, which makes this a good game for playing while on your morning commute. It will also appeal to the kiddies.
This game boasts 66 free tracks (plus another 22 premium tracks) alongside 16 cars. The one-finger controls make Groove Racer a unique racing app.
As of this writing, Groove Racer has a rating of 4.1 on the Google Play store. Groove Racer was published by Outfit7.
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5. Drag Racing
Available on Google Play, Drag Racing was just updated on March 17. You can watch a review of this game in the video above.
Drag Racing currently has a rating of 4.5, and was published by Creative Mobile Games. Drag Racing has over 50 cars you can try. You can participate in real-time races against 9 other drivers at once. While the graphics aren’t the most amazing we’ve seen in an Android game, the ability to race against so many other live opponents really makes this game a lot of fun. If you’re looking for an Android racing game that is best experienced as a multi-player title, this is one game worth downloading.
Android gamers who prefer to play with a controller should definitely check out the Nyko Playpad Pro. This gaming peripheral works with any Android device with Bluetooth capability, provided it runs at least Android 3.0. The Playpad Pro is a great accessory for anyone who feels limited by touchscreen controls.