Top 10 Best Android Racing Games

best android racing games

(Asphalt 8: Airborne)

These are the best Android racing games out there. Our list of the top racing games for Android includes both freebies and paid apps. Whether your tastes run to the ultra-realistic or the totally ridiculous, these racing games are simply the best. You can’t really call yourself a racing game fan unless you’ve played every title on this list. See which racing games made the cut in our epic list below.

1. Asphalt 8: Airborne

Check out a walkthrough of this game in the video above.

Asphalt 8: Airborne is an awesome racing game that blends addictive gameplay with realistic graphics. There’s an awesome damage system, and you can take your car through environments like Venice, French Guiana, Iceland, and the Nevada Desert.

The game also boasts customizable touch controls, and a soundtrack with songs by Bloc Party, Mutemath & The Crystal Method. If you want a racing game that will get your pulse pounding, then you should download Asphalt 8: Airborne. As of this writing, this Android racing game has over 1.5 million five-star reviews on Google Play. With so many happy gamers, this is a game you can feel confident about downloading.

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  • Features real, licensed cars
  • 56 high-performance cars to choose from
  • Awesome graphics
  • 8 seasons & 180 events in the Career mode
  • Race through exotic locales

  • Cons:
  • Some users have complained about the winnings system
  • Some users have reported Wi-Fi issues
  • Physics may be slightly exaggerated
  • Some cars require real money to obtain
  • Won’t appeal to racing fans who prefer a more fantastical or cartoony vibe

  • 2. Unpossible

    Watch LonnieDos play Unpossible in the video above.

    This insane racing game is super-stressful, and that might be a turn-off for some players. However, there is a more laid-back game mode called Cruise mode, which is a “zen” mode for practicing your turns and playing without the stress of the regular game modes. Part racing game, part endless runner, and totally futuristic, Unpossible is one of those mobile games that is simply a must-play.

    Buy it here.

  • Challenges your reflexes and your memory
  • Awesome graphics
  • Great replay value
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Options for touch, tilt and external controllers

  • Cons:
  • Not free
  • Frustrating
  • Requires Android 4.0 and up
  • A few gamers have reported visual glitches
  • Not ideal for people who are prone to migraines or motion sickness

  • 3. Nitro Nation Racing

    Get a closer look at this game in the trailer above.

    Nitro Nation Racing stands out because of its slick graphics and pulse-pounding gameplay. The game uses real cars from brands like Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, BMW, Volkswagen, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda. Nitro Nation Racing boasts “the most realistic physics engine in the genre.” There’s a great blend of realistic racing elements and fantastical upgrades that take real-world cars way beyond their limits. Don’t miss out on this game.

    Buy it here.

  • Over 50 brands of cars
  • Some cars have over 1000 HP
  • Custom paint and decals
  • Free
  • High replay value thanks to multiple race modes and online competitions

  • Cons:
  • Can’t sell old cars (but an upgrade to fix this is coming soon)
  • Requires network connection
  • Can take months to unlock all the best things
  • Some users have reported connectivity bugs
  • Slow load times

  • 4. Shine Runner

    Check out the Shine Runner trailer in the video above.

    Not every racing game has to have a car in it. Shine Runner lets you pilot a sweet fanboat through the bayou. With a cargo hold packed with moonshine, you’ll need to outrun the cops so you can offload your ill-gotten gains. It’s fast-paced and frenetic, and a heck of a lot of fun. Even if aquatic racers aren’t really your thing, this may be the exception that proves the rule.

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  • Great graphics
  • Has a good sense of humor
  • Cool physics
  • Destructible environments
  • Bluetooth/USB gamepad or XPeria Play slide-out controller are supported

  • Cons:
  • Won’t work on devices running anything older than Android 2.3
  • Limited customization
  • Some users dislike market element
  • Repetitive
  • Some users prefer the developer’s other games over this one

  • 5. Traffic Street Racing: Muscle

    Check out gameplay footage from this racing game in the video above.

    If your dream car is a muscle car, then Traffic Street Racing: Muscle is a must-play. Boasting realistic environments, hot cars, and cool features, this is a game that will appeal to both younger and older players. One of the coolest features? The game has a dynamic day cycle, with which you can drive at any time of the day. If you want to pretend that you’re driving all day and into the night, this game can give you that experience. Additionally, it should be noted that this game has over 11,000 five-star reviews on Google Play. That may not be the million-plus reviews of some other games on this list, but it’s still nothing to sneeze at.

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  • Drive at any time of day
  • Gorgeous cars
  • Nice environments
  • Realistic physics
  • Endless city streets to explore

  • Cons:
  • Car cockpit view may not appeal to all
  • Game is on Version 1.01 as of this writing, still has some bugs
  • Users report lack of manual gears
  • Ho-hum sound design
  • No ghost mode

  • 6. Riptide GP2

    Check out the teaser trailer for this awesome Android racing game in the video above.

    Riptide GP2 was recently updated to address a crash issue that was occurring when using a game controller on Android L. With over 14,600 five-star reviews on Google Play, downloading this game is a no-brainer. Not all sequels are better than the original, but this one really is.

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  • Deep upgrade options to take your ride to the next level
  • Support for Android TV
  • Challenging races
  • Works on any Android device running 2.3 or higher
  • Four-way online battles

  • Cons:
  • Some users feel the game is too difficult
  • At least one user has lost their game data
  • Control could be more sensitive/responsive
  • Drains the battery
  • Some users feel that multiplayer mode is a ghost town

  • 7. Racing Rivals

    Check out the official trailer for Racing Rivals in the video above.

    For racing fans, one of the most appealing new racing games is Racing Rivals. The Racing Rivals devs have taken steps to reduce network and memory use in the game, which provides players with a smoother racing experience.

    Racing Rivals features a whole host of officially licensed cars from the real world, including cars from makers like McLaren, Subaru, Dodge, Mitsubishi, Ford, RWB, Scion, BMW, and Acura. If you thrive on fast-paced races, this game is a clear winner.

    Buy it here.

  • Tons of officially licensed cars
  • Supports nine languages
  • Nice social sharing features
  • Place bets or engage in turf wars, adding more drama to each race
  • Nice graphics

  • Cons:
  • Known issue on Samsung devices that run on 4.4.2, which can cause random crashes (devs have pushed a fix that should address this)
  • Racing Rivals requires an internet connection to play
  • RAM requirements are much higher for Android users on 4.0 or higher than for earlier operating systems
  • Some users have reported crashes/freezes
  • Lose a car in a race bet? You have to pay in real cash to get it back

  • 8. Retro Future Racing

    Watch the trailer for Angry Birds Go! in the video above.

    Angry Birds Go! isn’t exactly a new title, but it has been recently updated. As of this writing, Angry Birds Go! has over 1.2 million five-star ratings on Google Play. While this game does have some haters, it’s a well-balanced racer that is appropriate for both kids and adults. The game also supports the ability to share snapshots of your race in action, which is a really cool feature. If you love the characters from Angry Birds, and you love racing games, then why wouldn’t you like this game?

    Buy it here.

  • Tons of races to master
  • Cute Angry Birds characters (Race as birds or pigs)
  • Multiple game modes
  • Upgradeable cars
  • Tons of social integration

  • Cons:
  • Ads and IAP may be a turn-off for some
  • Unlikely to appeal to gear heads or fans of racing games that are more realistic in tone
  • Additional data downloads required
  • Some users have reported crashes/freezing
  • Some users have lost their progress after automatic updates