Racing game lovers and Android smartphone or tablet owners, you’re spoiled in here. You are entitled to a plethora of free mobile titles, the best of which offers such a platform with impressive quality. Here is a selection of the best free racing games you don’t want to miss.
The Google Play Store has tons of car and racing games. Suddenly, choosing from the vast number of titles in the Android App store is difficult. And as you don’t necessarily have the time to install and try dozens of games to find the one or the ones that best suits you, we decided to offer you a selection of those that caught our eye.
For reasons of accessibility, we decided to focus on the games available for free, and to refer you directly to the Play Store and not to download an APK file on a third party website.
Asphalt 9 : Legends
Asphalt is of course the benchmark license for Android racing games. Gameloft has improved its recipe over the years to keep it on top and this ninth installment is no exception to the rule. The graphics are very beautiful but don’t require a war machine to play in good conditions, and intuitive controls make the gameplay pleasant.
With dozens of vehicles, a large dimension of customization, and the presence of 60 seasons and 800 races in career mode (solo), the game is very complete and has no major deficiencies. In multiplayer, it is naturally possible to compete against opponents. But beware in this second case, it will take a long time to reach the best level if you do not intend to go to the cashier to speed up your progress.
Note that the old Asphalt is still very good titles, which you can try too.
Real Racing 3
With Real Racing, which has the advantage of being licensed for Formula 1 rights including official vehicles and circuits, Electronic Arts has managed to do well in the mobile car games sector. There’s plenty to do in terms of content, with more than 250 cars, 40 circuits and 19 real-world sites. The game can be played on solo as well as multiplayer.
The view of the cockpit strengthens the sensation of immersion, all that is missing is the steering wheel in hand to truly believe it. The driving sensations are really good.
Need for Speed : No Limits
The NFS saga arrives on mobile, and the studio that is responsible for Real Racing 3’s development is at the helm. Difficult to do better as quality guarantee. Racing sensations and handling are obviously there with the camera behind the vehicle and not inside the passenger compartment, even in third-person view.
Of course, both the gameplay and the customization options make it a much less simulated game than a Real Racing 3, but that’s also what many players are looking for: to be able to start a race without any headache or adjustments to make. And this first Need for Speed designed for smartphones and tablets is perfect for that. And the graphic quality still adds cachet to the title. What if the future of the license was more on mobile than on other media now, after a very disappointing Need for Speed Heat?
Mario Kart Tour
Nintendo arrived late on the market for mobile games but it’s clear this doesn’t harm him. With their titles on smartphones and tablets, the publisher earns astronomical sums, and Mario Kart Tour contributes to that.
The game principle remains the same as the console versions: eight players per race, the ability to take shortcuts, and especially objects to pick up allowing for a certain advantage if used well: a banana to slow down an opponent’s progress behind you, a red shell to throw at a competitor in front of you, a mushroom to boost speed…
Each character also has its own particularities, allowing you to vary the gameplay a bit and optimize your races: Mario may be the best on a circuit, but Yoshi is more likely to win another. The choice of go-karts and sails for accumulating points is also far from negligible.
Funny, to get the best rewards and access the multiplayer mode you can blame the game for paying a season pass. But it’s still possible to have a good time playing solo without necessarily wanting to achieve the best scores.
Clearly not a game like many of the titles in this selection that can rely on its name, Drag Racing is nevertheless a very good title for those who love racing. It is distinguished by a different gameplay from what we are used to since it was designed exclusively for one type of race: drag, this discipline which consists of driving on a straight line as quickly as possible.
A lightsystem helps you to change gears at the right time. If you delay too long, you’re not going to be fast enough, if you anticipate too much, your engine will spin: it’s all about timing, you have to find a balance. You can then ignore the visual aids, with a little experience, to set up your own step-by-step strategy.
Race against AI is used at the start of the game to train and construct a nest egg to buy cars and upgrades. In online multiplayer, you can then test your piloting skills and why not join the Pro League to be part of the elite.
GT Racing 2: The Real Car Exp
Gameloft not only has Asphalt on the mobile in its catalog of mechanical sports games. There’s also a certain GT Racing 2: The Real Car Exp, which starts to age and is therefore less followed than it was at the time but is still being updated.
71 cars, 13 circuits, a dozen game modes (solo and multiplayer), you can do a lot if you’re planning to play’ casu.’ One of the most important features is the choice of view: four angles are available, including the full immersion view of the cockpit (but which is not the easiest to handle).
You can play with cornering and braking help easily for beginners. There are many customization and optimization options to take into account for the more experienced, to constantly improve and take advantage of adversity. In fact, we are playing a simulation game instead of an arcade game.
CarX Drift Racing 2
We liked the first opus, the second episode is here! The title focuses on drifting, as the name suggests, these controlled skids that screech tires but allow you to take tight turns without losing too much speed. In particular, we highlight the tandem mode, which consists of a two-stage race: a first attempt to do your best, then a second following your own ghost, which enables you to learn from your mistakes and better understand circuits.
Customization of the vehicle is naturally on the game, both on the aesthetic side and on the performance side. Solo mode allows you to train for tuning your car and collect rewards. You can then go online and take on other players.
Hill Climb Racing 2
With Hill Climb Racing 2, we change the mood, relying on cartoon graphics that are very pleasing to the eye rather than taking off the retina with amazing scenes. The 2D viewing angle also conflicts with the proposals of the competition.
The game has the merit of offering an experience very different from the other titles presented in this selection. We’re not looking for realism or immersion here but for fun. On the other hand, there are many elements common to racing games: single and multiplayer modes, online competitions, vehicle design customization, improvement selection…
Nitro Nation Drag & Drift
We’ve got drag games, we’ve got drift games and now we’ve got a game that does both at once! Nitro Nation Drag & Drift offers to drive over 150 official cars of the world’s largest brands that you can upgrade as you wish. A small, over-boosted Golf GTI can mug a big Jaguar in this game and that’s really fun.
We’ve seen better in terms of graphics but the rendering remains very correct. And this may allow players who are not necessarily very powerful equipped with devices to run the game. The game is particularly interesting for casual players who just want to start a game once in a while, with only drag and drift available, and not a multitude of circuits available. The period of learning is also quite short, you won’t get lost.
Beach Buggy Racing 2
With Beach Buggy Racing 2, we return to the cartoon, a go-kart racing game that manages to stand out with its fun gameplay and power-up system, exceptional skills that spoil your opponents ‘ lives. A bit like Mario Kart but with more impressive powers than that. You also have those power-ups to choose from, which you can upgrade, adding a strategy and preparation dimension.
There are several drivers and more than 40 karts available to vary the pleasures, everything being customizable. The diversity of game modes means you’re not getting bored too fast. Recommended if you’re not looking for a simulation but a little mobile game that’s really well thought out.
We tried to mix the genres a bit to suit every taste. This selection is by no means exhaustive, of course, and we invite you to share your suggestions for racing games that you like on Android in the comments.