25 essential games to rev up your Android collection
Updated March 7, 2019: New entries added
It used to be that you had to ply a giant arcade machine with coins or splurge hundreds of pounds on a home console to play a proper racing game.
Not any more. All you need to scratch that racing game itch nowadays is an Android device. The Google Play Store is chock-full of advanced simulators, arcade racers, kart racers, and plenty in between.
Indeed, the arrival of the smartphone has led to a whole bunch of oddities that splice all manner of different genres onto the humble racing game.
We've picked out the best racers on Android for you. Don't agree? Feel free to let us know your favourites in the comments below.
As close to a true console racer as mobile gaming gets, Gear.Club is a technically stunning, content-packed racing game from a company with genuine console pedigree. Great car physics, top graphics, and a large roster of authentic hardware pushes Gear.Club up to P1.
Horizon Chase enthusiastically subscribes to Sega's OutRun vision of arcade racing. If you've never encountered that before, think bright blue skies, long sweeping bends, and plenty of improbable drifting.
You don't actually race any cars in Motorsport Manager 3, but it's still a brilliant game for racing fans. You play the part of a racing team manager, hiring and firing racers, choosing tires, and investing in sponsors.
It might not look like any racing game you've ever played, but Data Wing is a thrilling example of the genre. Imagine a top-down racer with Lunar Lander spaceships in place of cars, and you'll begin to grasp the basics of this ingenious game.
The racing game that divided Pocket Gamer staff down the middle. On the one hand, it looks gorgeous and is one of the most accomplished racers on mobile. On the other, it's stuffed full of IAPs and annoying wait timers.
CSR famously removes steering from the equation and focuses on going really fast in a straight line through well-timed gear shifts. With less attention on the road, it can also focus on making its cars look amazing.
This fast-paced driving game sees you fleeing from the cops and causing carnage in a series of open maps. Your average run will be brutally short but oh-so-sweet, which is why Pako 2 is a great mobile game.
We couldn't very well put CSR on this list without the game that started the whole drag racing thing, could we? Drag Racing is nowhere near as pretty as Natural Motion's steering wheelless wonder, but it's still a lot of fun.
If you pine for the racing games of old, here's a delightfully nostalgic effort from a developer who made two of finest Amiga racers ever. Retro Racing is striking in its challenge, portrait orientation, and level of racing nuance.
Remember the old Micro Machines games from the '90s? Table Top Racing is like those, with races set across various domestic scenes. The key difference is that the view has been zoomed right in like the polished modern racer it is.