What are the Best iOS Racing Games?

What are the Best iOS Racing Games?

Give your iOS game library a nitro boost with these great racing games.

iOS devices have a wide range of driving games for you to enjoy. No license needed. No console, either.

Take a look at the App Store and you're certain to find a racing game that suits you. Looking for realism and racing sims? You're covered. Looking for something a little more nutty and free-thinking? You're covered. Looking for a game where your wheels are almost never on the ground? Believe it or not, you're covered.

If you're itching to put the pedal to the metal (or your thumb to the touchscreen, in this case), you should definitely check out the App Store's top offerings.

Horizon Chase - World Tour ($2.99)

Aquiris Game Studio claims Horizon Chase is engineered to be a "love letter to retro gaming fans," specifically fans of 8- and 16-bit racing titles like Rad Racer and Outrun. And sure enough, everything a retro racing game fan could want is here. The graphics are bright and colorful, the trash talk between reckless drivers flows freely, and the decorated horizon forever eludes your grasp.

In fact, Horizon Chase's chiptune soundtrack is put together by Barry Leitch, the composer for classic retro racing games like Lotus Turbo Challenge, Top Gear for the SNES, and Rush. Jump in and drive to the ends of the earth.

Riptide GP2 ($0.99)

Who says racing needs to involve wheels and concrete? One of the best racing games on the App Store is Riptide GP2, a jetski-racing game that brings back memories of Wave Race 64 for the N64. You bound across waves and learn how to master these choppy leaps to inch ahead of the competition. The game looks amazing; you can practically feel the cold spray on your face (wait, no, that's just your kid spitting the remnants of their apple juice on you while you play).

Riptide GP2 offers a single-player campaign as well as the option to challenge friends and strangers online. You can also learn how to perform stunts to get a little boost while racing. Just make sure your life jacket is strapped on tight.

Real Racing 2 ($4.99)

Real Racing 2 doesn't look quite as good as Real Racing 3, and EA has seemingly dropped support of the game in favor of its newer, flashier predecessor. But Real Racing 2 is still a real crowd-pleaser for two reasons.

One, it's packed full of content, including a single-player campaign and awesome multiplayer races. Two, Real Racing 2 is far less bogged down by free-to-play trappings than Real Racer 3. Though you can still purchase currency via microtransactions, there are no waiting periods or blatant sales pitches to contend with. You simply pays your money and race your cars.

Real Racing 3 still has its high points, but Real Racing 2 is the easier recommendation.

Asphalt 8: Airborne (Free)

Riptide GP2 proves that racing games don't require wheels to be good, and Asphalt 8: Airborne demonstrates that keeping your tires on the ground while racing is totally optional. This high-flying racing game eschews realism for fun, and with awesome results. Leap over ramps, bridges, and even mountains across a wide variety of tracks. Soar, you majestic metal eagle, you.

Crazy Taxi ($4.99)

Regardless of how you feel about the rise of mobile gaming, it's hard to deny that being able to play Dreamcast classics on your phone is simply cool. One classic you can park on your mobile device is Crazy Taxi, the off-kilter driving game that has you racing against the clock as you deliver passengers to their destinations.

Crazy Taxi was a blast in the '90s, and it's a blast now. Just remember, though: Safe driving earns no tips.

VS Racing 2 (Free)

VS Racing 2 offers a top-down view of arcade racing at is purest. Aside from a single-player campaign, you can partake in multiplayer racing and afflict other players with oil slicks, mines, fire, and all the good stuff that generally makes arcade racing worth doing.

Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing ($3.99)

Maybe you missed out on Sonic's excursion behind the wheel when the original Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing hit last generation's console line-up. If you're a fan of mascot racers, All-Stars Racing needs to be on your "To Play" list. This is no mere Mario Kart clone; it operates on its own physics, and its own rules. It's also rich with Sega history and lore, which may cause you to weep quietly for a digital paradise lost.

All Stars Racing's sequel, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed (Free) also comes recommended. Admittedly, Transformed is coupled with free-to-play trappings like paywalls, which might turn some racers off if they're already comfortable with the console game.

Want more recommendations for great iOS games? Check out our main guide, which links to many more lists covering the best iOS games by genre.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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