Racing games with their quick races, challenging environments and fun visuals offer a great entertainment package for those wanting to play casual games on the go. In the recent past, the number of racing related games for Android surged by a considerable number. Keeping that in mind, we’ve sifted from the racing games what we feel are must downloads for your Android phone. The top 10 have been split into five each, comprising free and paid apps.

Free games

Tiki Kart 3D

Somewhat similar to Mario kart, Tiki Kart 3D takes kart racing to the extreme with its brilliant physics, speed and weapons. The environments are pretty unique as well with racing in the depths of a volcano, a giant fruit, a tropical umbrella or traditional circuits.  The game consists of 15 fun-filled tracks and your car can do a variety of gravity defying jumps, corkscrew turns and boost pads, along with loops.

Tiki Kart 3D

Tiki Kart 3D

The game has a vast arsenal of weapons as well. You can hit your opponent with a pineapple, or a fireball. More options include oil slick and tar to slow them down. It’s a fast-paced game with springs and surprises guaranteed to give you a fun racing experience. There are three levels of difficulty and speed based on your gaming skills.

Death Rally

Death Rally is an action packed, combat racing game with cars, guns and a lot of fun. It’s a pretty popular game that has been played more than 60 million times, by more than 5 million gamers worldwide. The game has a thrilling career mode where you can upgrade and level up your cars and weapons with in-app purchases. Lock and load and enter the Death Rally and humiliate and destroy your opponents. You choose how you win, no trick is too dirty!

Death Rally

Death Rally

Death Rally requires an Android device with:

  • Multi-touch display
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration with the performance of Adreno205, Mali400, SGX540, Tegra2 or better
  • ARM v7 compatible CPU
  • Android operating system version 2.2 or later.

The game is brought to you by Remedy, developer of Max Payne and Alan Wake. And as they put it, this is no Sunday Drive. This is Death Rally.

Road Warrior

Another addictive racing and shooter game that pits you against opponents that have the potential to rip you apart with their guns. But, you have your own arsenal of weapons to get into some car ripping action. Everything in this game allowed, but losing! 

Road Warrior

Road Warrior

You can execute perfect flips and stunts to gain coins and nitro boosts. Car options are aplenty – from sedans to massive monster trucks and GT racing cars as well. Users can discover multiple tracks. There are many paths within a single track. There's always a specific strategy for each car
. There are different types of races as well: from plain asphalt for extreme speeds to bumpy rally roads for adrenaline rushes.

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 The game has precise controls and amazing physics with real racing world parameters, like engine power, racing drag, suspension stiffness and much more. Online multiplayer allows you to compete against 5 million users across all devices! Show off your ability to shoot, kill and stunt. Players are ranked based on performance, so you better use every dirty trick you know to win! It’s one super addictive and fast-paced racing game you shouldn’t miss out on. 

Lane Splitter

In Lane Splitter, you have to weave your way through traffic at insanely fast speeds. It uses the accelerometer on your phone to steer left and right. You can touch the phone’s screen to wheelie and perform stunts and increase your speed. The game has seven different characters to play, each with their own unique abilities and gameplay. It also has some crazy 3D graphics and the environments that dynamically change. You can pick up coins to earn money, which can then be exchanged with upgrades and other items. 

Lane Splitter

Lane Splitter

There’s Facebook integration, so you can compete with your friends for the top score and post brags to your wall. The sound effects are recorded from real motorcycles, including a sports bike, chopper, dirt bike, and a cafe racer, so it provides you with an engaging experience. You can pick up “Lane Splitter” bonuses by navigating your way in-between cars during heavy traffic. Compete for best wheelie score by holding the screen to wheelie while playing as Jake or Jonny. And, if a cop is on your tail, get 500ft away to evade him, or buy some donuts to bribe him. Oh, and don’t forget to buy the helmet! It can protect you when the going gets tough!

GL Tron

The Tron gameplay has been popular, since a long time now. It was available for the Atari, the Commodore and now that quick, witty action has come to Android. This app features primarily for the nostalgia feeling it gives when you play it. Made popular by the movie Tron, this game has a simple goal to it. You race against your opponent in a maze and have to trap him into crashing against the trail left behind by your bike.

Tron

Tron

But beware, the competition gets tougher when the opponents increase. Also a couple of powerups and boosts give you or the opponent an edge over the other. It’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat with its quick gameplay and fast visuals. 

Paid Games

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

Asphalt games have had a long mainstay in the Google Play store for their brilliant gameplay and replayability factor. WIth Adrenaline, you race the world and feel the thrill of arcade racing like never before. There are 42 cars and bikes from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ducati and other world-class manufacturers. You can collect them in your own 3D garage.

Asphalt 6

Asphalt 6

You can even take on friends in Online and Local multiplayer mode for up to 6 racers. These street speed races will have you tearing up city streets in L.A., Tokyo, the Bahamas and more. Each location is rendered in engaging HD graphics. There are 11 leagues and 55 different events that will keep you entertained for quite a while. There are a lot of tuning options that help your vehicles reach peak performance on any track 

Pocket Racing

Pocket Racing is an old school, top-down 2D racer, with online scoreboards, race uploads and downloads. There’s a lite version available as well, in case you want to try out the game before buying it. The lite version allows you try out two tracks and four cars and that in itself is pretty fun. 

Pocket Racing

Pocket Racing

The full version allows you to race 8 tracks and drive 5 cars. All the cars have different handling, traction control and acceleration levels. There’s a customizable car as well. An interesting feature that allows you to compete with each other is via the downloadable leaderboard cars. Ghost cars get downloaded to your phone and you can compete and fine tune yourself against the ones on the lower levels to win against the higher placed opponents. A fun, entertaining game. 

Mini Motor Racing

Mini Motor Racing plays like a remote-controlled car showdown, combined with modern tech to nitro-boost your engines. The game allows you to play multiplayer against up to four of your friends via Wi-Fi and race in campaign competitions for big rewards. It also lets you upgrade your skills and cars to win more. 

Mini Motor Racing

Mini Motor Racing

In Mini Motor Racing, you race in fully upgradeable cars, each with their own unique handling and style.  Whether it be Sports, Hatch, Big-rig, Pick-up, School Bus or Hot Rod. You win races throughout the game and you’ll find yourself behind the wheel of the sweetest rides around including the official Fruit Ninja buggy! The game allows you to race on over 20 tracks, in day and night and varying weather conditions. Also, it supports multiplayer for up to four players over Wi-Fi. 

Reckless Racing 2

Reckless Racing has been one of the most popular racing games for Android, since a long time now. This road racer has 18 highly detailed cars, from small buggies to supercars and 24 routes with varying roads from dirt to tarmac. The game also has a Career mode that lets you earn money for new cars. For those looking for a quick race, Arcade mode with 40 pre-defined challenges provides quite a bit of fun. 

Reckless Racing

Reckless Racing

In Reckless Racing, you can tune and tweak the performance, handling, tires, rims and colours of your cars. It has a shader-based game engine with normal maps, reflections, specularity, shadows and particles. The game allows multiplayer action via the Internet and five control layouts to ensure maximum comfort while playing. Optional assists, such as racing lines, mini maps and chase cameras have been included too. Complete action packed entertainment!

Need for Speed Shift

The Need for Speed series has been popular on almost all gaming platforms and the Android ecosystem is no exception to that. With their latest Shift edition you get to drive 20 cars, including, the BMW M3 GT2, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Pagani Zonda across 18 tacks in international locations, like Chicago, London, Tokyo through night and day. Need for Speed Shift has it all – from roaring engines, to squealing tyres to crazy collisions. You can also fine tune your performance with Top Speed, Acceleration, Tires, Suspension, and Nitrous upgrades. Add custom details like spoilers, rims, specialized paint jobs, and body kits.

Need for Speed

Need for Speed

There’s Quick Race, Career Mode and three difficulty settings – Rookie, Pro and Veteran. This game is one of the most aggressive racing games and is definitely entertaining and fun. With Shift, it’s all about speed. Crazy speed. 

So, that sums up our list of top 10 racing games for Android. Besides these, if there are any racing games you love playing on your phone, do let us know in the comments section below. 

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