From big franchises like Need for Speed and Real Racing to indie hits like Race the Sun and Thumb Drift, these games set the pace on your mobile device.
Yet plenty of developers have been taking the genre to mobile devices too. Some draw heavily on their console heritage, while others have tried to reinvent the category for touchscreen controls and shorter, mobile-friendly sessions.
Here are 10 of the best Android and iOS racing games worth accelerating on to the app stores for. Forget cars: the best mobile racer might just be this one, which puts you at the controls of a solar-powered glider.
Some clever ideas complemented by solid gameplay. One of the longest-established mobile racing franchises in the world, here: Asphalt was burning rubber long before iPhone and Android existed.
Its eighth incarnation is the best yet: a huge of cars to unlock, a comprehensive career mode, and impressive online multiplayer races. It looks fantastic, runs like a dream, and offers considerable depth as you unlock and upgrade cars while moving through its competitions.
Here, too, online multiplayer is a big draw. The graphics are spiffing, and the gameplay matches them.
One of the biggest console racing franchises has translated smoothly to mobile in its latest version. As with Real Racing 3, there are plenty of races to get your teeth into. Now for something more retro: if you grew up on arcade-racing games like Out Run, Horizon Chase will bring the memories flooding back.
Another game that may remind you of the racers you played in your youth: this is a top-down driving game where you speed around tracks in short, focused races. Unlocks and upgrades are built neatly in to your progression, while its social leaderboards and challenges will provide bragging rights.
It suits pick-up-and-play sessions really well. Best iPhone and iPad apps Games. Stuart Dredge.
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