Sometimes you want a relaxing mobile game, and that’s fine. But now and again you want a hit of adrenaline and rush of speed. So rev up your smartphone engine, check your rear view mirror, and let's take a look at five of the best mobile racing games around.
Real Racing 3
iOS(FREE) / Android (FREE)
We make no apologies for starting with a fairly obvious choice, because Real Racing 3 is as good as it gets.
Not only is it stunning to look at, it gives you an amazingly in-depth driving experience. You can choose one of 45 famous cars from the likes of Porsche and Lamborghini, and take them out for a spin on real world racetracks at breakneck speeds.
Real Racing 3 has lots of game modes to keep you happy, including a unique Time Shift Multiplayer option. This lets you race against real people, without everyone having to log in and race at the same time.
Red Bull Air Race
iOS (FREE) / Android (FREE)
Who said racing games have to be all about cars? Yep, where we’re going, we don’t need roads…
Red Bull Air Race gives wannabe racing pilots a chance to fly the same gravity-defying racetracks that the world's best pilots tackle in real life.
You’ll be racing against 23 crack Red Bull pilots at speeds of up to 370kph, through 25 metre high pylons and with tight turns only ever a few seconds away. So if you’ve got quick reactions, nerves of steel and a head for heights, download it now.
Fast & Furious: Legacy
iOS (FREE) / Android (FREE)
Fast & Furious: Legacy is a pure arcade racing experience. There’s a great mix of gameplay to enjoy here, including drift racing, traffic dodging and no-holds-barred drag racing.
It’s based on the Fast & Furious movie franchise, of course, so you’ll be leading your crew against rival teams. And you’ll be speeding through classic movie locations (quite often with cop cars in hot pursuit) all around the world from LA to Tokyo.
If you’re in the mood to burn up the streets and reacquaint yourself with Tej, Roman, Letty and the gang, this is the only racer for you.
Riptide GP 2
iOS (£1.49) / Android (£1.59)
We’ve raced on land. We’ve taken the skies. So now let’s hit the H2O and ride through the waves with Riptide GP2.
Riptide GP2 gives you a rare opportunity of racing rocket-powered hydro jets racing around futuristic tracks. We can’t think of a better way to spend our time.
And there’s even more to Riptide GP2 than mere racing, because 25 death-defying stunts can be unlocked and unleashed. You can do all this while playing through a single player career mode, or leave actual real-life opponents in your wake in the four-player online multiplayer mode.
iOS (£1.99) / Android (60p)
Our final choice is a racing game that takes a slightly different approach to the others on this list. Motorsport Manager drags you out of the driving seat and puts you in the manager's chair, to run your own racing team.
As team manager, you’ll have to invest in research and development to build competitive cars. It’s also your responsibility to hire and fire everyone from engineers to star racing drivers.
As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also be deciding on the race tactics all the way down to your pit stop strategy. The attention to detail in this game is incredible, and it’s dangerously addictive. Give it a go, especially if you’ve got a few hours to spare!
What do you think of this list? Did we make the right choices? If your favourite mobile racing game isn’t here, then let us know. Send a comment speeding our way below.