With millions of options to sift through on the Play Store and App Store, finding a quality no-nonsense and, more importantly, ad-free racing game can be a total nightmare. Because of that, we’ve gone out of our way to secure some of the best chapters on the current Android and iOS market.
Of course, 2021 saw an influx of video game ports and mobile exclusives, which only boosted the likes of Apple Arcade by leaps and bounds. 2022 is no different, and we’re currently bathing in more games than we honestly know what to do with. Therefore, we’ll knuckle down and pluck out the five best choices money can buy right now. Petrolheads unite, for these are the best racing games you can play on Android and iOS in 2022.
5. Warped Kart Racers
Warped Kart Racers takes Family Guy and friends on the road in an all-new multiplayer racing chapter for iOS. Similar in design to Mario Kart, up to eight players engage in vehicular combat while bidding for a podium finish, using pick-me-ups and wacky tools to add a few curveballs to an otherwise standard tribute.
As one of twenty playable characters, you too can join the mayhem and enrol in a plethora of manic tracks, all from a bite-sized iOS device. So, if you’ve ever pictured yourself going toe-to-toe against Quagmire of Quahog, then you’ll definitely find something to enjoy with this otherworldly karting gem from Electric Square Limited.
4. Mario Kart Tour
Nintendo unearths its fourteenth entry in the universally acclaimed racing saga, Mario Kart Tour, a mobile exclusive that drives the karting series to new and improved heights. Unlike its predecessors, Tour packs up its bags and transports its drivers to iconic locations all around the world, from Tokyo to New York, London to Paris.
Of course, at its heart, it’s still the same quirky karting gem that garnered the hearts of millions way back in 1992. But, there’s plenty more to experience with the Android and iOS entry, especially with the Tours mode, a two week real-time experience that sees players meshing together to claw for a place on the leaderboard. Besides that, there’s collecting drivers, equipment, perks, and points. Basically, it’s an all-in-one package that brings the signature ingredients from its console ports—but with, you know, more.
3. Grid Autosport
Grid Autosport removes the cartoon visuals and jokey cosmetics and aims only to conjure a no-nonsense racing experience. Though, this has been the case ever since the award-winning series came about, and it’s perspective hasn’t really faltered since. The point to take away, of course, is that both beginners and veterans can take respite in a Grid segment, even on a much smaller scale.
Grid Autosport brings two smoking barrels’ worth of realistic visuals and enhanced gameplay over a network of online and offline modes. Like its console counterparts, players immerse in a high-octane racing career, where next-level simulation and arcade-style mechanics go hand-in-hand. All of this gels remarkably well given its downsized platform, and even to this day, it still holds up surprisingly well when stacked against the top dogs of the current market.
2. Need for Speed: No Limits
Need for Speed is a household name in the racing world, and rightfully so. Ever since it first popped its head up on PlayStation One back in ’94, developers have only continued to add to its prominence by finding ground on each and every platform. For the Android and iOS user base, though, it’s No Limits, a compact but equally as jam-packed race chapter that swings a serious punch.
No Limits takes you back to the street, a place that bleeds neon sirens and utterly wreaks of aspiration and vigor. As a new driver, you must customize a ride fit enough to shift mountains, and then take it to the underworld circuit to pit against the countless competitors that populate its corners. So, a mobile version of earlier entries, you could say. Think Most Wanted, but on an iPhone, and with fewer options to choose from.
1. CSR Racing 2
There’s an untapped network revolving around drag racing that has yet to be squeezed of all its fortune. CSR Racing 2 doesn’t really try and pinch it, either, as it’s a free-to-play game on Android and iOS with a number of quality perks without any sneaky costs embedded within. But that’s the beauty of it, and it further supports the fact that the game has been able to snag a top spot in the genre for years now. And honestly, we think it’s well-deserved, given its chosen subject.
Unlike other racing games that’ll test your mettle over a lengthy circuit race, CSR Racing 2 instead opts for short adrenaline-fueled sprints, ones that see you skyrocketing across a strip in a souped up car of your own design. And, without the added pressure of spending real money for virtual perks, it becomes a more laid-back experience that basically anyone can jump on. So, if you want to try your hand at drag racing without forking over cash for a head start, then definitely consider picking this one up and taking it for a spin.
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