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While some prefer strategy, action, or even digital freedom, others look for the rush of speed. As we push the boundaries of smartphone visuals and precision controls, gaming benefits the most in this affair, where graphic details play a major role. For a dose of adrenaline, high-octane thrills, and graphic brilliance on a smaller screen, here are the best racing games on Android and iOS.

Asphalt 9: Legends

best racing games on Android

It’s been 16 years since the first Asphalt made its debut and ever since, it’s been dominating keyboard racing. A few years back, the adrenaline-fueled realm of Asphalt stretched out to smartphones as well, bringing its console-quality graphics. The game has over 800 events and 50 cars waiting to be unlocked. You also get weekly and monthly tasks and events to complete.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free.

Grid: Autosport

best racing games on Android

This new name may surprise you, but we’re just letting you know that Grid was not only one of the best racing games on Android last year but one of top across genres as well. The game boasts about 100 cars and a total of 100 races. The game is mostly focused on the single-player experience, but a variety of racing styles and little niceties like hardware controller support. We see a severe inclination towards track racing instead of city racing, unlike most games today, which indicates that it takes a deeper dive into motoring mechanics.

Available on Android and iOS.

Price: Rs 799.

Mario Kart Tour

best racing games on Android

You might be wondering how a name like Mario would end up on a list dedicated to speed, torque, and digital octane. But it did hold the title of having the most successful smartphone game launch until COD: Mobile came around. Yes, it’s about Mario racing, but it isn’t as simple as the Super Mario you played when you were 10. Based in the Mushroom Kingdom, you get to unlock various characters and amp up your Mario Kart (your car). The game is also looking at having multiplayer events soon, so you and your friends might want to bundle up on this one.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free.

Forza Street: Tap to Race

best racing games on Android

Microsoft’s Forza Street from the infamous Forza franchise came on Android recently to excite racers who prefer smaller screens. The game takes the standard Forza formula of collecting, customising and racing cars, and redesigns it for mobile. Forza Street is technically a Miami street racing game, but it differs quite a bit from recent, big-budget console and PC entries in the Forza series. It’s packed with special edition cars and timely events. We’ve always trusted Forza to deliver a visually brilliant game, and this is one of the best racing games on Android right now.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free.

CSR Racing 2

best racing games on Android

Unlike most racing games where cornering and drifting play a role, the CSRs believe in a straighter form of racing. Just how Dom from the FnF series says “A quarter-mile at a time”, this game does too. The only things that matter here are paddle shifting and precision timing. You ace that, and you’re unstoppable. Of course, you’d have to upgrade your car wisely, but that’s the beauty of the game.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free.

Riptide GP: Renegade

Tired of battling it out on road? Try the rough waters! At its heart, the game is just like Jet Moto or Wave Race 64. Riptide GP: Renegade is a story-driven career mode game but also lets you run a quick race or battle against online opponents. The graphics are top-notch, with water and motion blur effects, giving the game a good sense of speed. It also uses tilt screen controls, giving it a much more intimate and real-life racing touch. Speaking of controls, one key aspect of the game is pulling off insane stunts, which are easy to do with quick swipes.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free.

Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.