It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a realistic Gran Turismo-style drive-’em-up, a fast-paced arcade racing game, or one of those top-down racers.
You’ll find whatever you’re looking for on the App Store. It’s filled to the brim with all manner of Pocket Gamer Award-winning titles, you see.
Naturally, as self-appointed curators of Apple’s digital store, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten favorite iPhone and iPad racing titles.
If you don’t already own any of the below, be sure to add them to your collection immediately.
Real Racing 3
There was much consternation among mobile gamers and even journalists when EA announced that Real Racing 3 would be a free-to-play experience.
Anyway. Real Racing 3 is the Gran Turismo of the iOS world.
It’s packed to the rafters with officially licensed cars from Bentley and Mercedes-Benz, as well as a selection of real-world tracks.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Sonic & Sega All-Stars racing is essentially Mario Kart for your iPhone and iPad. It’s fun; it’s fast paced; and it’s contains loads of colorful characters and power-ups.
Said characters are – as you may have already guessed – ‘borrowed’ from a variety of established Sega franchises.
You can play as AiAi from the Super Monkey Ball series and Beat from Jet Set Radio, for example. Oh, and B.D. Joe from the Crazy Taxi franchise.
VS. Racing 2
This top-down arcade racer features a 127-race single-player mode. It also boasts several multiplayer modes in which you can compete against five of your buddies over Wi-Fi or three over Bluetooth.
The best of these modes is Elimination mode. Here, you can eliminate your opponents using oil slicks, mines, heat-seeking missiles, and other weapons.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed: Most Wanted isn’t just about beating your friends, enemies, and frenemies to the finishing line.
It’s also about dangerously weaving in and out of traffic; uncovering shortcuts; and taking big risks in order to outrun the fuzz who are hot on the tail of your supercharged sports car.
Along the way, you’ll earn Speed Points. With these, you can compete on Origin-powered leader boards with other Most Wanted players from around the world.
Death Race 2000-inspired PC racer Carmageddon has led a controversial life. It was banned in some countries upon its release in 1997 due to its gory nature. It was merely censored in others.
Well, because you can collect bonuses, wreck opponents’ cars, and flatten poor pensioners with your vehicle in order to extend your time limit during races.