These are the best racing games for Android. If you love driving full speed through winding roads, drag racing games, or high-octane NOS boosts, these games are worth downloading today. Each title will satisfy your need for speed.
Whether you’re looking for ultra-realistic car racing, casual arcade fun, or want to fly through the water with turbo boosts and more, we have it all covered. These games are fun, free, and a few even work without WiFi. Some cost a few bucks, but they’re worth the small cost.
As you probably know, mobile racing games are some of the most popular games because they’re easy to play. Not to mention they have some of the best graphics. That said, certain titles require a fairly new phone, otherwise, the graphics aren’t as good. These are the racing games you’ll want to play throughout 2018.
Over the past year or two Android games have improved by leaps and bounds, and are getting better with each release. As phones get more powerful like the Galaxy S9, screen sizes increase, and VR improves, the games do too.
The games detailed below will keep you busy for hours and on the edge of your seat. We’re starting with Asphalt 8: Airborne, as it’s still my favorite all-around game for Android. However, Asphalt 9: Legends might be even better. Here’s a quick list for those interested. Then, full details and download links are in our slideshow below. Additionally, between the new Vulkan API for graphics, and changes in Android 8.0 Oreo, we’re expecting some great games later this year and in early 2019.
Best Racing Games for Android
- Asphalt 8: Airborne
- Driver Speedboat Paradise
- Racing Rivals
- Slingshot Racing
- Beach Buggy Blitz
- Extreme Car Driving Simulator
- Traffic Racer
- Real Racing 3
- Fast & Furious: Legacy
- Need for Speed: No Limits
- GRID Autosport (coming soon)
- Asphalt Extreme
- Drag Racing
- Red Bull Air Race 2
- Horizon Chase
As we said above, there are hundreds of games available from the Google Play Store. And while some are decent, many of them are poor copies of others and not worth the time it’ll take to download. Instead of waiting time, data, or money, download a few from our recommended list.
In closing, these are the best, visually stunning, or fun high-octane racing games on Android. You might find an old game or two on the list, but they’re just that good. Then, stay tuned for more games throughout 2018, like the highly anticipated GRID or Asphalt 9: Legends release for Android.
Asphalt 8: Airborne (and Asphalt 9)
Our first pick and still my favorite racing game to date is Asphalt 8: Airborne. It's a tie between it and the new Asphalt 9 Legends, which recently arrived for Android.
Asphalt 8 is a little different from the companies older titles. It does away with all the simulator realism and goes for high speeds and octane boosters. All while flying down realistic streets with natural lighting, lifelike shadows, and reflection. You get the best graphics, high speeds, and tons of cool tricks.
Asphalt 8 delivers realistic crashes and extensive vehicle damage. You'll enjoy both arcade and multiplayer modes, and the career mode is solid too. Build a reputation and become the best racer.
You can also try Asphalt Overdrive, which is more of an endless racer. It isn't quite as fun, but still worth considering. We're still hearing about an Asphalt Shockwave game, but that might be what Asphalt 9 ended up becoming.
Those with an older device that can't play Asphalt 8 or 9, download Asphalt Nitro. It's made for budget devices. Another good option is a game called City Racer.