Much to the dismay of handheld gaming console manufacturers, Apple’s App Store has ushered in a golden age for gaming, where more people than ever before have a quick and convenient way of buying all kinds games and other entertainment apps. But with over one million apps in the Store, finding the ones that are truly worth your time can be challenging to say the least. In this article we’ll take a look at five racing games ranging from the incredibly realistic to the utterly fun.
Real Racing 3
As its name suggests, Real Racing 3 is all about realism and indeed it does a very good job at it. With several control schemes and driving assists, the game aims to make it possible for gamers of all skills to have a good time playing. There are several game modes – a campaign mode, where you race against other players in time-shifted multiplayer events; an online mode, where you race against your friends and other real players in real time; special events, where you can win rare cars; and Time Trials that test your driving skill. In terms of graphics, the Real Racing 3 truly takes it to the next level as well. The game is free-to-play and it employs a premium currency for buying some cards, upgrades and customization.
You can get Real Racing 3 for Free on the App Store
GT Racing 2
GT Racing 2 is another game that tends to be realistic in the way the cars feel when driving. Although not as impressive as Real Racing 3, the game does hold its own in terms of gameplay and visuals. Two aspects that GT Racing 2 has really nailed are car damage and performance tuning – everything is very realistic and not as stunted as Real Racing 3. Like most modern games, GT Racing 2 is free-to-play with in-app purchases.
You can get GT Racing 2 for Free on the App Store
A departure from regular racers, CSR Racing is all about drag races. In fact you can’t even steer in the game – all you need to be concerned with is timing that next shift perfectly in order to beat the competition. While the graphics are great, the way the game is played makes you focus all of your attention on the speedometer and RPM gauge rather than the visuals. In terms of gameplay, you need to progress up to a certain point in the game when online matches become available. Like the other games we’ve touched upon, CSR Racing is a free-to-play game that employs ads and in-app purchases in the form of a premium currency.
You can get CSR Racing for Free on the App Store
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Even though Asphalt 8: Airborne features the same highly detailed and realistic graphics as Real Racing 3, its gameplay couldn’t be more different. This arcade-style racer is all about wild stunts and reckless driving. Throughout the tracks, you will find nitrous power-ups and jaw-dropping shortcuts that will get your car flying and your heart racing. If the other drivers are getting in your way, you can ram them off the road and knock them out. This even works in multiplayer against real people! Asphalt 8: Airborne is also free with ads and in-app purchases.
You can get Asphalt 8: Airborne for Free on the App Store
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
If you prefer kart racers, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has you covered. This colorful game is all about silly tracks and having fun with our favorite animated characters. To make things even more interesting, you will find various power-ups throughout the tracks that will help you beat the competition. But the really impressive part is that every car can transform into a boat and a plane, adding not one, but two new dimensions to kart racing. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is also free to play with in-app purchases.
You can get Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for Free on the App Store