Racing is one of the few game genres that is popular across platforms. A racing game on smartphone is comfortable to play as it is on a PC or console. What makes things exciting is the sheer variety that you get, be it for simulation or arcade gaming. On one side there are games which offer console-level complexity and visuals for serious gamers and on the other side there are games with modest graphics and small race tracks yet make for a perfect time killers for casual gamers. Here are some of the best racing games released on Android and iOS in 2016.
This is the first official F1 game to be released for mobile devices. Available on iOS and Android, the F1 game has been developed by Codemasters which has made no compromises in terms of graphics and quality to make the game compatible for devices with modest configuration. It looks as good as the console version, offers multiple control options, takes up over 2GB of storage and won’t slow down progress with in-app purchases. What makes the game even more special is the officially licensed F1 teams, players, racing circuits and cars available to players.
This is a unique racing game that takes the free style racing of the Asphalt series to newer heights. In addition to the in-air stunts and slow motion capture of the crashes and special moments, the new game brings in more elements which makes it fun and challenging. The player now has to put up with more dangers such as falling rocks from mountains, big boulders or a pit laying in the track. The racing track in itself is not very well defined which makes wavering away very common. Then graphics look as good as the Asphalt 8 but the file size is less than 1GB.
Riptide GP Renegade
In the genre dominated by car racing, the Riptide series brings variety and an element of freshness. The third iteration in the series, known as Riptide Renegade, is a visual upgrade over its predecessor. The background looks a lot more spectacular and special effects have been used to highlight special moments such as diving into water from great height or a stunt. The game offers more racing tracks on water, bigger selection of hydrojets (racing water boats used in the game) and improved in-game controls.
Re-Volt 3 is perfect for users who are into car racing but don’t have enough time or patience for a full-fledged racing game. Its graphics look ordinary compared to some of the other games in this list while race tracks are short and have fewer laps. But the game doesn’t lack options. The career mode, which is divided into 10 chapters, adds depth, while the in-game controls allow users to choose between on-screen buttons and the more intuitive tilt to steer controls. The game takes up 320MB after installation and works on the most basic smartphone.
Hill Climb Racing 2
This is not your typical racing game. Hill Climb Racing 2 brings a completely new perspective to the racing genre with its side-angle view and race tracks that are far from straight. The uneven terrain makes the game a lot more challenging than some of the best racing games we have seen. Over speeding isn’t always the solution to catching up with rivals, as it can topple your car backwards on a slope. The trick is to think about how the car would behave on a slope or a curve on a road and use the controls accordingly. The graphics look a lot more animated than its predecessor.