For as long as most of us early gamers can remember, the racing genre has dominated the industry for all of the right reasons. Whether it is the competitiveness of the game and its design that makes it so engaging, or the rush of adrenaline you get every time you put the virtual pedal to the metal, there’s no denying that racing games are all the rage and have been so for decades now.
Now that we’ve moved closer to a future where mobile gaming can be just as good, if not better than mainstream gaming, there’s a lot more room to try out things. For instance, playing racing games is no longer limited to competing with virtual players, but now you can test yourself against real players, whether they’re online or in the same room as you.
Best Multiplayer Racing games for Android
From EA Games bringing the legendary Need for Speed series to Android to mobile game studios such as Gameloft heating up the scene, there are plenty of multiplayer racing games for Android that you can try out, and here are the ones worth your time.
Brought to you by Gameloft from a series of racing games that have defined the mobile genre, Asphalt Xtreme: Rally Racing is the latest addition to the club. Breaking the traditional asphalt tracks and taking you off-road, Asphalt Xtreme packs the exhilarating fun of cruising through sand dunes, ripping across deadly canyons, and drifting across the wet and dirty tracks to the finish line.
With a collection of hand-picked 50+ gargantuan vehicles from Monster Trucks and Buggies to Muscle and Rally cars, it is the real-time multiplayer feature of the game allowing 8 players to hook up in a single race at once that makes this high-powered racing game a cut-throat competition.
The same old controls and cars can soon wear you out when it comes to multiplayer racing games, which is why we especially like the futuristic angle Riptide GP: Renegade has taken. The future is all about powerful hydrojet racing, and you’re at the epicenter of all of it trying to become the best there is by pulling off incredible stunts, dodge the police and break the sound barrier with high-speed aquatic racing.
While the collectibles help you upgrade your hydrojet and unlock specials, what makes this racing game socially playable is the Online Multiplayer mode that helps you hook up with 8 other players either right in the room or anywhere online.
Considering that Gameloft Studios has been a driving force in the mobile industry for years, it is no surprise that the Asphalt series makes it to the list once more. Pushing the graphical capabilities of your smartphone to the absolute limit, Asphalt 8: Airborne twists the genre of racing games to bring out more than 220 different supercars, motorbikes, and all-terrain vehicles to spice things up.
This also includes some of the big names like Porsche, McLaren, Ferrari, and others among the choices. Apart from hooking up to 8 players in total for a real competitive race, you can make the battle long-term by joining Multiplayer Seasons and Leagues and make it to the top of the scorecard to win it all.
For most of us, the entire genre of racing games has been based on the Need for Speed franchise, and the fact that you get the same fuel-rage action on mobile makes it outlandish. While none of the NFS games come with the multiplayer feature on Android, EA Games has brought it to Real Racing 3, which is why you’ll hardly miss them.
It’s time to rule the racetrack and not just put the pedal to the metal, but break through the records with your experienced driving skills to conquer your opponents. With the ability to compete in more than a whopping 4,000 different racing events in single player mode, you can do a lot more with the competitive multiplayer mode, especially with the Time-Shifted Multiplayer feature that allows you to best your opponents even in earlier-played races.
While we know Cheetah Mobile mostly for their services like app locks and file managers, but it seems they’ve nailed it with a brilliant multiplayer racing game as well. SkidStorm is not too heavy on the graphics, which makes it perfect for those who don’t have a premium smartphone that can handle too much load, but what it does have is a great physics engine that offers smooth control and a topographical view of the racing track.
Here you get 24 different terrains to choose from and a modest 17 different cars with upgradable parts and customizable look. With the real-time multiplayer mode, you’re up against real players, so it is twice the fun than it is when you play against scripted bots, making it a challenging race every time.
For as long as most of us can remember, the Angry Birds franchise has been a constantly great game series on mobile devices, but with the Android Birds Go! game, casual gameplay becomes a lot more intense. It is time to pick the side of the Birds of the dirty Pigs and start a high-flying journey across the Piggy Island to reach the finish line first.
You get a multitude of racetracks to brush off your skills on, with stunts, off-road bits, and air courses along the way. From timely tournaments for you to prove your driving skills on a global level, to the ability to compete with other Angry Birds Go! players in the same room as you, competing has never been as colorfully fun.
This particular multiplayer racing game for Android may not come from a renowned gaming studio, but the fact that it is among the Editor’s Choice makes it good enough to get on the list. SUP Multiplayer Racing is all about the completion and coming out on the top as you jump over your opponents, drift across tight turns to get ahead on the 1st place, and even push the boosters to leave them behind in smokes.
With a wide range of options to choose from, pick yourself a Monster Trucks to intimidate other drivers, or a zippy Rally Car to drive pas them in fury. The multiplayer feature allows 3 players, in general, to compete against each other online, while the ability to create your very own racetracks with the level editor makes sure that you never grow tired of the same old roads.
Miss the old days of Mario Kart and simply don’t have enough friends for you to fire up the old Nintendo? Beach Buggy Racing will help you relive the nostalgia but with a series upgrade in terms of graphics and controls, as you shoot your way across 15 cool and unbelievably vibrant racing tracks that you’ll ever see.
Unlike most racing multiplayer games for Android, Beach Buggy Racing allows you to race as a team with your crew, where each of you can possess a special power to make sure that it is one of your guys who touches the checkered finish line first every time. With split-screen mode that allows 4 players to play locally, you can even set up a game night on the big screen with an added in-app purchase.
While the fact that this is among the select few racing games for Android that isn’t free to play out of the box, Mini Motor Racing players will vouch for the fact that it is among the best multiplayer games you’ll ever play on your phone. Easy on the hardware of your phone with light, yet beautiful graphics, you compete on more than 50 different tracks in different weather conditions that affect the gameplay directly.
With the ability to play with up to 4 friends online or even offline when on the same LAN connection, Mini Motor Racing allows you to choose the ride of your choice, from a hefty School Bus to a trailblazing Hot Rod that will leave your opponents in the dust, all of which is upgradable as you progress through the game.
Probably the most radically different racing game we’ve ever come across on the mobile platform, Crash of Cars changes the definition of winning since you have to literally destroy your opponents to get ahead. The maps may be limited to just 8 choices, but their intricate design and sheer size will keep you more than satisfied.
With more than 70+ unlockable vehicles that span across Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary categories, your goal is to collect as many crowns as possible before getting annihilated by your opponents. You also get to return the favor and destroy the competing cars by releasing the mighty flamethrower, firing up the cannon and so much more.
Are you ready to get your blood pumping and break off friendships (or create new rivalries) with these high-octane multiplayer racing games for Android? If you’ve got any other great title that you think should be on here, mention it in the comments below and we’ll be sure to review it.