TiPb Top 5 iPhone Racing Games -- Second Annual Grand Prix!

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Today’s TiPb Top 5 will be directed towards our iPhone and iPod touch wielding readers who love racing games, and It's a follow up to last years TiPb Grand Prix. Just like our other TiPb’s top 5 must-have posts, all of these applications are available in the App Store. For the full overview, follow us after the break!

Real Racing

Real Racing

I am biased, this is without a doubt, my favorite iPhone racing game. If you like simulation-style handling in your racing games, you will love this game. There are no real cars (other than the Volkswagon GTI) or courses. However, the attention to detail in-car and on the track is the best you will see on the iPhone. Now, with a new lower price [$4.99 - iTunes Link], you can't go wrong with Real Racing!

  • 4 classes
  • 12 tracks
  • Local Multiplayer
  • Video replays on YouTube

Asphalt 5

Asphalt

Looking for a deep arcade racer on the iPhone? Look no further than Asphalt 5! There are plenty of "real" cars to choose from and lots of tracks. You can earn the ability to customize the look of your car too. The action is fast and pure arcade. The graphics have a "glow" to them, literally but are still good. Looking for an adrenalin rush, this is it! [$6.99 - iTunes Link]

  • Over 30 real-world cars
  • 12 tracks
  • 8 different racing events
  • Local Multiplayer

Rally Master Pro 3D

Rally

If you like the challenge of rally racing, then this is the only rally game to get in the app store! Plenty of cars and over 27 varied tracks! The controls seemed a little sluggish to be using the accelerometer, but I got used to them. Your car takes real-world damage as you drive (in one instance my hood flew off!) and you can repair your car in-between races. The weather simulation is great in the game too; rain and snow, and a voice navigator, it's all there! [$4.99 - iTunes Link]

  • Variety of game modes
  • 27 varied tracks
  • Weather enhancements
  • Online leaderboards

Need for Speed Undercover

NFS

NFSU was one of the first games to have "next-gen"graphics on the iPhone. These graphics still hold true today! There are some fun innovations to like a slo-mo bullet time and auto-acceleration. You have some nice customization features for your car from spoilers to ground effects, not to mention color and vinyl. There is also a storyline to keep things interesting! $4.99 - [iTunes Link]

  • 20 real cars
  • 8 race modes
  • Performance upgrades
  • Slow-motion effects

2XL ATV Offroad

ATVLooking for something different? ATV Offroad might be for you! smooth framerate and killer graphics make this one a keeper! The standout feature in this racing game is the ability to do tricks and achievements! Tricks can be done by tilting the device forward and backward while combining 6 preset stunt moves accessible on the screen. Couple this with some local Wi-Fi multiplayer and let the good times role! [$7.99 - iTunes Link]

  • 16 tracks
  • Career mode with achievements
  • 8 opponents on screen
  • Local Multiplayer

Conclusion

All of these game are great and well worth the price of admission. However, for what it has to offer, I have to go with Real Racing as my winner this year. I prefer the "real" style of racing. Though, it is not Gran Turismo, for a mobile game it is close enough for me. If this game was not available, second place would go to Asphalt 5. NFSU is close, but Asphalt ups the anti with its Burnout-like gameplay.

Winner: Real Racing

There you have it, TiPb’s Top 5 Racing Games and our 2009 Grand Prix Winner. Did we miss any of your favorites? Overlook any killer racers? Drop us a comment and let us know your list, and your winner!

Chad Garrett

Software trainer, blogger and mobile technology enthusiast living in the suburban Midwest.

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I have NFSU and I generally enjoy it, the only problem is that I can't pass one of the levels, whatever I do cops keep on busting me or breaking my car. After about 40-50 attempts I've lost all interest in it but I suspect EA doesn't give a damn - they've got their fiver, and that's it.

Frankly, I've tried a few, but I still likely the simplicity of CroMag Racing, the first iPhone racing game I bought. I can't explain its draw, other than to say that it's simple and fun, and that appeals to me.