I love racing. Both in real life and game format, I simply can't get enough of it. As the years have rolled past, advancements in both hardware and in game design have left us with some really stunning choices. Great graphics, intuitive and easy to use control systems, racing fans have some great choices on iOS. Here's some of the best.
Real Racing 3
Folks are likely sick of me talking about this game by now, but I really can't get enough of it. Not including the in-app purchases — which frankly, could have been handled a lot better — I can't fault anything else about this great game.
Great graphics, real cars, real tracks, and extremely well implemented controls that work great for the touchscreen leave Real Racing 3 sitting atop the pile. And, it keeps getting updated pretty regularly with new cars, circuits and challenges, so there's plenty of life to be had from it. As a racing junkie, this is about as good as it gets right now.
- Free - Download Now
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Without question, the best touchscreen controls in any racing game I have ever played. It's that good. Instead of touching on the left or right sides of the display to turn, Most Wanted has a steering wheel which you drag your thumb across. This means much more accurate turns, and in Most Wanted's case, accurate drifts.
It doesn't look to shabby either, with a great selection of real cars to choose from as you race while trying to out run the Feds. Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a more arcade style racer to something like Real Racing 3, so a very different experience. But still a great one all the same.
- $6.99 - Download Now
Asphalt 7: Heat
Asphalt 7 from Gameloft is an all out arcade racer, that combines past paced action with real cars and gorgeous graphics. 6 different game modes take you to exotic locations around the globe like Hawaii, Rio, Miami, and er, London. Some of the worlds most prestigious brands are here like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, and you can take on up to 5 other people either locally or via online multiplayer. Until Asphalt 8 drops, this is definitely Gameloft's finest racer.
- $0.99 - Download Now
Colin McRae Rally
The rally game that started it all is now available on iOS. Before the Dirt series of rally games, came Colin McRae Rally, named after the late, great World Rally Champion. By modern standards the graphics are lacking, but the game has been retuned for the smaller, touchscreen environment. It hasn't been around all that long, but for anyone who played this on a console back in the day, or even just rally fans in general, you can't go wrong with Colin McRae Rally
- $4.99 - Download Now
CSR Racing is about as close to being in a Fast and Furious movie as you can get on your iOS device. It's full on, straight up drag racing, with a whole bunch of officially licensed cars including Audi's R8. Climb the ranks, upgrade your car, beat the bosses and own the streets. Going fast in a straight line can be fun too. CSR Racing is a little like Real Racing 3 in that it operates a freemium model, but at least that means you can take it for a test drive without handing over the green.
- Free - Download Now
So, those are my picks, covering a whole variety of racing styles. I love to find new titles though, so if you're playing one that you're particularly enjoying, let me know about it!