The racing genre is one of the most popular in all of mobile gaming, and there’s no wonder why. Racing games can be a pure adrenaline fest. Depending on how the game is put together, they can be completely realistic or completely out of the world. Some draw heavily on their console heritage, while others try to reinvent the category for touchscreen controls and shorter, mobile-friendly sessions. Here, we have compiled 5 of the best racing games out their to play in 2020.

Note: While compiling our recommendations, we’ve favoured newer iterations of realism-focused games with official licenses. However, there’s still plenty of room for legacy titles with timeless quality, and some of the classics which deserve recognition for their contribution for aiding the genre. So, if speed and competitiveness is your thing, here is our list of best racing games for Android and iOS.

GRID Autosport

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One of the best games launched in all of 2019, GRID Autosport brings home the console-quality racing to Android and iOS with no compromises in graphics or gameplay. With no IAPs, wait timers and currencies, the game is bound to offer you a premium experience.

With over 100 different cars to offer, and 100 circuits, from open-wheel and touring circuits to street drag races – the game is sure to keep you engaged for long. The game is focused on a single player experience, and you get to adjust difficulty level, and offers good amount of flexibility for touchscreen controls. Overall, the gameplay is more simulator than arcade, and is by far the best available for phones.

The price tag is a bit on the higher side, and it is very demanding in terms of the hardware, but the fact that you get a full feature packed PC game, it’s hard to complain about that. Hence, definitely worth your time and money.

CSR Racing 2

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Searching for a technical approach to racing rather than just auto accelerate, boost and steering? Well CSR Racing 2 is the perfect racing game for you.

CSR Racing 2 redefines what you thought possible in car racing games on your mobile device. Using outstanding 3D rendering techniques, it delivers hyper realistic drag racing with stunning visuals and rich customization. Your purchased cars roll off a truck into your garage-making this as close as you can get to owning an insanely expensive fleet of high-performance vehicles.

CSR features multiple modes driven by a story dominating around the drag racing circuit, online multiplayer challenges and a collection of over 200 classic as well as modern cars. The best part about this game is the amount of customization it offers. From nitrous boosts, tyre pressure, gear ratio and various paint decals- CSR Racing 2 has much more to offer.

Real Racing 3

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Real Racing 3 is the award-winning franchise that sets a new standard for mobile racing games. Giving credence to its name, Real racing 3 is among the most realistic and authentic racing games which is bound to keep the hardcore gearheads entertained. With more than 100 supercars and over 250 officially licensed cars, it also boasts crisp, realistic graphics and driving physics which will fully immerse you in the “real-racing” experience.

One of the innovative features here is the asynchronous multiplayer system. Instead of playing together with your friend, you can race their bot-which will behave just like the previous player did (and of course you can bump into the bot to affect their track time). Apart from that, numerous game modes-from time trials, straight up races, cross platform racing, to the unique Time Shift multiplayer mode offer plenty of challenge to the players. It looks fantastic, runs like a dream and offers considerable depth as you unlock and upgrade cars.

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Asphalt 9: Legends

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Carrying forward the legacy of the still awesome Asphalt 8 Airborne, Asphalt 9 is hands down one of the best mobile racing games out there. Asphalt 9: Legends features a top roster of real hypercars for you to drive that is unlike that found in any other game, from renowned car manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors. Featuring excellent graphics, solid mechanics, and details at every corner, it will literally blow you away with its over the top, high-octane experience.

With its new control mechanism called the TouchDrive, the gameplay is made considerably easier. Also, you can now perform a 360-degree turn in the middle of the game to gain a bit of that nitro juice, instead of slowing down for a drift. Completely skipping the pretention of realism, everything is a bit over the top in terms of how fast the cars can go, or the stunts they can perform. But this only makes the game super fun and addictive.

Need For Speed: No Limits

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NFS’ arrival was one of the most anticipated on Android, and with its adrenaline-pumping gameplay, it didn’t let down anyone. It is a familiar mix of street racing and strategic boosts, with quite an insignificant storyline – that NFS players are accustomed to.

Launch yourself between chaos and control as you hit the loud pedal and roll into underground car culture. With a total of 30 cars in the game, each one has their own customizable parts. It has simplistic controls, beautiful reflections, smoke and other not-so-realistic aspects that make the game irresistible. Your car is always in acceleration, which makes it much easier to navigate through winding roads.

A solid racing game with simple, intuitive controls, and an addictive gameplay, Need For Speed is definitely worth your time.

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Swetabh Srivastava

Swetabh Srivastava is the Co-founder & author at IrisGuardian. He's an avid tech enthusiast, having experience in the field of tech journalism for years. He now contributes his knowledge in various online platforms including IrisGuardian and most other social platforms. For most part, he's a writer by day and reader by night. When he's off work, you can find him sketching or reading novels of Stephen King on the go.