Top 8 Best iPad Racing Games
There are so many Apps knocking around these days, and we know just how confusing it can be choosing only the best. That’s why we’re here, to pinpoint those iPhone and iPad Apps that are better suited to you. Here are the very best iPad racing games:
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | £1.19/$1.99 | v1.3.0
The strength of this top-down racer is that it offers a variety of control schemes, something most racing games are surprisingly reluctant to do. So, after having picked from the likes of Half- Wheel or Tank, you whizz around in another top-down racer that isn’t quite as punishing as Death Rally, but arguably more enjoyable.
The tracks are short and punchy, the career mode has plenty to unlock, and while there isn’t a lot of variety to the skidding and screeching, you don’t have to be a Lewis Hamilton to steer your way to victory in this one. The perfect combination of being engaging yet undemanding, even if it’s a bit repetitive.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.0.3
Essentially cops and robbers in racing form, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is the sexy choice. It looks great, is lightning fast, and makes you worry about how hard you’re gripping your iPad. Bonus points for the brilliant single and multiplayer modes.
It suffers from keeping the car-busting gadgets of the console versions involved, as with the game’s frantic pace, the controls can’t always keep up with the twists and turns. It’s fast and furious, and sometimes a little too much for the iPad to handle.
Ridge Racer Accelerated
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | Free | v1.1.1
It was inevitable that Ridge Racer would make the leap to iPad. What wasn’t so predictable was the cynical marketing classes it had attended on the way. This might be a free download, but it’s really an extended demo, expecting you to cough up more cash to unlock further tracks and cars.
It’s a shame, because the slick presentation and thumping techno remain intact, while the drifting will make driving instructors across the country sweat, but it’s not long before you’re crashing into barriers that demand further payments to progress. There’s a good game in there, but it’s shackled to cynical pay-to-unlock barriers.
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.2.76
Yes, it’s Shrek, and yes, it warrants its place here. Given that Mario Kart will never appear on anything outside of a Nintendo console, Gameloft has done the next best thing of taking that game, and swapping Shrek in for the Italian plumber.
It’s even more garishly coloured than Nintendo’s classic, but otherwise, it’s almost identical – complete with power-ups from pumpkin bombs to tornados, boost jumps, shortcuts and dramatic, last-second position changes before crossing the finish line. It might not be the most immediately appealing license, but this is definitely one of the stronger racers available. Perfect for all ages, this is as close to Mario Kart as you’ll see outside of Nintendo.
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | £3.99/$6.99 | v1.2.6
For all intents and purposes, this is Ridge Racer. It might have a different name, and include extra modes, but with the ridiculous drifting, the speed boosts and the slick arcade presentation, everything here nods towards Ridge Racer as a big influence.
It’s a good pick-up-and-play racer that doesn’t demand too much of your time per go, and is quick enough to get into, although there are plenty of cars and tracks to unlock if you do want to invest more time into it.
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | Free | v1.4
A top-down racer that places the emphasis on combat, Death Rally kicks off with a race that you’re not supposed to win as part of the story, and continues in that vein throughout. As you will find out, it lives up to its name – this is pretty tough. With a thumb-pad in the corner for steering and a button to fire, the controls are simple, but surviving is just as important as speeding your way through the course, and proves almost as tricky.
Still, it’s good fun, even if Remedy has cluttered the screen with more words during each race than anyone can actually take the time to read. Too cluttered and too tough for its own good, but this is still a thrilling ride. For those who want speed without needing skills, this is the racer you want.
Uber Racer 3D Sandstorm
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | £0.59/$0.99 | v1.3
The runt of the litter, Uber Racer is ugly. Blocky backgrounds, shocking pop-up and sludgy browns are on show as Mad Processor convinces us that post-apocalyptic Earth is horrible to look at. Mission accomplished.
What Uber Racer lacks in looks it makes up for in racing, pitting you against the clock in unique environments as you race through abandoned ships and crumbling ruins. It’s not the most exhilarating game you’ll ever play, but it does offer something different to everything else on these pages, and won’t hurt your bank balance either. Competent and offers something different, but it’s hard to get past the shocking visuals.
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Real Racing 2 HD
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | 5.99/$9.99 | v1.10
If Sony has Gran Turismo and Microsoft has Forza, then Apple has Real Racing 2 HD. The name’s not as catchy – you won’t gain any cool points for shortening it to Real – but as a racing simulator it’s every bit as comprehensive.
Firemint has squashed a huge career mode in here, alongside licensed cars, driving assists and options that include HDMI output for your TV and YouTube support. It looks incredible too, and the handling is far beyond anything else on these pages, making it one of iPad’s best games outright. The best racing game by far, and the standard for all others.