Is it possible to generate a convincing sense of speed on a four-inch display? It might seem unlikely, but the App Store is bursting with an excellent and diverse array of racing games that beg to differ. Whether your tastes run toward arcade antics or simulation-style precision, or you prefer to loop in a cartoonish kart racer from time to time, we've got you covered with our picks for the 10 best iPhone racers available today. Heck, a couple of them don't even give you active control of your vehicle, but still deliver intriguing touchscreen tweaks on the genre. Whatever your speed needs, these zippy affairs are sure to satisfy.
One racing game alone isn't likely to sate genre fans, and a quick glance at the App Store reveals loads of seemingly stellar options, including simulation racers, arcade-centric affairs, and even top-down experiences that alter the typical behind-the-wheel (or bumper) perspective. Need a primer on what racers warrant a look? Here are the 10 iOS racing games that keep us coming back for more.
Wouldn’t it be great if every speeding ticket you’ve ever gotten added up to something cool? Colin McRae: DiRT 2, Feral Interactive’s Mac OS X port of the off-road racing game, tallies the results of your high-speed antics to open up new locations across a variety of event types, including Rally, Trailblazer, and Land Rush. You can even create a character to guide through a lengthy race career.
With a few exceptions, mascot kart racers are generally a phenomenon to approach with caution and trepidation. It may seem like fun when a well-loved company takes a bunch of their most beloved characters, outfits them with racing gear, special abilities, and weapons, and sends them on their merry way through a variety of themed tracks. But often these sorts of projects don’t reflect the same level of polish and care a fan might expect from Company X’s flagship titles themselves.
Not the case with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing...
If you're a fan of old 1970s car chase movies like Bullitt, then Driver: San Francisco should really be on your radar. It's essentially an interactive version of all those great scenes, and it's coming out for Mac OS X on August 30. We're not sure if the game will be as amazing as its inspiration, but it's pretty hard to imagine that we wont have a blast tearing up the streets of Mac|Life's hometown of San Francisco.
Most readers probably wont remember the original Death Rally PC game released way back in 1996. It was considered a fantastic combat racer back then, and we're happy to report that the remake for iOS is just as compelling.
When we reviewed Real Racing 2 HD, we knew an update was coming out, but it hit the same day our review did. The good news? Real Racing 2 HD got 5 stars, so the score literally couldn't improve. The even better news? The update has blessed it with spectacular-looking 1080p output support on the iPad 2.
Real Racing HD was the first real wow-inducing game at the original iPad launch, so it's fitting that the sequel serves the exact same purpose for the iPad 2. Though you can certainly play this grand simulation on the first iPad, owners of Apple's new tablet will see an extra sparkle to the robust visual upgrade, with sharp details popping out from the more vibrant backdrops and licensed cars, which uniformly replace the mostly generic lineup of the first game.
Whether your passion is outrunning the law, or busting perps in a nitrous-fueled cop car, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit has your fix. It's safe to say that just about everyone has fantasized about stepping on the gas to lead the cops on a 100 mile police chase, and Hot Pursuit offers an extremely fun adaptation of that fantasy.