Are you as excited as we assume you to be? The need to have that adrenaline rush and pedal down on the throttle and brakes is always ingrained. But we all can’t always have that extra cash to get ourselves the shining piece of steel, so we do it our way – getting a racing game on our phones. This gives us the thrill and excitement that we crave in the real racing situation.

True, it is not all the racing games that are worth it, but sure enough, the ones listed here are top-notch. There are free ones, which will increase the thrill, and there are paid ones, which promise to be worth every cent. Racing games are the first set of games to overcome the unavailability of physical buttons on smartphones, which makes it be more popular than most other genres of games.

Here are the top 5 racing games that’ll give you that pulse – racing actions:

#1. Asphalt 9: Legends

Except maybe you live under a rock, you must have heard about Gameloft – yes, the most popular game developer! And you must have heard about the Asphalt series – coming way back from Java and Symbian phones days. Well, Gameloft had given us a new game under the Asphalt series – The Asphalt 9: Legends.

It provides top-notch gameplay, where you can work your way through the career mode. You can unlock new cars, or upgrade the one you have. With a wide variety of vehicles, which include Porsche and Ferrari, you can race against online opponents in an eight-car race. The career mode covers up to about 60 seasons, featuring over 800 events, either weekly or monthly, and you can also play in online PvP races.

The Asphalt 9 is available for download on the game’s official website.

#2. Real Racing 3

This is another game that is bound to give you the thrill of racing. Designed by another top gaming brand, Electronic Arts – the game lives up to its hype. With exciting graphics and more realistic gameplay - it offers real motorsport championships and brings about that real race atmosphere.

It features over a hundred cars from different manufacturers, with varying modes of game, which include a real-time multiplayer mode. Recent upgrades have added Australian Supercar and NASCAR challenges. It also features 20 different tracks, including Brands Hatch and Spa Francorchamps, in scary lifelike details.

The Real Racing 3 is available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices.

#3. CSR Racing 2

This is another exciting game to kill boredom. It is a drag racing game where you only have to buy cars with upgrades, then start your racing. The gameplay is simple – no worries about steering; all you have to do is to time your gear changing perfectly. When indicators tell you to, and your timing of the shift is right, your car is upgraded. Winning a race is similar to most racing games; get across the finishing line before your opponents.

You can customize your car to your taste with a different combination of paints and décor options. Aside from upgrading your car, you can add nitro oxide, and there is a wide range of online competitions that you can take part in.

The CSR Racing 2 is available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices.

#4. Horizon Chase

This is the first paid game on the list. Horizon Chase is a retro-style racing game, with gameplay to remind us of the classic 80s arcade racer – Pole Position. It features over 70 tracks running through about 32 cities. You start each race as the last in a line of 20 cars and must try to get past your opponents to win. As you win, you get more upgrades and unlock more cars.

The free version offers a demo where you are allowed to try out a few tracks for free, and the paid version costs only $2.99. The developers are working on adding more events to the gameplay, and this, we hope, should get the gamer more excited. The most thrilling part of this game is that it supports Android TV, NVIDIA Shield TV support, and several other game controllers. You can also play in the online multiplayer mode too.

The Horizon Chase is available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices.

#5. Motorsport Manager Mobile 3

Maybe you’ve been dreaming of being Christian Horner or Toto Wolff, now is your chance. The game is actually a racing simulator, technically speaking, but it does have some actual racing mechanics too. As the name implies, you are to take charge of your own racing team in the game. You start with a make-believe racing team, hire employees, and upgrade your business. You also get to make your cars better while winning a lot of races and events. You also have to train your racers to perform better in races while planning all your pit stops.

Motorsport Manager 3 also features an Augmented Reality option, which allows you to get a full view of the entire race environment in full 3D. Unfortunately, it does not come free, but the good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to buy it. Motorsport Manager 3 only costs $3.99, but with some in-app purchases.

The Motorsport Manager Mobile 3 is available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we sure hope that if you want to turn your Android phones to a heart-pumping, adrenaline-rushing racing device, you can count on our list to guide you with your choice. It is fair to say, though, that not all the games here are free. As it has been indicated in the description of the games, some are free with in-app purchases, while others are to be paid for before you can enjoy the full game play.

While we look forward to other exciting and interesting racing games in 2020, or maybe later in the year, feel free to try out any of the games mentioned above and see how thrilling they can eventually turn out to be.