What are the best iPhone racing games?

Gameloft’s latest hit, Fast Five the Movie, ranks as one of the best iOS racing games we’ve seen. Its explosive graphics and high-octane gameplay replicate the feel of the testosterone-charged movie perfectly.

Whether it’s the best iOS driving game ever is open to question though, simply because there have already been some truly awesome racers released for the platform. Here’s a quick run-down of some of our favorites. Feel free to let us know what your best iPhone racing game is.

Fast Five the Movie: Official Game

Capturing the atmosphere of the movie perfectly, the official Fast Five game is an essential download for any fan. Just like the previous Fast & Furious iPhone game, Fast Five includes an engrossing story mode. Here you get to tear through the streets of some of the world’s most beautiful cities, completing missions and racking up cash to tune up your cars.

Fast Five

The highly cinematic Fast Five features hair-raising special effects and unique rewind mode – where you can rewind time a couple of seconds to give yourself another go at a particular maneuver.

Read our Fast Five the Movie review

Real Racing 2

As you can probably guess from the name, Real Racing 2 offers a much more authentic racing experience than the far-fetched Fast Five game. Real Racing 2 is like Gran Turismo for iOS, offering a challenging career mode where you work your way up from driving Volkswagen Golfs to McLaren MP4s.

Real Racing 2

Real Racing 2 is incredibly realistic for a mobile game, with damage modeling on the cars and impressively rendered tracks. In fact, it’s true-to-life qualities are also its downfall in a way. Cars need to be handled very precisely or you’ll find yourself losing it – just like in real life.

Read our Real Racing 2 review

Asphalt 5

Another popular Gameloft title, Asphalt 5 is like having an arcade racing machine in your pocket. You get to choose from more than 30 classic supercars, including Ferraris, Lamborghini’s and Audis, then race them around stunning locations around the world.

Asphalt 5

The colorful, HD graphics look great, and the impression of speed you get from Asphalt 5 is truly exhilarating. With eight different kinds of races available across 12 courses, this is a game you won’t get bored of.

Read our Asphalt 5 review

Reckless Racing

Reckless Racing is a top-down racer that puts the fun back into iPhone driving games. Set in a Hicksville backwater, your mission is to steer a beat-up old truck or car around a dirty track over a series of laps. It’s definitely a different vibe to the lavishness of the other iOS driving games mentioned here, but that’s what makes it so charming.

Reckless Racing

Though very small, the graphics in Reckless Racing are incredibly detailed. From the ripple of the rivers to the tracks your vehicle makes in the dirt, every aspect of the visuals is gorgeous. Controlling the game is fairly straightforward and there are four control systems to choose from.

Read our Reckless Racing review

Need for Speed Undercover

Just like Fast Five, NFS Undercover is set in the shady world of street racing. Of course, your mission is to infiltrate this world and make it your own, racing across different street courses in a series of challenges, from straight races to battles and cop takeouts.

Need for Speed Undercover

Need for Speed Undercover features 20 different cars, all of which can be tuned and customized to make them go faster and look nicer. We reckon that Fast Five is more enjoyable though, if only because the steering in NFS Undercover is a bit too sensitive. Also, the camera angle leans as you turn, which is a bit disorienting at 200MPH!

Read our Need for Speed Undercover review

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