Doesn’t it sometimes seem to you that just about every other Android game is now free? And doesn’t it also seem to you that developers have forgotten what free actually means? To them it means “free to download,” but to you it means “free to play.” It’s hard to consider a game to be truly free when it takes just a few minutes, or even seconds, for it to start showing in-app items, premium subscriptions, and other types of downloadable content down your throat. Without this content, games are often missing core features and levels, which is a surefire way how to ruin your enjoyment.
Best Free Android Racing Games
100% Free Games on Amazon Underground
To do something about this situation, Amazon has launched an Android app on August 26, 2015, through which people can download and play popular games with all in-app items without having to spend a single cent.
How is this possible, and why would app developers agree to this? Because it’s not you who’s paying them—it’s Amazon. Game developers earn money for every minute you spend playing their games. Amazon, in turn, generates their revenue from in-game ads.
This model has proven to be hugely successful among children and casual gamers—two groups for whom even relatively small payments are often prohibitive. According to Amazon, their “Actually Free” marketplace is here to stay, so you have no reason why you shouldn’t give it a go with our top 5 list of best racing games for Android on Amazon Underground.
Real Racing 3
Developed by Firemonkeys Studios and published by Electronic Arts, Real Racing 3 is widely considered to be the benchmark of graphical fidelity on mobile. It also doesn’t hurt that the game is genuinely fun to play.
Keep in mind that this is a high-end game, and a high-end smartphone or tablet is a must. Once you have the 1.5 GB game installed, you can race against AI opponents or real players on 17 real tracks behind the wheel of more than 140 iconic vehicles. Each car in the game uses a different handling model, which corresponds to how the car handles in real life.
Real Racing 3 is perfect for short bursts of gameplay while you’re waiting for a bus, but it’s complex career mode and a seemingly endless sea of challenges and events should keep even the most dedicated gamers busy for a while.
Riptide GP: Renegade
The original Riptide had you racing through twisting canals and rivers set amid futuristic cities and mysterious research facilities. The latest entry in the series ups the ante with armored hydrojets and death- and gravity-defying stunts.
This thrilling racing game gradually introduces new gameplay mechanics, vehicles, characters, and customization features as you progress in the single-player career mode. Once your skills are good enough, you can challenge other players in 8-player online multiplayer or 4-player local split-screen matches.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
If you like the graphical fidelity of Real Racing 3 but don’t care much about the realistic handling model, then, perhaps, Asphalt 8: Airborne is the right game for you. Gameloft has created an embodiment of arcade racing fun, and they even got licenses for more than 140 supercars from Bugatti, Audi, Ferrari, McLaren, Chevrolet, and other car renowned manufacturers. Each car can be further customized with thousands of decals and performance upgrades so that your opponents don’t have to think twice who’s in the lead.
The content of the game is just as massive as its installation size. Hiding in those 1.8 GB that Asphalt 8 requires are hundreds of career events, 1,500 car mastery challenges, several unique game modes, and real-time multiplayer for up to 12 players.
Angry Birds Go!
Set on colorful Piggy Island, Angry Birds Go! is a fun racing game suitable for players of all ages. Race as your favorite Angry Birds character to earn rewards, upgrades, and racing prestige. Each track features a variety of challenges and hazards, giving you plenty of reasons to replay them over and over again until you master them.
If you enter a race every day, you get a chance to find a hidden gift box on the track. You can also compete in time-limited tournaments or real-time local multiplayer. Best of all, the developers are actively adding new content and releasing updates.
Hill Climb Racing
Who needs all three dimensions when you can have so much fun in just two? Hill Climb Racing features what is arguably the most addictive physics-based driving model ever made. Each vehicle—be it tank, truck, bike, or jeep—handles differently, and each track presents you with unique challenges and enticing rewards.
Unlike other games on this list, Hill Climb Racing is designed to run smoothly even on a potato smartphone. The game is not just about passing the finish line—it’s about mastering the obstacle courses and showing your friends and other players who’s the best.