As a kid you must have tried one of those racing video games which were based on anything from real-world racing leagues to entirely fantastical settings. In general, they can be distributed along a spectrum anywhere between hardcore simulations, and simpler arcade racing games. Arcade style racing games put fun and a fast-paced experience above all else, as cars usually compete in unique ways. A key feature of arcade-style racers that specifically distinguishes them from simulation racers is their far more liberal physics. Whereas in real racing and subsequently, the simulation equivalents the driver must reduce their speed significantly to take most turns, arcade-style racing games generally encourage the player to “powerslide” the car to allow the player to keep up their speed by drifting through a turn.
Collisions with other racers, track obstacles, or traffic vehicles is usually much more exaggerated than simulation racers as well. For the most part, arcade-style racers simply remove the precision and rigor required from the simulation experience and focus strictly on the racing element itself. They often license real cars and leagues, but are equally open to more exotic settings and vehicles.
Some arcade-style racing games increase the competition between racers by adding weapons that can be used against opponents to slow them down or otherwise impede their progress so they can be passed. This is a staple feature in kart racing games such as the Mario Kart series, but this kind of game mechanic also appears in standard, car-based racing games as well. Weapons can range from projectile attacks to traps as well as non-combative items like speed boosts. Weapon-based racing games include games such as Full Auto, Rumble Racing, and Blur.
Now your iPhone is as powerful as the machines in your dwindling local arcade, and you can enjoy superb 3D racers anywhere you like. Here check out the best rated five iPhone arcade racing games list.
It may have been made specifically for mobile platforms, but Asphalt 8: Airborne has the soul of a classic arcade cabinet. With so many awards in its cap it’s all about crazy airborne stunts and ridiculous power slides, and its gorgeous 3D visuals move along at a fair old lick. There are over 180 official speed machines like Ferrari, Ducati, Lamborghini, McLaren, Bugatti, Mercedes, Audi, Ford, Chevrolet and even bikes with stunning graphics to race in real-time multiplayer action for up to 12 opponents and dare your friends to ghost races and win big. This game app is free to download from app store for your iPhone and with in app purchases require iOS 8.0 and later iPhone device.
2. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed by SEGA
This game costs AU$5. 99 at iTunes and is arguably a kart racer above all else, but its core drift-happy mechanics will be familiar to anyone who’s played OutRun, Sega’s classic arcade racing series. This is a phenomenal conversion, packed full of varied courses, outlandish power-ups, and colourful characters. Stay ahead of the pack by dodging traps, firing missiles and, if all else fails, wreaking havoc with your All-Star moves! Whether racing on your own, or battling it out with friends, anything can happen in this crazy competition where winning is only part of the fun! This app requires iOS 3.1.2 or later iPhone device.
This app costs $4.99 at iTunes and is a game that expertly replicates the thrills of a console racing franchise with its roots firmly in the arcades. You can customize 40 unique cars here and evade a relentless police force while you clash with street racers. Race and chase hot cars like the SRT Viper GTS, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Hummer H1 Alpha, and many more. Feel the intensity of no-brakes-allowed street racing with realistic full-car damage for the first time on mobile. Requires iOS 8.0 and above iPhone device.
Costing AU$4.49 at iTunes this game is to eschew the usual zoomed in arcade racer viewpoint, you only need a minute with Reckless Racing 3 to realise its pure arcade genius. This is all about simple opposite-lock off-road pack racing. Play the career mode loaded with 60 events in 9 different seasons and the Arcade mode featuring 24 challenges, or compete on the online leaderboards in Single Event. Reckless Racing 3 has the most detailed physics and complex graphics so far, giving you the smoothest racing experience ever. Requires iOS 7.0 and above iPhone device.
5. Ridge Racer Slipstream by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
This is free game app at iTunes to download on your iPhone. No game series epitomises the arcade racer more than Ridge Racer, and Ridge Racer Slipstream is an astonishingly accomplished mobile take on Namco’s classic franchise. Somehow, the distinctively exaggerated RR slide system has made it through to iPhone intact, and the visuals are stunning too. With in app purchases it offers 12 powerful machines speed you to victory with real time multiplayer experience and challenges to beat your Facebook friends.