Best iPhone games: driving

The best iPhone apps are often the games. It's probably the largest category in the App Store and they're the one's that seem to come and go on our handsets more frequently than any others as in turn each is downloaded, mastered and discarded. The bottom line is that you're going to need a lot of them, which is why we at Pocket-lint have compiled a list of what we think are the very best iPhone games.

Naturally, that list is absolutely enormous so today is the turn of the best iPhone driving games. If it's got wheels and goes on your phone, then you'll find it here.

Mini Motor

Mini Motor is a familiar kind of game. It’s a top-down, non-realistic, lap racer with all the usual power-ups, car upgrades and track, cup and vehicle unlocks. A quick glance at all the padlocks on the menus is a good sign that there’s plenty of gameplay to get through; certainly enough for your £1.50 outlay or thereabouts, anyway. What’s also interesting to note is that, even though there is an iPad-friendly HD version, it actually plays just as well on a smartphone.

Generally the game is pretty standard fare. You choose your car, you choose your track, you get behind the wheel and you get racing but, what really sets Mini Motor apart - and, ultimately, makes it worth downloading - is the stunning graphics and smooth way that the game is put together. It’s a treat to watch each menu roll seamlessly into the next and, once you get driving, it’s as much a pleasure to enjoy the sights and sounds of the environments as it is to screech, skid, boost and bump your way around the bends. Read more

iTunes: Link

Price: £1.49

Rating: 4/5

 

Zombie Highway

Developed by Renderpaz, this game consists of driving down said zombie highway while dodging, and using, various upturned cars and lorries to knock zombies (who leap from the side of the road) off your car. Fortunately, there is a decent array of weapons as well, so you can mete out justice the good ol' fashioned way - with a shotgun. 

There are three levels - Clasic, No Weapons and Hard - to keep you busy and a good variety of zombies on offer with varying degrees of toughness. Get as far down the highway as possible to earn weapons and be awarded with either the gold, silver or bronze award. A great game. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: 69p

Rating: 4/5

 

Shine Runner

“Yeeeeehaaaw!!!” is the common parlance one might use to describe the fun you get out of playing Shine Runner. The shine referred to in the game's title is moonshine, essentially, and the running it is where you and your thumbs come in. You play some nameless, faceless hero of a sort in the Deep South. Your job is to drive one of those swamp, fan-powered, hovercraft things - as made world famous by the series Gentle Ben - from A to B around a basic map delivering and picking up cargo at each stop.

The other side of the experience is the buying and selling of the commodities, which fluctuate in price, at each stop and doing your best to make as much cash as possible. In a way, it’s rather like a very rudimentary, redneck version of Elite. However you want to think of Shine Runner though, what’s very clear is that it’s an absolute treat for anyone to play. We’re not convinced that the lasting appeal will hold any longer than a few weeks but it’s well worth it all the same.

iTunes: Link

Price: 69p

Rating: 4/5

 

Cars & Guns 3D

Cars and Guns 3D does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, minus the 3D. It's a cardboard cut-out, PaRappa the Rapper-look, road rage racer where you can buy and sell vehicles as you complete different types of missions and buy tune-ups along the way. Get a little bit further into the adventure and one of those optional extras you can pick up turns out to be guns.

The cars obviously handle very differently from one another, with a more expensive model not necessarily guaranteed to bring you better results, but it's probably the on-screen touch controls that unintentionally add a little extra. The lack of polish doesn't take anything away from this title though and it's possibly not the easiest app to use on the back of the bus but certainly well worth your 69p. Read more

iTunes: Link

Price: 69p

Rating: 4/5

 

Real Racing 2

Real Racing has long been the smartphone's answer to Gran Turismo. It has pushed the graphical prowess of whatever platform it has appeared on. Now it's the iPhone 4S's turn to get some Real Racing action, in the form of Real Racing 2 which underwent quite a significant update for the handset's launch. This game is graphically a stunner and the racing feels quite simply well ... real. The iPhone 4S version benefits from an enhanced lighting engine and improved textures as well as the ability to run the game at 720p on a television via AirPlay. You can also go split screen against another three different players. 

You race against a different array of cars, initially small hot hatches but later on full-blown supercars and racers. As the game goes on you get the ability to upgrade various aspects of your car, including things like suspension and the engine itself. The online multiplayer function takes place seamlessly within the app and consists of up to 16 players racing at once. Nothing like that exists on iOS and it is quite a thing to manage on just a smartphone. Real Racing 2 is the gaming app you want to download if you own an iPhone 4S, it plays great, looks great and the best bit about it, costs just £2.99. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: £2.99

Rating: 5/5

 

Bike Baron

Put together, effectively, by a super group of developers, Bike Baron has been much anticipated and is a side-scrolling, platform style trial bike racer game. There's only four buttons you need to press - lean left, lean right, go and stop - and we're very pleased that the developers have resisted the urge to add gyroscopic controls into the mix. Waggling your arms around when on the Tube is not a way of a) remaining inconspicuous, or b) making friends. Old-fashioned controls for old fashioned gamers, and we're happy with that (although you can set whether you're right or left-handed).

Even the game progression is simple, relying on the tried and trusted "earn up to three stars" level method. Stars can be earned through finishing the course in a set time, collecting coins, and even the amount of back or front flips you manage along the way. But added to this format is the way you unlock the next level. Each unlock costs a certain amount of stars, so, unless you do particularly well, you may find yourself running out, and thus having to go back to a stage you hadn't completed in full. Say goodbye to your free time. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: 69p

Rating: 4/5

 

Stickman BMX

This sequel to the popular Stickman Skater brings plenty of elements from the original and repackages them with the BMX. Launched in July, the game gets a re-engineered physics engine and just enough of a variety of obstacles and locations to be worth the download. Controls are simple in the extreme, with two responsive buttons on either side of the screen controlling pedalling and jumping. And it's basically a case of pressing these controls at the right time in order to progress through the levels.

Graphics are okay, but not fantastic and the soundtrack and SFX can become a little annoying. However the true joy with this game is its old-fashioned take on level design. By this we mean that everything is blissfully predictable. You'll come across the same car moving towards you at precisely the same point and aerial threats will dive at you in a similarly consistent way. Once completed there's extra in-app content to be had in the form of Race the Ace, which brings another 30 levels, and Skateboard which gives you the option to skate around all the new levels. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: 69p

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

The premise of the game is simple - you control Sonic or one of his pals (or foes) around a series of tracks, drifting boosting and weapon-using along the way. It's a bit like that other franchise karting came that you're probably already familiar with - you know, Shrek Kart. You kick off proceedings by creating your Sega Driving Licence and choosing a game face, then you're off straight into the tutorial. It's all fairly

straightforward if you've played  this kind of racing sim before - although the graphics are above and beyond what we've seen from its small screen rivals in the past.

After the tutorial you have a plethora of single player and multi-player options. In single player there are three GP stages to compete in (with three difficulty levels), speed trials, single races or missions, of which there are 25. These include coin chases, accuracy tests and the like - all the while you're collecting Sega Miles to unlock further characters and courses. This game is far superior to the racing game that Sonic first appeared in, back in 1991, and probably around the price of three or four goes on that arcade classic. Read more

iTunes: Link

Price: £1.49

Rating: 5/5

 

F-SIM Space Shuttle

F-SIM Space Shuttle gives you the chance to take command of Atlantis and pilot it safely to the runway at John F. Kennedy Space Center or Edwards Air Force Base. Once landed, you can even watch a replay of your flight from various perspectives such as the runway and the control tower, as well as from the orbiter itself. Flying the shuttle from a 3D virtual cockpit, you can choose to use accelerometer controls, using tilt control and or make use of the touchscreen and opt for the analogue stick control. Either works well, although the tilt control possibly gives you a better idea of the real thing.

If you're not used to flight simulators, it's quite tricky to get the hang of, but that just makes it all the more addictive. The excellent graphics really add to the realism (well, it's as realistic as landing a space shuttle using your mobile phone can be) and if you get really good at it then you'll be awarded a "perfect landing" score and tested further with additional turbulence and simulated system failures. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: £2.49

Rating: 3/5

 

Rubik's Race

Rubik's Race is just like the Rubik's Cube game that you're more than likely familiar with - albeit on a flat surface where the coloured squares slide into empty spaces in order to complete the objective. A real life example can be bought from Play.com for around £15.

There are three versions of the game. First up is the Arcade mode where you do battle with a series of puzzles collecting bonus items (swap tiles, delete tiles and so on) as you progress. Beware of the pitfalls though - these are your anti-bonus items such as turning off the colour or freezing the tiles. You're battling against the clock as well, so the latter is particularly annoying.

Time attack is a flat out assault against the clock, and the amount of moves that you make, in a series of 9 tile challenges, and there is also a two player pass and play mode as well, which runs along the same lines. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: £1.49

Rating: 3/5

 

Burnout Crash

If you've ever played any of the Burnout games, Burnout Crash will make some sense. Its premise is based on the Crash element in the console games, and here it is the main focus. Crash into a car, and then spend the next 90 seconds, or whatever the goal is, trying to continue that crash going to rack up the points.

Each level has three game types; Rush Hour, Pile Up, and Road Block, all with different goals. Each area also has three difficult levels to it and there are six different locations. At £2.99 it's a bit rich, however it is published by EA so it is bound to go on sale at some point in the near future, and when it does it will probably be worth a go. Yes it has Origin and Game Center support too. Read More

iTunesLink

Price: £2.99

Rating: 3/5

 

Asphalt 6: Adrenalin

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline has been completely rebuilt from the ground up (no pun intended). It has a brand new graphics engine, and there are several modes and styles of play that haven't appeared in any of its prequels.

For starters, the garage, which can contain up to 42 cars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and more, can be wandered through as a 3D environment. Then there's new crash physics and graphics that make you wince everytime you hit oncoming traffic.

 

However, the most satisfying change implemented for Adrenaline, is in its speed. The game zips along a fair old pace and, considering that Asphalt 5 was already super speedy, you can only imagine the effect that ramping it up has on the action. Certainly, when you eliminate rivals in Burnout style (by ramming them off the road), there's a sense of white knuckled aggression about it that only comes with pure acceleration. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: £2.99

Rating: 3/5

 

Reckless Racing 2

The original Reckless Racing was a straightforward piece of smartphone gaming addictiveness. Based loosely on Radical Racing, a retro classic, it is a top down racer with an emphasis on drifting and crashing. 

Reckless Racing 2 sees the series return to form in a much improved guise. In depth car customisation, loads of new tracks, improved graphics and an even better drifting setup, reckless racing 2 is one of our favourite gaming apps on the iPhone.

Graphically RR2 is a bit of a stunner. It boasts big, bold, bright colours and car models which look nearly as good as that of Real Racing's. The top-down view also lets you get a good view of all the on screen action as you bash around the track. 

The game is a very simple one at its core. Just go forwards and back, drifting around corners as quickly as you can. You will find you pick up gold in most of the early races doing just the above. Later on however and you are going to need to go into all sorts of customisation in order to build a car quick enough to take the win. Read More

iTunesLink

Price: £2.99

Rating: 4/5

Any other iPhone driving games we have missed? Let us know in the comments below ...