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Racing video games are where the player competes in time-based competitions to complete laps or courses ahead of other computer- and human-controlled opponents. This may be as a character who is running, in a vehicle or even in games where you have special powers to move quickly, jump long distances or even fly. Racing games are based on anything from real-world racing leagues to entirely fantastical settings. At one end there are simple kart racing Action games where the battling, short cuts and tricks are important. At the other end are high-Simulation games that take weeks and months to get good at and offer a nuanced driving experience.Some games fall into the Racing genre without offering an experience that, at first, looks like racing. These games obscure the race by placing the player in an unusual situation or with a strong Narrative. Other games double down on the Fighting element of play, so that bashing other vehicles is as important as hitting the perfect racing line.
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Ghost Bike is a racing adventure where you play the last of the magical couriers taking packages between the living and the dead. You explore the stylised world to compete in races, find bike parts and get your ghost bike in working order.
Release Date: 28/04/2017, updated in 2022
Out Now: Switch
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a go-kart racing game where you race against Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power-ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic but still requires skills to do well.
Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
The Crew 2 is the latest in a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled-down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played...
Release Date: 10/03/2011, updated in 2019
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Dobble (also called Spot It!) is a card game where you race other players to claim cards by spotting symbols. Each of the colourful cards has eight symbols, one of which always matches a symbol of another card. You race to spot the match, call it out...
Release Date: 14/09/2021
Out Now: Switch and Wii
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Cruis’n Blast is a brash over-the-top racing game based on a series of big arcade machines. Competing with games like Ridge Racer, OutRun and Daytona USA, it offers whacky racing with big and bombastic visuals and characters.
Release Date: 19/05/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Open World
Lego 2K Drive is an open-world racing game made out of Lego. There are races, as you'd expect, but you can also freely explore each of the worlds, collect parts and upgrade your cars. It stands out for updating the popular Lego destruction and...
Release Date: 01/01/2012, updated in 2020
Components: Cards, Dice, Figures and Tokens
Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative traversal game where teams try and escape an ancient temple before it collapses. You repeatedly roll dice to move from room to room, adding new tiles to the catacombs as you go. Play is against the...
Release Date: 10/12/2022
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
JellyCar Worlds is a puzzle game about a car made of jelly traversing a squishy world. You use the physics properties of the car and the objects in the world to get from A to B. It's an action puzzle game that stands out for the joyous novelty of a...
Release Date: 05/03/2021, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Circuit Superstars is a simple racing game viewed from above. Up to four players control a car and race around a complex track. You can see what's coming which makes it easier but must work with real car physics to get across the line first. What starts...
Release Date: 01/01/2016
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: Board, Cards and Figures
Flamme Rouge is a quick and tactical bike racing game. You control a team of two riders around the puzzle piece track to get to the finish first. The trick is using your endurance and sprinter rider cards to tactically use slipstream efficiently.
Coming Soon: PC
Rekt 2 is a stunt racing game where your car works like a skateboard. Play brings the previous game's fast action jumps, tricks and battles to 16-player online matches. It stands out for the simple joys of landing jumps and bumping other players off...
Release Date: 04/08/2020
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out, you have to control top-heavy...
Release Date: 01/01/2014, updated in 2018
Components: Board, Dice, Figures and Tokens
Camel Up is a crazy push-your-luck game where you bet on and influence camel races. Each turn you can move the camels, bet on which will win or place tokens to slow or speed things up. It's clever because it rewards players who make bets early and it's...
Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2017
Out Now: PS3, PS4 and PSP
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person
Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or supercars, this game lets you step into the world of the...
Release Date: 16/06/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Cards and Cartoon
Neon White is a fast tactical shooting game where you use Soul cards to gain special attacks and moves. You play an assassin handpicked from Hell to exterminate demons in Heaven to earn your place there. It's unusual because of its combination of...
Release Date: 20/08/2015, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Components: 3D Third-Person and Day and Night
Horizon Chase 2 is the latest game in the Horizon Chase series of arcade racing games with a focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo...
Release Date: 25/09/2018
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...
Release Date: 16/03/2018, updated in 2018
Out Now: GameCube, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Burnout Paradise is the latest game in the Burnout series, an over-the-top racing game where you’re encouraged to crash, bash and ram other cars. Throughout the series the bravado and crashing increase, but they all have the same novel core gameplay.
Release Date: 25/05/2010
Out Now: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
Blur is a four-player racing game with many Mario Kart-style features but with customisable real-model cars. The combination of such cars as the Dodge Viper, Ford Transit and Lotus Exige (to name a few) with weapons, stunts and power-ups is both unusual...
Release Date: 08/11/2019
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Need for Speed: Heat is an open-world racing game. Races during the day are legally sanctioned street competitions where you try to win cash prizes. Races at night are illegal races where you aim to build a reputation. When racing at night, you need to...
Release Date: 02/06/2009
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Fuel is an open-world racing game set in a Mad-Max-style post-apocalyptic United States. It was one of the first driving games to let you drive anywhere on the huge map without loading times. With a day-night cycle and weather, you can take all manner...
Release Date: 01/09/2022
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Disney Speedstorm is a kart racing game like Mario Kart but with high-speed Disney and Pixar-inspired characters and racetracks. It's also different as it's a free-to-play with in-game purchases provided in seasons that offer new characters, circuits...
Release Date: 10/03/2022
Chocobo GP is a racing game where fantasy characters compete to get around the circuits first. Each of the Chocobo characters (characters from Final Fantasy universe) has unique abilities and can equip Magicites items to delay or take out the...
Release Date: 28/05/2010
Out Now: Android and iOS
Anki Overdrive is a physical slot-car racing game you control with your smartphone. The cars are intelligent and follow the track so you can focus on steering them round the best racing line and triggering virtual weapons. Although discontinued,...
Release Date: 14/09/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: Day and Night, Open World and Weather
The Crew Motorfest is an open-world racing and exploration game. It's a sequel that takes 2018's The Crew 2 to a Hawaiian island you traverse with cars, trucks, boats, and planes. It stands out for the many ways to explore the...
Release Date: 05/05/2020
Out Now: PC and iOS
Forza Street is a simple racing game from the team behind Forza Motorsport. You race other players to earn and purchase a lineup of high-powered cars. Races are quick and focus on the cinematic rather than realism.
Release Date: 12/07/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Tectonic is a timed single-car racing game. It starts out as an ordinary race through an American city, but soon develops into an exciting experience as you drive through the city while it is being wrecked by an earthquake. Buildings fall all around you...
Release Date: 16/07/2019, updated in 2019
Ommy Kart is a single player racing game. Race around Starfish Island as either Ommy, Frederick Fox, Artio, or Stanley the Bear. Try to beat the computer-controlled drivers to the finish line. You can collect offensive and defensive items along the way,...
SPGP Super Polygon Grand Prix is an arcade racing game based on classic 90's games like Virtua Racing. Play is all about having quick reactions and finding the perfect racing line. It stands out not only for recreating a classic game style but also for...
Release Date: 16/08/2017
Data Wing is a racing game where you guide an arrow through courses, race opponents, and aim for the fastest lap times. Using simple yet nuanced controls, you expertly navigate each track, gaining boosts by thrusting away from the walls and perfecting...
Coming Soon: PC and Switch
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Pixels
Victory Heat Rally is a frantically fast racing game, like arcade-style experience but with modern features and twists. Visually similar to Power Drift and the older Mario Kart games, but you can upgrade your car...
Release Date: 16/10/2020
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a kart racing game with a difference - You play on the Switch but use it to control a real-life Mario Kart that races around the floor of your living room. You see the race from the view of the car beamed back to the...
Release Date: 09/11/2020
Race with Ryan is a kart racing game starring Ryan from the Ryan’s World YouTube channel. Along with the racing you need to collect the Mystery Eggs scattered across each track. Each one then gives you a power-up to help you win.
Release Date: 25/02/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Riders Republic is an extreme sports game where you can mountain bike, ski, snowboard, and fly in a wingsuit and rocket suit. This builds on other spot games with tens of online players competing at once in each event.
Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill-based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to...
Release Date: 13/06/2017
Out Now: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Cars 3: Driven to Win is a racing game based on the 2017 film. You take on different races in the world of Radiator Springs and other locations from the film. As you do, you meet the other cars, collect items and unlock new areas.
Release Date: 05/11/2021
Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...
Release Date: 15/05/2015, updated in 2017
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person and Persistant World
Crossout is an online vehicle combat game set in a Mad Max, post-apocalyptic world. Players design modular vehicles and combine weapons, armour and engines. As you progress in the game you earn currency to upgrade components and access more powerful...
Release Date: 23/02/2010
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad
Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks,...
Release Date: 10/09/2020
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Hotshot Racing is a simple and fast racing game where you have to drift around corners and hit the apex on razor-sharp bends in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments.