Hit the track with these Kart-based Android racing games…
While we are not sure what the first true Kart Racing game was, everyone fondly remembers Mario Kart. That famous game spawned hundreds of copycats, including ones geared towards mobiles. Finding a good Kart Racer can be easier said than done however as the Play Store is running over with poor quality games.
It took a while to dig through all the less than stellar titles, but we have compiled a list of the 10 best Go Kart racing games for Android. There is a little something for everyone and the majority of our picks are free to download as well.
10 best Go Kart Games for your mobile devices.
1. Beach Buggy Blitz (free)
This is one of the older games on our list but a great one nonetheless. Beach Buggy Racing may imply that you’ll be racing across beaches filled with golden sands, but that isn’t necessarily the case. There will be plenty of sand, but you’ll also have to deal with Lava Monsters thanks to a hazardous volcano along with other types of beach-based beasties.
There are plenty of power-ups and upgrades to unlock along the way and more vehicles than you can shake a stick at. From monster trucks to buggies, they have you covered. There are numerous controls options as well including tilt, gamepads and touch-based controls. Like most games of this nature, Beach Buggy Blitz is free to download but you will have to deal with some in-app purchases.
2. Angry Birds Go! (free)
Rovio has jumped into different several genres since they released the original Angry Birds. It took a while for them to adopt Kart Racing, but we got a great game out of the company with Angry Birds Go! It is not your typical racing game, but it is the most polished and a lock for our best go kart racing games for Android list. We just hope you like birds…
Angry Birds Go! drops you onto Piggy Island where you’ll get to take on 3D tracks spanning a variety of locations. What’s more, you will be able to jump behind the wheel as your favorite feathered friends or those plump piggies. There are several modes of play with this one as well including Campaign, Tournament, Local Multiplayer and limited-time tournaments that offer up special goodies.
In terms of content, Angry Birds Go! Offers up more than most on our list but is also heavy on the in-app purchases. It’s not quite pay-to-play, but you will get hit with a lot of ads and options to buy items between stages.
3. Pac-Man Kart Rally (free)
Regardless of which decade you grew up in, you probably remember Pac-Man in some form. The Yellow pellet muncher has been around for ages and broke onto the mobile scene a few years ago. Pac-Man Kart Rally lets you burn rubber throughout Pacland, and it’s one fans of classic Capcom games are bound to enjoy for nostalgia alone.
Like the rest of the games on our list, Pac-Man Kart Rally is a racer with unlockable cars and power-ups a plenty. The more you race and are rewarded, the more options become available including some very familiar faces. Capcom has included several exclusive characters, so you don’t just have to play with Pac-Man and his ghostly gang. Dig Dug, The Fighter (Galaga) and others are present… if you can manage to unlock them.
Pac-Man Kart Rally isn’t the best looking racer on the market, but it is quite a bit of fun and free to download from Google Play. You will only get to try some of the game however as the rest is pay to play.
4. Turbo FAST (free)
PikPok is more well known for their quick-play games than racing titles. They bucked the trend with Turbo Fast, however, which is a Kart Racer based on the movie Turbo. It’s a slick looking game featuring an even slicker snail and the rest of the crew from the flick are included as well. If you want a racer with great graphics, look no further.
Turbo FAST offers gamers several different modes of play including a head-to-head mode that pits you against your pals. There are 13 race tracks to tear through and special events, challenges and dozens of cool mods for your shell.
5. Beach Buggy Racing (free)
If you enjoyed the original, we know you’ll dig Beach Buggy Racing. It’s the follow-up to Beach Buggy Blitz and while many things will feel familiar, quite a bit has changed. The new version looks and sounds better with upgraded graphics and killer background tracks. It still plays the same, but the controls do feel more responsive overall as do the buggies of which there are many.
Beach Buggy Racing offers up 15 tracks to race on set in different tropical locations. There are a whopping 6 modes of play as well, so there should be something for everyone. Leaderboards, achievements, upgrades and a slew of unlockables round things out for this one. It’s free to download, but some extras will require cash.
6. Garfield Kart Fast & Furry (free)
Themed games have become increasingly popular over the years, and the fat feline known as Garfield has several available in the Play Store. Garfield Kart Fast & Furry is a racing game featuring the gang from the classic comic strip. Depending on how you feel about the style, it could also be considered the best looking game on our list.
Whether you want a quick match or time trail, Fast & Furry can keep you busy and you’ll get multiplayer mode to boot. Challenges are a large part of the gameplay, but the real stars of the show are the cast. You’ll have the chance to race with 8 unlockable charters including Garfield, Jon, Liz, and Odie. Nermal is present as well, they couldn’t leave out the cutest cat in the world after all. It’s free to download, but there are some IAP’s present.
7. Go Kart Racing Game (free)
This one doesn’t have the flashiest name and you won’t get stunning 3D graphics either. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your time, however, especially if you appreciate games with a retro flair. The developers have given this one that vibe and taken a top-down approach to Go Kart racing.
This Go Kart Racing Game may look rather simplistic, but don’t let those looks fool you. Single Player mode offers up 8 track and 8 karts while race a friend pits you against others top marks on the track. All the usual bells & whistles are present when it comes to upgrades and options as well. It’s a whole lot of fun, simple to play, and free to download.
8. Tiki Kart 3D (free)
We don’t know why, but tropical islands and racing games go together like peanut butter and jelly. Tiki Kart 3D is the third title on our best Go Kart racing games for Android list to take the tropical approach and is also one of the wackier entries to make the cut. Needless to say, if you like Tiki statues, volcanoes, and sand… this one right up your ally.
By the numbers, Tiki Kart 3D offers up 15 tracks, 8 different karts and lots of crazy power-ups and boots. You’ll need them to avoid all the hazards the game throws your way and they also give you a means to destroy the competition. You can scoop up Arb Studios Tiki Kart 3D on Google Play for free.
9. VR Karts: Sprint (free)
This one will not be for everyone, but it is one you will want to download with haste if you have the proper VR headset. VR Karts: Sprint drops you into a virtual world where you can race against the computer or through an online multiplayer mode. It may be virtual in nature, but you will still get a degree of customization including a few weapons to blast your opponents.
We weren’t able to test this game out due to hardware limitations, but VR Karts is free to download if you want to give it a spin. It is geared to work on Cardboard-based setups and optimized for Daydream as well.
10. Kart Racing Ultimate Free (free)
Most of the Kart Racing games for Android on our list are cartoon-based when it comes to graphics. If that’s not your cup of tea, you will be thrilled with Kart Racing Ultimate Free from Dream-Up. The name says it all about this one, but the graphics show a realistic racer with an emphasis on 3D graphics and speed.
On that note, how good those graphics will look depends on your handset or slate, so this one may not run well on dated handsets. Looks aside, you can expect 20 tracks, a soundtrack by “Revenge” and quite a few ads.
Our list only covers a handful of solid kart racers on the Play Store although we feel like these are your best bet. Most also offer up an ample amount of play for free although there are a few that rely on in-app purchases more heavily than others. While none can quite stand up to the beloved Mario Kart, some come pretty close. If you feel like we missed one of your favorites, feel free to sound out in the comments below.