Video game trends have come and gone and the audience has changed, there are some video game staples which have remained popular since the very start. One of these mainstays is the steering car games. Where you virtually drive a car to complete races and missions.
Driving a car makes you feel more independent and in charge. And when its virtual you can do things that you would otherwise only imagine in real. A hard foot on the gas and you are ready to steer your way through the city. Car driving games these days are a lot like the real ones, the steering wheel feedback and engine revs are almost identical to a physical car. On the graphics front, you may not be able to compare them but some demanding mobile games are too realistic to believe.
Most of these games are controlled with a steering wheel (that’s why they are called steering car games), a gearstick and pedals for acceleration and braking. Also, you get the options to turn on headlamps, indicators and blow the horn.
For most of the kids and teens being able to steer a car is absorbing. That is why we have crammed up this post with 5 extremely interesting steering car games which you can play on Android or iOS. These games are not hardware intense but do their job of pleasing your mind pretty much.
1. Dr Driving – Most Popular
Download over 100 million times with an average rating of 4.5, Dr Driving is the first steering car game to consider. The game has a simplistic design with a very intriguing gameplay. It gives you a first-person perspective – the ‘camera’ sitting behind the car as the player navigates it down the lane attempting not to hit the barriers at either side of the road. You can drive the car either with a steering or by tilting the phone.
Dr Driving has a garage section wherein you can tune the engine, change tires and increase brake power by using coins that you earn while completing a mission. Speaking of missions, the game has 9 different driving conditions which include Highway, Drift, Fuel, VIP Escort, Parking, Broken Brakes, Truck, Lane and Speed where with limited resources you have to steer your car to the destination. As the game progresses, the track becomes more complex and the game moves faster, making it more difficult for the player not to crash. Again, the game is controlled with a wheel, a pedal for acceleration, a pedal to brake and a gearstick.
Dr Driving 2, which is a sequel of this game offers improved graphics, new tracks and online multiplayer capability.
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Requirements: Android 4.0.3 or up, 10 MB of free internal storage.
2. Driving School 2016 – Best to Learn with Fun
Don’t yet judge the book by its cover, Driving School 2016 is all up to the minute with its most recent update aired in the first quarter of 2018. The game not only is fun it also teaches you the basic driving skills. The game through its missions teaches you how to start a car, shift gears with proper clutch engagement, right usage of hazard and turn indicator lights and all other requisites that come in the process of learning to drive a vehicle.
With Driving School 2016 you get the exact experience of a real car just that you are not in a real car. Quite like a simulator that Driving Schools near you teach you before putting you behind the wheel.
The game has you all sorts of features like four steering modes (Tilt, Left Right, Wheel and Real Clutch mode), multiplayer mode, free ride mode and career development mode. You can drive a car, bus or a truck in the game just that you have to unlock them using coins and progress through the game. It also keeps a record of the kilometres you have driven and achievements you have unlocked.
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Requirements: Android 4.1 or up, 31 MB internal storage
3. City Racing 3D – Modern with lots of Features
Sports cars that too with NOS always give an adrenaline rush. The feeling of getting pushed back onto the seats as soon as you step hard on the gas is crazy. City Racing 3D has got it all, Real Competition, Supercars, Easy controls, and a whole lot of racing modes. It gives you Asphalt-like experience in under 55 MB. The best part is that the game can be played over a WiFi network in the offline multiplayer mode with 8 other players. The car can be controlled by rotating the phone itself or using a steering wheel, there is no acceleration padel as the car is always speeding up on its own. City Racing 3D is offered by 3DGames, a popular developer team which has 14 games on PlayStore.
The only drawback as reported by some players on PlayStore is that the phone starts to hang and heat up after long sessions of races.
Rating: 4.6 of 5
Requirement: Android 4.0.3 and up, 51 MB internal storage
4. Extreme Car Driving Simulator – Realistic Graphics
Developed by AxesInMotion Racing, Extreme Car Driving Simulator boasts the best graphics and realistic effects like dents on a crash, tire smoke, and engine noise as you accelerate. You will find visual differences to your car as you crash it on walls or polls in the city. Each car in the game features ABS (Antilock Braking System), TC (Traction Control), and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme). If you want to feel how a real car would behave with and without them you can drive around the city with these features turned on or off individually. Cars in this game do not come with a steering wheel instead you get left/right buttons to manoeuvre the car. Extreme Car Driving Simulator offers two driving modes, Free Mode and Traffic Mode. In Free mode, as you drive through the city you may come across highlighted areas where you will find challenges to complete. Completing a challenge will unlock other cars.
Rating: 4.4 of 5
Requirements: Android 4.0 or up, 53 MB internal storage
5. Racing in City (Car Driving) – No other Match in Controls
Cruising through the suburban highways is a joy of its kind with “Racing in City”. Tilt your phone or use the steering wheel to drive 13 different vehicles which include 2 Hatchbacks, 9 sedans and 2 offroad SUVs. In addition, you can switch on/off auto speed option for eliminating the gas pedal.
With minimal on-screen options, you get a large viewport for a distraction-free riding experience. The sound effects of this game are top-notch add to that the wind swirls as you drive past any vehicle.
Want to drive through an urban or a rural city, nature or an industrial zone? “Riding in City” offers a jam-packed package of 5 different maps each with entirely different surroundings. But, you will have to unlock them through coins that you earn while building your career in 5 different modes including one-way, two-way traffic, free and time attack modes. You can tune your vehicle engine for each mode by customizing speed, brake distance, acceleration and steering values of each vehicle again at the cost of coins. In the end, you get to compare your driving skills with others around the world through the World Score Leaderboard.
Rating: 4.3 of 5
Requirements: Android 4.1 or up, 77 MB internal storage