The Best No WiFi Required Offline Racing Games for the iPhone
An internet connection is nearly everywhere nowadays but that doesn’t mean we always want to be connected. Sometimes it’s just nice to shut off and have time away from the world without interruption. If you want a blast on a game during that time, why not? That’s why I put this list of the best no WiFi racing games for iPhone together.
Everyone loves a good racing game. They are fast, frenetic, great fun, and excise that part of me that couldn’t drive that fast on the road. Some of these apps do require a connection to set up and authenticate but offer the option for offline play.
Horizon Chase – World Tour
Horizon Chase – World Tour is one of the best racing games for the iPhone full stop. It has console-quality graphics, fast gameplay, a range of cars and tracks to unlock, and a colorful graphics palette that works well on a phone. It has been around for a while now but has been steadily improved in that time.
It does need a newer iPhone to get the best out of it but in return delivers solid racing with less of the rubber band style AI that you tend to get in lower quality racers. The app is $2.99 and contains in-app purchases.
Need For Speed: No Limits
Need For Speed: No Limits continues the brand’s racing pedigree with another solid no WiFi racing game for iPhone. It is available for Android and iPhone and delivers the quality, graphics, gameplay, and excitement you would expect from Need For Speed. Yes, it’s Electronic Arts but aside from that this game is excellent.
The UI is slick and navigation is good too. There is a huge range of customizations and unlocks and lots of tracks and events to try. The game says it requires a persistent connection to play but I have played this a lot without one and it worked fine. The app is free but contains in-app purchases.
Real Racing 3
Real Racing 3 is another EA title but slightly different from Need for Speed. This is more about track racing rather than street racing and has a different feel altogether. It’s a more realistic racer with better modeling, more realistic interiors, and cars but less environmental detail. Again, it requires a newer iPhone to get the best out of it but rewards that with great gameplay.
The navigation and game design are excellent and the tracks, events, and cars are all very well modeled and look authentic. While the tracks don’t offer the same level of interest as the streets in NFS, the racing action is such that it doesn’t matter. Again, the game says it requires a persistent connection but I play fine without. The app is free but contains in-app purchases.
Grid Autosport is a mobile version of an awesome PC game that I spent many hundreds of hours on. It’s a bit like Real Racing 3 in that’s it’s all about the track and the same level of detailing and racing action is on show here too. There are over a hundred cars and tracks to unlock, lots of events and the usual customization options to keep you occupied.
The design is very straightforward and makes it easy to get racing quickly. It’s a Codemasters game so the graphics, physics, and movement are all top class and the game performs well on a range of phones. The app costs $9.99 but gives you everything.
CSR Racing 2
CSR Racing 2 is a little different but no less entertaining. It’s still a no WiFi racing game for iPhone but it’s all about drag racing this time. There are no amazing tracks, no steering, drifting, or any of that good stuff. This game is all about setup and timing. Getting the car right, getting your reactions right, and timing everything to the millisecond.
That may not be the most enticing description but the game itself is very entertaining. The graphics and gameplay are good, the customization options are many and the ability to hone your skills is always there. It’s an excellent game if you’re after something a little different. The app is free but contains in-app purchases.
Motorsport Manager Mobile 3
Motorsport Manager Mobile 3 is different again as the title suggests. This time you’re a team manager that needs to hire drivers, mechanics, R&D, manage an HQ, develop technology, get sponsors, set up your cars for qualifying and racing, and a bunch of other tasks we never see on race day.
You don’t actually race in this game but you do everything else to enable your team to perform. It’s a slower game but incredibly deep and engaging. If you’re into minutiae and planning, this could be the game for you. The app is $3.99 and offers in-app purchases.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne is a free racing game available for download on iOS devices (and macOS too). With excellent graphics and a seamless response time, Asphalt 8 Airborne is one slightly unique from the others on our list because it’s a drifting game with a slight edge. The ‘Airborne’ in the name refers to your ability to do some pretty cool stunts on a number of street tracks.
Offline racing games are an excellent way to pass time no matter where you are. Not only can you save your cellular data, but you can also save battery life by putting your phone in Airplane Mode.
Those are some of the best no WiFi racing games for iPhone that I know of. Got any others to suggest? Tell us about them below if you do!