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The best car games 2024

Our guide to the best car games on Switch and mobile has all you need to put the pedal to the floor and accelerate into the distance.

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If you’re racing around trying to find a list of the best car games on Switch and mobile, it’s time to hit the brakes. We’ve picked out our favorite driving sims, so you can hit the open road without any delay. Just remember to wear your seatbelt.

So, what are you waiting for? Get reading and see all the car games out there. There are a lot, be warned. If you want some straight-up speed, we can help there too. Our guide to the best Switch racing games has all the big screen speed you need, or our guide to the best racing games on mobile gets you that thrill in a tiny little form factor.

Anyway, let’s get on with our list of the best car games on Switch and mobile

A police car chases down a sports car on a highway in one of the many car games Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered – Switch

Released in 2010, Criterion Games developed and EA published Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. It combines the gearheads’ love of exotic cars with hyper-fast police chases, with all those famous cars from the late noughties era available for you to add to your garage.

The trick here is, though, that you can be the chaser or the chase. Want to be a cop? Go ahead, but be warned, I will judge you. If not, go hop in a Lamborghini and give those feds a run for their money. And the Switch version is the remastered version, meaning it looks much better than the original.

A car jumps over a hill on a rally circuit, as the sun is just setting, in one of the many car games Art of rally.

Art of Rally – Switch

Art of Rally is a chill, gorgeous love letter to rallying. The developer Funselektor clearly has a deep love of gaming, having made Absolute Drift previously, but they always put a different spin on car games. It might not be what you expect in a car game, but it’s something special all the same.

With an obsession with the idea of flow, Art of Rally is about enjoying the ride, the pretty procedurally generated tracks, and getting into a groove nailing your racing line through every corner. This, combined with an soundtrack and hilarious car names (to get around licensing), Art of Rally is a novel take on the art of rallying.

Baby Rosalina drifts in a baby car around baby park looking like a big baby, in one of the many car games Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch

Well, of course, this is here on our list of car games. Have you played Mario Kart 8? The likelihood is you have, as the game has sold gangbusters. If you haven’t, however, it’s an easy recommendation, especially after some late content updates to bring more courses and characters to the game.

Kart racers have a long and legendary history, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe perfects that. Not only is there a bevy of kart customization, a massive roster of characters, and great, tricksy racing, but there’s also a whole heap of extra tracks on the way to make the game even better.

A yellow car parked in front of a sign that says "paradise" on a hill, akin to the Hollywood sign, in one of the many car games Burnout Paradise Remastered.

Burnout Paradise Remastered – Switch

Another classic remastered and put on Switch, Burnout Paradise was a groundbreaking open-world spin on car games back when it was released in 2008. Full of over-the-top crashes and high-speed action, the game puts you in fast cars and sends you racing around the city, picking up different challenges as and when you want to.

In-game, there are a load of cars, lots of customization, and endless fun for any car fanatic. That isn’t to mention the killer soundtrack, including Guns N’ Roses’ classic Paradise City, plus some LCD Soundsystem, Alice in Chains, and Killswitch Engage.

Crash zooms away in an underwater tunnel, in one of the many car game Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled – Switch

Another top-tier car racer, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled did something I never thought could happen – it made me like a Crash Bandicoot game. I do not like those games. Not one bit. My dislike for them makes me skeptical of anything Crash-adjacent. So I went into this game ready to hate. And guess what? I came out having a good time! That means it must have done something right.

Editors note: Ruby wants everyone to know that Pocket Tactics does not echo this sentiment, we all love Crash Bandicoot, but this is Ben’s list so he can say what he wants.

A hot wheels car drifts around a toy circuit in a whose with lots of books on the shelf, in one of the many car games Hot Wheels Unleashed

Hot Wheels Unleashed – Switch

Hot Wheels Unleashed set a new standard for what toys could look like in video games. It may have just been bested by Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, but it’s still a close second, with some incredibly well-designed mini-environments to discover at breakneck speed.

So, not only does it look beautiful, but the gameplay is excellent. Take a cavalcade of Hot Wheels classics and watch them loop around and drift through the wildest tracks. It’s the dream toy car game, letting you do what you’ve always wanted to with those little plastic things on wheels.

A person holds a Switch, showing the view from a camera on a real-life Mario kart, which is in from of them in a house, with kids playing behind it, from one of the many car games Mario Kart Live Home Circuit.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – Switch

Okay, there are a lot of games with cars in them, but how many games have cars with them? This may be the only one. Nintendo, in all their classic outside-the-box imagination, thought up a wild one with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.

What this game does is turn your Switch into a controller for the RC Mario Kart, lets you build tracks around your house, and then zoom through them via the camera on the kart, all without looking away from your Switch. Check out our Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit review to see what we thought.

A god''s view of a map, showing a river, some houses, and roads connecting them, in one of the many car games Mini Motorways.

Mini Motorways – Switch and mobile

Another game all about flow, Mini Motorways is a puzzle game that doubles up as an easy-mode city-planning excursion. It might be the least high-octane on our list of the best car games, but it’ll still put you under pressure. You have houses on a gorgeously simplistic map and have to build roads to connect all of them up in the most efficient way possible.

These aren’t imaginary locations, either. You can create new motorways in London, or find a way for traffic to flow in L.A. without the help of Elon Musk’s grand ideas. All of this, along with the chill-as-heck music creates a great space to hang out and get people connected.

A screen shows a bird's eye view of a racetrack, with cars and their times on the left, and two drivers and their stats on the right, in one of the many car games Motorsport Manager.

Motorsport Manager – Switch and mobile

For any spreadsheet fans out there, Motorsport Manager Mobile 3 is an absolute dream. Build up a team from scratch, hire drivers and mechanics, decide what aspects of the car development to focus on, and get out there and win some races.

It is a surprisingly deep simulation for a mobile title, and sure to get any motorhead’s motorsport meter way into the red in those high-octane high-pressure moments. Oh, and there’s also a version made specifically for the Nintendo Switch if you fancy that.

Screenshot of a car Link has made for car games guide entry Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Switch

Okay, so you might not think this makes our list of car games, but guess what? You can build a car in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom! Sure, it might be powered by rockets or fans, but if you want to traverse Hyrule behind the wheel – or control stick – of something sporty, just make it yourself and take a road trip out to Gerudo. For the same reason, TotK is also a contender on our list of the best plane games, and I won’t hear any argument against that.

If you do decide to head to Hyrule, allow us to add some gas to your tank with our guides to Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom koroksZelda: Tears of the Kingdom shrinesZelda: Tears of the Kingdom armorZelda: Tears of the Kingdom geoglyphsZelda: Tears of the Kingdom autobuild, and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom enemies.

Screenshot from What the Car? with the car on legs for best car games guide

What the Car? – mobile (Apple Arcade)

Okay, so you’re looking for something a little bit silly on our list of the best car games. Here you are: What the Car? This game, from the developers of What the Golf? answers a lot of important questions: What if a car had legs? What if a car was on two wheels? What if a car was a boat?

It’s as ridiculous as it sounds, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also challenging, engaging, and intelligently designed. Out of all the Apple Arcade games I’ve played, this might be my favorite, and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who’s looking for a break from the monotony of intense racing action without leaving the steering wheel behind.

Screenshot of Cruis'n Blast with two cars racing past a helicopter for best car games guide

Cruis’n Blast – Switch

If you long for the days of arcade racing games with wicked stunts and high-octane action, Cruis’n Blast might be the one for you. It’s got dinosaurs, attack helicopters, and plenty of other wacky things you’re not going to see in your tamer racing simulators. It even makes Mario Kart look a bit plain.

There’s no shortage of content here either, with just under 30 tracks to test yourself on in over 20 different cars. You can also invite your friends to take part in four-player multiplayer, provided you’re confident you can best them on the track.

Is that enough car games for you? It better be, because you’re not having any more. Nope, it’s bedtime, no more games. Stop it, you. Off you go. No, don’t answer back, go on, upstairs, off you go. Ugh alright… just one more, pick from my best open-world games list and then after that, it’s definitely bedtime. I mean it.