Racing on the iPad is fun. It’s much better than holding the iPhone with its tiny screen (relatively, of course). And secondly, if you got the iPad Mini, it’s even more fun because you can hold it for as long as you want without the device weighing you down.

There’s been no lull in the racing department for iOS devices. I guess a lot of new racing games keep getting added to the App Store almost everyday. It takes a little more than a few attempts to get hooked to a few racing games. Unless of course, it’s a game from this list of best racing games for the iPad and iPad Mini.

Dive right in and find out:

#1. Real Racing 3 for iPad

Real Racing fans are booing because EA made the game a freemium thing (which, I must say, kind of sucks) but technically, the game is as awesome as ever. The IAPs do hurt the game but you’ve got to admit that the game has an awesome spec to it. Real Racing 3 has already climbed to the top spot on the App Store in over 90 countries as of this writing.

Price: Free
Download Real Racing 3

#2. Need for Speed Most Wanted

Need for Speed Most Wanted iPad GameAt first, I was like “should I include this in the list?” Every list that goes by the name of ‘best ipad racing games’ has this and it would be too clichéd. But hey! This is NFS! Nothing beats NFS when it comes to top racing games and not including this would be the greatest offense towards the entire gaming fraternity. So here we are.

NFS gets exciting all the time. And yeah, it’s a pricey game but if you’re looking for a serious, no-holds-barred racing game, this is your one-stop solution.

Price: $4.99
Download Need for Speed Most Wanted

#3. Sky Gnomes

Sky Gnomes iPad GameI’ll admit this: I first noticed this game on the App Store only after TouchArcade mentioned it in one of their posts. And boy was I in for a surprise! But wait. There’s a shock too. If you’re fresh from the likes of NFS and GTRacing, you’re going to loathe the graphics for the first few minutes of the gameplay. Then, the adrenaline kicks in and you get caught in the turbulence. For a small little game, it’s outstanding.

Price: Free
Download Sky Gnomes

#4. Death Rally

Death Rally iPad GameHold on. The recent update kind of kills the distraction-less, pure gameplay because the developers – for whatever reason – decided to put ads on the game. (Yeah, it’s a paid game with ads!). But all hell breaks loose in this ‘Death Race’ style game where ‘not trick is too dirty.’ Death Rally is harsh and quite violent if you take the game by its horns. But still, for those looking for some terrific action in a racing game, Death Rally fits the bill.

Price: $0.99 (lots of in-app purchases)
Download Death Rally

#5. Reckless Racing 2

Reckless Racing 2 iPad GameThis is one of the finest games that you can actually have the satisfaction of conquering even if you’re not a full-time gamer on the iPad. Reckless Racing 2 features some amazing tracks, a lot of characters, and online leaderboards and multiplayer options.

Price: $1.99
Download Reckless Racing 2

#6. GTRacing Motor Academy

GT Racing Motor Academy iPad GameWhat happens when you decide to quit ‘testing’ and settle down with a popular game that’s sure to provide hours of fun and possibly, addictive entertainment? You download GT Racing Motor Academy and get started with it. It’s a huge game for a free version and that’s largely due to the graphics and the level of detail involved. It’s going to tax the processors out of your iPad or iPad Mini but nonetheless, it’s a game to reckon with.

Price: Free
Download GTRacing Motor Academy

#7. Asphalt: Heat 7

Asphalt 7 Heat iPad GameWell, I didn’t really want this ‘Top 5 racing games’ list to have an extra guy pop in from under but you know, it’s Asphalt! First, you gasp at the 1.3 GB file size of the app and then you gasp at the attention to detail. It’s almost like driving a real vehicle. Asphalt 7: Heat will require the best of processors and memory but more than that, the game demands that you be passionate about racing on the iPad.

Price: $0.99
Download Asphalt: Heat 7