One of the most entertaining genres to enjoy in good company is racing games. Or more specifically, arcade games where fun matters more than simulation. These include a micro-genre that’s been bringing us joy stretching back to Mario Kart’s appearance on Super Nintendo in 1992. Mario blazed the way for the roll out of endless kart titles, among them games like Crash Team Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed that have keep standards very high. A gaming style that we can also enjoy on smartphone and tablet and that we’ve brought together in this list of the best free kart racing games on Android.
OK, here we go breaking our own rules from the first entry on the list. You may not technically be driving an actual kart in Turbo FAST, but it feels just as fast and fun anyway. In this dizzying racing game you control some rather adorable snails that take on ingenious tracks simulating popular locations at top speed.
This game is based on the DreamWorks film Turbo and luckily it’s not the typical bad movie-to-video-game adaptation. The opposite, actually – the game oozes quality from all pores. Plus the settings have shortcuts to grind or do jumps on, meaning the game never stops being loads of fun. [Download]
El Chavo Kart
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined as legendary a series as El Chavo del Ocho being turned into a kart game. But the world exists for dreamers, and it’s true – El Chavo Kart is available for free on Android.
This madcap racing game has nothing to envy its counterparts, with a simple gameplay and terrific graphics. Plus it’s the only racing game that can boast a cast including El Chavo, Don Ramón, Quico, Doña Rogelia, and Don Barrigón. See if anybody can top that. [Download]
Beach Buggy Racing
OK, maybe buggies technically aren’t karts either, but that doesn’t take an ounce of fun away from Beach Buggy Racing, which takes the always illustrious Mario Kart as its point of reference. This title is surprising for how spectacular its graphics are, even considering the cartoony character design.
The simple and universally adaptable controls make it a game to keep in mind if what you’re looking for is madcap racing where boosters are all over the place. [Download]
Crazy Racing – Speed Racer
It’s guaranteed mini-kart pleasure with this nice-looking title that boast loads of game modes to ensure you never get bored. The game has automatic acceleration so all you’ve got to worry about is switching lanes and collecting items and coins.
Unlike a lot of games like this, Crazy Racing – Speed Racer takes up very little space on your smartphone, which people running low on memory are sure to appreciate. [Download]
This fun racing game based on the characters from the Gumball series draws on classics like Mario Kart and Micro Maniacs, so it’d be close to impossible for the result to be boring. With visual tones like those of the awesome animated series, Gumball Racing is sure to deliver plenty of hours of addiction.
We should mention that the difficulty curve in Gumball Racing is a bit higher than in most games on this list, which makes it a good choice for people looking for a challenge. As they’d say in other places, it’s the Dark Souls of Android kart racing games. [Download]
Its name may not inspire much excitement, but ToyKart is one of the best free kart racing games you can find on Android. That may sound blunt but it’s true – this new game has been a huge discovery that nobody should miss out on.
Besides the standard boosters you go around collecting, you can get a special power if you do different stuff during your race like collect coins or crystals or hit enemies. A game that deserves a lot of love thanks to its fun features and awesome drifting system. [Download]
Angry Birds Go!
Just like Mario, Sonic, and Crash before them, the Angry Birds needed their own kart game. Mega-fans of the game franchise have another title here to have some fun with alongside legends like Red, Chuck, Terence, Stella, King Pig, and Foreman Pig.
This game isn’t that different from the other ones in this auspicious list, but it was made with extra love. Something we’ve come to expect from all games from Rovio. (Likewise their eagerness to push monetization but that’s another issue entirely.) [Download]