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October 30, 2014

Vroom! Best car-racing games for Windows Phone

Feel the need for speed? Rev up your engine and zoom by tough competitors as your car takes you from 0 to 100 miles per hour in just a few seconds.

Experience the thrill of driving a race car at high speed with these racing games for your Lumia.

Asphalt 8: Airborne (free)


True to its tagline, “leave gravity in the dust,” this high-octane car-racing game is full of stunts and twists. With challenging game play, cutting-edge graphics and superb racing controls, there’s plenty to keep you glued to the screen.

On offer are 47 high-performance cars which you earn as you win races. Choose from a range of cars, be it the luxurious Lamborghini or the feisty Ferrari and take it out for a spin in the Venetian vistas or Nevada desert.

The best part of the game is the ability to choose your own route and shortcuts even when you are busy negotiating tricky turns and keeping a tab on other racers. Watch out for those ramps and extra power-ups that make your car go airborne while trying aerial stunts like barrel rolls.

Hot Rod Racers (free)


Maneuver ramps, avoid walls or race against time in this exciting drag-racing game. In this quest to become the next king of the road, there are no rules. You’re free to use any means necessary to win, like bumping into a fellow racer’s car or dodging traffic cones.

Switch gears like an expert and you are sure to win more races, which will earn you more points. Make other street racers envious by upgrading your car and power as you make your way to the finish line.

Race illegal: High Speed 3D (free)


Unlike the real world, here you will be greeted with action, violence and tons of illegal racing performances. Crashing or bumping into other cars will not hurt your gameplay. There are 20 tracks and nine cars for you to race.

As you try insane drifts and hit nitrous boosts, watch out for additional tasks that come your way, like drift “50yards” or “don’t damage car” to keep your driving skills in check.

Cars: Fast as Lightning (free)


Join Lightning McQueen and Mater, the lovable characters from the successful animation movie “Cars” as they race on a track. A recent entrant to the Windows Phone Store, this game features actor Owen Wilson as the voice of Lightning.

As you clear levels, you are pitted against several characters from the movie, such as snooty Chick Hicks, friendly Darrell Cartrip, and the affable Volkswagen bus Fillmore.

Combining town-building and racing, the players live in Radiator Springs, an old town gearing up to host a big race. Simple to play, the game gives you a pure racing experience complete with jumping ramps and dodging various obstacles.

It might not be as mean or high-speed as the other games here, but it’s a treat for fans and followers of the “Car” series.

Don’t forget to fasten your seat belts as you step on the gas. What is your favorite racing game?