6 Gear Club swallows up bus rides
A late arrival on this list, being released in November, Gear Club is a new iOS and Android racer from the studio behind Test Drive Unlimited and, if you’re hoary and old enough to remember them, the V-Rally games. It has a more modest garage than Real Racing 3, with fewer really high end manufacturers, but makes up for it with satisfying, weighty handling and crisp visuals.
According to the developer, it’s the most sophisticated recreation of these cars in a mobile game, even going as far as to accurately model the individual engines, drivetrains, suspension and aero of each vehicle. Of course, whether you can actually feel all that mathematics when you’re controlling it by awkwardly tilting a mobile phone and mashing the accelerator with your thumb is another matter, but the important thing is it’s extremely satisfying to blast around the game’s selection of scenic open-road routes regardless.
Like most of these free-to-download mobile games, Gear Club attempts to gently irritate you into spending actual money to speed up your progress, but actually it’s less pushy than most in this regard, meaning you can happily gobble up your tedious commute with slick, polished racing without spending a penny.