9 Best Driving Games For Girls
We list nine of the best driving games for girls to help you prove you have what it takes when you get into the virtual driving seat.
- DiRT 5
- Drift Hunters
- Angry Birds Go!
- Real Racing 3
- Trackmania Turbo
- Rocket League
- Forza Horizon 5
- Mario Kart 8
We all know that women can be just as talented as men when it comes to being behind the wheel – for example, did you know that legendary female driver Michèle Mouton won 162 stages in the World Rally Championship? Pretty impressive, huh?
The great thing is that there’s no reason why girls can’t compete with guys when it comes to driving games, too!
We’ve created this list with some of the popular games girls enjoy playing, where they’re known for often beating their male friends!
What do I need to get started?
We have tried to keep the list as varied as possible so you can choose whatever platform best suits your needs.
Whether you have an old SNES lying around in the loft, a smartphone, a gaming console, or perhaps a quick blast of your boyfriend’s high-end PC with a gaming rig while he’s out – the racetrack is ready and waiting whenever you are ready to take a moment to have fun or beat your lap times!
9 – DiRT 5
Platform: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC
If you hope to become the next Michèle Mouton, then the DiRT series is undoubtedly one you must try.
We have opted for the ‘arcade-style’ alternative here, but should you feel brave enough to take on the realistic simulator option – make sure you also try DiRT Rally 2.0.
With a mixture of gravel, snow, ice, and sand, there’s sure to be a challenging terrain where you can rule supreme.
DiRT 5 covers all sorts of off-road disciplines, not purely rallying, and offers a huge variety for girly thrill-seekers to get their fix!
DiRT 4 review
Polygon’s Owen S. Good delivered his verdict on the game:
“If Dirt 5 is an homage to Evolution’s best work, then it’s a beautiful one.”
“Dirt 5 is just enough MotorStorm, in other words, enough to remind me that my current video game motorsports diet of technical setups and time trials needs a big scoop of ice cream, too.”
8 – Drift Hunters
Platform(s): PC (Free browser game), Android, iOS
If you want to get some practice in while you’re on the move or have a few spare moments, then Drift Hunters is a great opportunity to quickly learn car control for those secret practice sessions your boyfriend doesn’t need to know about!
Since it is free on mobile and as a free in-browser ‘flash’ game on PC (with no download necessary), it is the perfect game to play whether you’re on your morning commute or fancy going sideways during your lunch break.
If you enjoy this game, there are two newer versions that we also highly recommend checking out, Drift Hunters 2 and the latest game in the series, which has been built from the ground up – Drift Hunters MAX.
7 – Angry Birds Go!
Platform(s): Android, iOS, Apple TV, Windows Phone, Blackberry
Let’s face it; we’ve all loved Angry Birds at some point. The creators couldn’t resist getting into the racing market, and who could blame them?
Think of this as a new take on games like Mario Kart with your favorite Angry Birds characters and heaps of craziness added.
This is an awesome game to enjoy against people of all ages, and a great opportunity to show them that girls are winners!
Angry Birds Go! review
Trusted Reviews’ Sam Loveridge sat down with the game and shared his thoughts:
“Angry Birds Go is the latest addition to the Angry Birds franchise and comes in the form of a Mario Kart-like racing game. This 3D adventure is a downhill, soapbox cart racer where you can play as all the characters from the Angry Birds series. It’s a rather brave move away from the 2D physics-based point and aim Angry Birds we’re all used to, but one that is still very appealing to gamers of all age groups.”
“From the outset, it’s clear that Angry Birds Go is easy to play and fairly addictive, especially for short bursts of time. The familiar, colourful characters are all there and each has their own unique power-ups to use against the opposition.”
Read the full Angry Birds Go! review
6 – Real Racing 3
Platform(s): Android, iOS, Nvidia Shield TV, Blackberry, Nvidia Shield Portable, tvOS
Electronic Arts’ latest offering in the Real Racing series brings sim racing into your pocket, and the realism of this free game makes you feel like you’re on track when in reality, you’re on the train for the daily commute.
Just be careful not to get too carried away and nudge the person next to you when you end up in the gravel!
This realistic simulator is the perfect chance to get to grips with learning your racing lines and fighting to become the next female Champion!
Real Racing 3 review
IGN’s Justin Davis spent some time with the game to deliver his thoughts:
“I’m a casual racing fan, used to big drifts and nitro boosts. Despite its no-risk freemium pricing model, Real Racing 3’s much more realistic sim-racing style initially frustrated me. It’s a big adjustment realizing you need to slow to a crawl to thread through S-curves. Even after the fundamentals are down, RR3’s AI racers will eat you alive until you learn to brake into a curve in order to accelerate out of it. The game isn’t afraid to severely punish anyone that doesn’t brake early enough, or gamers that don’t learn their racing lines.”
“This is the best racing game available on mobile devices.”
Read the full Real Racing 3 review
5 – Trackmania Turbo
Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC
If it’s fun and entertainment you’re looking for, then Trackmania Turbo is the perfect thrill ride for those girls who like some insanity added to the mix in their racing games.
After being a PC-only game for quite some time, console users can join in the fun with this latest edition!
For those new to the series, it’s a fantastic alternative to serious sim racing, which will undoubtedly provide you and your friends with hours of entertainment.
Trackmania Turbo review
Gamespot’s Jason D’Aprile went thrillseeking to deliver his verdict:
“Trackmania Turbo, has hit the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the result is as fun as fans of the series could have hoped. The game’s unique focus on time trial racing gives it a distinctly refreshing feel from the Forzas and Need for Speeds of the world.”
“The game constantly lets you know where you stand and frequently restarting the race entirely after a mishap is a common, and necessary, tactic to stay on top. The ghostly nature of multiplayer manages to alleviate any frustration from vehicle collisions while still maintaining a constant sense of competition. This system also allows for an absurd number of players to be involved in a single online tournament–even on launch day, there were easily 70+ cars in each race.”
Read the full Trackmania Turbo review
4 – Assetto Corsa
Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC
While we understand that simulation games aren’t for everyone, for us, Assetto Corsa is simply the best driving simulator out there right now.
Ultra-realistic physics combined with a huge modifying community, we had to include it for those girls who are serious about their racing.
Once you look past the simple, minimal menus, the game becomes the perfect place to practice and improve your skills whilst being able to make any adjustments needed to suit your driving style.
With an impressively varied career mode and online community, it may feel challenging to beginners, but it is enriching once you learn how to master it.
Check the huge amount of add-ons and mods out there as you try to beat Sabine Schmitz’s famous lap times!
Assetto Corsa review
Eurogamer’s Martin Robinson reviewed the game back in 2015, and these were his thoughts:
“When it comes to replicating the simple, intoxicating pleasure of driving, no game does it better right now.”
“You could put any car on any track and lose yourself in the simulation for hours, squinting through sun caught in the smeared perspex windscreen of a Z4 GT as it sets over Spa and you pick out entry, apex and exit points, or pawing an Elise this way and that through the swerves of Magione. Assetto Corsa’s laser focus on the driving experience works wonders – and when it comes to replicating that simple, brilliant pleasure, there’s no other game right now that does it better.”
Read the full Assetto Corsa review
3 – Rocket League
Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, Linux, MacOS
Okay, we admit this probably doesn’t fall into the ‘racing’ genre. However, it kept us so entertained that we couldn’t keep it off the list.
Soccer and cars might not be at the top of every girl’s list. But this was made for those who need a little more adrenaline rush than lipstick and chick flicks!
This game aims to get the ball into your opponent’s goal, which we promise is more exciting than it sounds.
Every moment is a chaotic thrill and desperate attempt to chase down the ball to score the goals, and we loved it!
Rocket League review
Gamespot’s Miguel Concepcion undoubtedly enjoyed his time writing this review:
“Every moment in Rocket League demands split-second judgment. Are you the assertive type who takes control of the immediate situation at the risk of being in the middle of a chaotic, unpredictable scrum? Are you more of a long-term planner, one who watches your cohorts fight over a ball in a corner with the confidence that the ball will inevitably escape. When this happens, are you ready at the top of the penalty arc with the hope that the loose ball will roll between you and the goal? This echoes Wayne Gretzky’s words of wisdom: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Rocket League offers countless opportunities to be Gretzky–or Nostradamus.”
“The joy of Rocket League rests on the countless plans that are conceived and discarded every other second in any given match. Trying to predict where and how the ball will bounce next is a game within the game. Despite the use of cars, Rocket League emulates the emotional surges typical of The Beautiful Game, such as the rush of an unexpected fast break or a well-timed header into a goal. With Rocket League, the promising concept of combining two wonderful things–cars and soccer–is equally magnificent in execution. You can’t say the same thing about, say, combining cake and fruit to make fruitcake, as the comedian Jim Gaffigan observed.”
Read the full Rocket League review
2 – Forza Horizon 5
Platform(s): Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
If you’re looking for a realistic driving game with as much variety as possible but isn’t as challenging as the unforgiving simulators, then Forza Horizon 5 is the perfect option.
Set in Guanajuato, Mexico, Forza Horizon 5 not only enables you to explore the stunning open world it offers but also provides the opportunity to prove your skills in various races.
Whether you want to head to the hills in your off-road buggy or slide your way through the clipping points in various drift challenges, Forza Horizon 5 has it all.
With over 500 cars awaiting the turn of your key in the garage, the game offers endless excitement and possibilities for anyone looking for the ultimate driving game.
Forza Horizon 5 review
PCGamer’s Phil Savage viewed his thoughts on the game:
“Inevitably as I play, I have a big, dumb grin on my face. It’s just that kind of game.”
” It’s easy to forget given how effortless everything feels, but the sheer detail of the environments and the level of craft evident in each of the over 500 cars is astounding. Forza Horizon 5 isn’t a full sim, sure, but nor is it simplistic. Each car has its own personality, and it’s capable of offering a serious challenge if you turn off the many optional assists. It’s just realistic enough to give each car a personality, and the detail in their modelling is absurd—their interiors lovingly recreated for the Forzavista viewing mode.”
Read the full Forza Horizon 5 review
1 – Mario Kart 8
Platform(s): Wii U, Nintendo Switch
For valid reasons, the Mario Kart series is one of the longest-running racing games.
When Nintendo released Super Mario Kart in 1992, it took the gaming world by storm, and the original version is still regarded as one of the best releases of all time.
Now on the 8th title in the series, it’s more fun than ever and a great opportunity for a level playing field to beat your boyfriend or friends and family of all ages while you all have heaps of fun!
We recommend any version of the game you can get your hands on; make sure you collect the power-ups and then power slide your way to victory!
Mario Kart 8 review
IGN’s Jose Otero had heaps of fun before giving his opinions on the game:
“Mario Kart 8 is the best kart racing game Nintendo has made in a long time. It strikes a careful balance between refining old ideas while introducing fresh new ones. Admittedly, its gorgeous graphics and jazzy orchestrated soundtrack bolster its presentation, but you’re getting a lot more than just looks with this one – although I spent an awful lot of time gawking at the details in slow-motion, the fast and furious pace of racing with friends both locally and online is what really kept me coming back.”
“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an amazing game for all the same reasons I mentioned in our original review. It’s still a gorgeous kart racer and every bit as addictive as it was in 2014. This is the best entry in the series so far, and it has all the content you’ll need. Returning players have seen a lot of this game before, but the overhauled Battle mode and its five additional ways to play are a great reason to pick it up.”
Read the full Mario Kart 8 review
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