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Last Updated: January 7th, 2012

2011 has officially come to an end, and the past year has seen some incredible new games. So, if you're looking for awesome titles for that shiny new Android device you received over the holidays, then check out this list of fine gems worthy of being brought into the new year. No matter your preference on gameplay, you're bound to find something you like below.

We'll start off the series with racing and sports games.

For more Best Games Of 2011, see Part 2: Action & Adventure and Part 3: Puzzle & Casual.

Racing

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD is a fast-paced, arcade racing game that is hard to put down. Race against friends or the rest of the world in online multiplayer, take on AI opponents in over 50 events, and build a collection that could take on the world.

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Reckless Getaway

This one is all about the escape. Race your way through 16 different levels with the cops hot on your tail, and do everything you can to leave them behind. Swerve in and out of traffic, lead the police into oncoming traffic, hit intense jumps, and escape with your payload.

Bang Bang Racing THD

Bang Bang Racing THD is an action-packed game optimized for Tegra devices. If you happen to have a Tegra phone or tablet, you'll experience some incredible graphics along with excellent gameplay in this fast moving racing game.

Riptide GP

Riptide GP is a unique racing game that features jet-skis. What's great about this one is that the physics and graphics make the game seem as close to real as it gets. While it is enhanced for Tegra devices, it runs and looks just as incredible on other devices as well.

Shine Runner

Shine Runner comes from the same developer who made Riptide GP, and this one is just as unique. Personally, this is my favorite racing game to date simply because the theme is so hilarious. You're a country boy out to smuggle several different backcountry essentials across the bayou. Your vehicle of choice is an airboat, and awesome game physics make driving it very realistic.

Real Racing 2

Real Racing 2 is another Android racing game striving to be of consol quality, and it does a damn good job of doing so. With this game you'll be able to feel the speed of the raceway right from your phone or tablet. The graphics are beautiful, and if you're looking for a casual racing game to pick up here and there, this is it.

 

Race Of Champions

Race Of Champions puts a nice spin on racing by recreating real ROC events and putting you in the drivers seat. The courses are exact replicas of ones featured in the most recent ROC events in places like London and Paris, and the cars are replicas of real cars used in these races. Will you have what it takes to come out on top?

Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit

I have always been a huge fan of the Need for Speed series, and Hot Pursuit for Android is no different. Drive at break-neck speeds in supercharged cars in a desperate attempt to evade the law. Alternatively, you can mix it up and catch the criminals in supercharged police cars.

 

Sports

MADDEN NFL 12 by EA SPORTS™

If you love football, then you probably love Madden, too. Madden NFL 12 by EA Sports for Android is one of the most dynamic mobile sports games I've ever come across. It is a bit different than the console version, but that's okay because it makes for a whole new experience. Play through Exhibition mode, a 16-game Season mode, or replay the 2010/2011 Playoffs.

 

Flick Golf!

Flick Golf! is not only fun to play, but is beautifully well-made in every aspect. The graphics and physics are incredible, and the gameplay is truly addictive. All you have to do is flick your finger across the screen, and watch your ball soar towards the green. Watch out for usual golf course hazards, and add spin to your shots to bring them closer to a hole in one.

Flick Soccer!

Flick Soccer! is much like Flick Golf!, as it is obviously made by the same developer. In this one, you can play through several different game modes, and try your best to make a goal against a very intelligent AI goalie. Even if you aren't a huge fan of soccer, this game will still bring you hours of fun.

SummitX Snowboarding

One doesn't really see many snowboarding games on the Android Market, but if you're looking for one, here it is. SummitX Snowboarding offers controls that bring the feeling of carving slopes right to your fingertips. With exciting gameplay, fully customizable characters, and several gorgeous slopes to fly down, this game really has quite a bit going for it.

 

Beer Pong HD

What's not to love about a beer pong game? Yes, there are many beer pong games on the market, but Beer Pong HD is the best by far. This ball physics are incredibly realistic, you can play online against other pong champions, and the camera starts to sway after you've had a few drinks. There's even an Android Police table!

Baseball Superstars® 2011.

Alright, so this game isn't really as realistic as some would like, but the gameplay is phenomenal. You have several different modes to play through, making you want to come back for more. The most unique game mode is My League Mode, in which you build your very own league, RPG style.

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Ski Challenge 12

If snowboarding isn't your thing, check out Ski Challenge 12. You'll be playing the role of a downhill skier, and can compete in actual tournaments against the world. The whole game is actually centered around these tournaments, and that makes it even more fun to play.

 

If racing and sports games just aren't your thing or you're just hungry for more awesome games, check out Part 2: Action & Adventure and Part 3: Puzzle & Casual of the Best Games Of 2011 series.

Brandon Lancaster
Brandon says he likes to live life on the edge. By that he means eating ice cream for breakfast and wearing house slippers to class. Aside from all of the ballsy action he partakes in, he's a mass communications student that spends much of his time studying or tinkering with his phone.

  • edd

    Lol I've played every single one of these! (Except for baseball, but that doesn't count as I'm UK :))

    I agree with Shine Racer - amazing fun and graphics. Real Racing looks great, but is a little dull. I loved the two Micro Machine-esque games, but I do wish the real thing would come to Android.

    • dward2828

      We need a port of 'Mashed' with multiplayer...

  • Vladimir

    NFS Hot Pursuit RULZ. I've also liked Reckless Racing and Flick Golf & Soccer. PES 2012 and Real Football 2011 are also very nice.

  • Matt

    i love bang bang racing but hate that it's tegra only. i want it on my phone and don't use my tablet much these days. boo on the market/device fragmentation going on these days.

  • Alex C

    Flick Golf released a new version of their game called Flick Golf Extreme...it's even better than Flick Golf, and that was awesome!! Here's the market link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fullfat.android.golfextreme

    • Rune

      Wow! Looks awesome..thanks!

    • Jon Garrett

      Lets Golf 3D is the best golf game on the market.

  • Rune

    Have about 5 of these! So I think I'm good!

  • Himmat S.

    Race of Champions is great. It's not really a full on racing game with many cars around, it's just basically you and your opponent.

    Great sounds, great graphics and great tracks. Hope they update every so often as it can get boring if you play too much!

  • Spydie

    crap, most of this stuff won't run on the Transformer Prime. Wonder why the high-graphics-intense games like some of these car racing games won't run on the HOT tablet?

    • Brandon Lancaster

      Replied to your comment on the other post, but here's the response for this one, too:

      The Transformer Prime is the newest tablet on the market right now, and with new devices come new bugs and issues. So we have to give developers ample time to make sure their games are completely compatible with these new devices. I'm sure the Prime will see much more support in the coming weeks.

  • Tee

    Race Of Champions would probably be a good one, but obviously it is not meant to be played. At least the required download to be able to play, never starts...

  • Quantz

    If the game doesn't appear in my phone's google play, that means my phone isn't compatible with the game right? great selection though. I would appreciate if you also included some sort of minimum system requirements (RAM, CPU and GPU)

  • JayMankind

    I have ordered my Nexus 7 and I can't wait to try out a few of these games ! Yipee !!