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The best racing games for kids

Kids Racing Games - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Riders Republic, Turbo Golf Racing (left to right)

If there’s one thing kids love, it’s racing games. It’s no wonder either; racing games are fast paced so they hold their attention, and they are often multiplayer so friends and family can enjoy the fun together!

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These days, there are hundreds of racing games to choose from! We’ve collected the very best options in this list for you, detailing which platform they are on and their ESRB rating, to help you choose the best one for the child(ren) in your life.

Video games for kids 2-4+

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

ESRB assessment E for everyone
Platforms Nintendo Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is probably one of the first games that comes to mind when you think of racing games for kids. There’s a reason there are eight entries in the Mario Kart series after all! This racing game also claims the title as the very first game to be released for Nintendo Switch.

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The gameplay is pretty straightforward. You play as Mario characters (which also include a few characters from other famous Nintendo franchises) who race against each other on Mario-themed cards (again, a few are from other Nintendo franchises). You can personalize your kart and play style individually, which means: even experienced players and beginners can play together and have fun with it.

Hot Wheels Unleashed

ESRB assessment E for everyone
Platforms Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Microsoft Windows, Amazon Luna

Does the kid in your life love Hot Wheels? Then we have the perfect racing game for them! With Hot Wheels Unleashed, players can control the toy cars as they race around tracks in an ordinary house.

If you own a lot of the Hot Wheels toys, you will probably recognize some of the cars you get to drive! Gradually you will collect more and more cars and unlock unique features for them that shake up the gameplay.

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Video games for children aged 5-7

Turbo Golf Racing

ESRB assessment Not classified (early entry)
Platforms Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X

Turbo Golf Racing is an unorthodox indie game that combines the sport of racing with the sport of golf! It includes three game modes, customizable cars, action-packed and chaotic gameplay, and more!

Up to eight people can play together, which means: the whole family or all your friends can compete for the first place! There’s really nothing to complain about except how addictive it is.

Circuit Superstars

ESRB assessment E for everyone
Platforms Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Microsoft Windows

Circuit Superstars is an indie racing game distinguished by with a top view of the track. It was created by Original Fire Games and published by Square Enix. Circuit Superstars describes themselves as: a game for racers, by racers, and offers many different types of racing: there are open wheel single-seaters, SuperTrucks, EuroTrucks and more.


Reviewers have praised the game’s really challenging AI and polished graphics. There is also great attention to detail; your cars use up fuel, your tires deteriorate over time and you have to choose carefully when to take a pit stop.

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Video games for ages 8-9+

Gran Turismo 7

ESRB assessment E for everyone
Platforms Playstation 4, Playstation 5

Gran Turismo 7 is the latest in a long line of excellent racing games. The latest graphics are absolutely stunning and show the beautiful tracks and glorious cars in more detail than ever before.

Andy Kelly reviewed Gran Turismo 7 for TheGamer and praised it for having so much content and excellent, realistic handling behind the wheel. The main thing about this game is the career mode, where you start from the bottom and work your way up to the best cars and the most complicated tracks.

snow runner

ESRB assessment E for everyone
Platforms Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming

SnowRunner is a game about conquering the most intense environments on the planet while driving powerful and huge vehicles. The difficult, unpaved terrain makes it completely different from the other games on this list.

SnowRunner is a racing game, but not everything is racing. That part comes in the form of challenge missions, where you are asked to complete certain routes as quickly as possible for unique rewards.

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Video games for kids 10-12+

Burnout Paradise Remastered

ESRB assessment E10+ for everyone from ten years old
Platforms PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

Burnout is a classic racing game franchise that players have enjoyed for generations. The latest installment is a remastered version of the Burnout Paradise game and doesn’t disappoint.

While there are real races to participate in, Burnout also allows you to just drive through Paradise City to have fun. Many people already remember hitting pedestrians and street lamps, cutting other cars and causing chaos, much more than they remember the races.

Riders Republic

ESRB assessment T for teen
Platforms PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna

Riders Republic is a racing game, but not in cars. Instead, you can choose from one of four options: cycling, snowboarding, skiing and flying in a wingsuit. These extreme sports provide even more fun as you and other players race through the world online.

When you play, you can participate in the Career mode or the competitive Multiplayer mode. The Riders Republic open world includes many recognizable US national parts, such as Sequoia Park, Mammoth Mountain, Bryce Canyon, and more, in one combined area.

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