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There is nothing quite like jumping in the car to embark on a road trip adventure.

The stress of packing up and leaving everyday life behind starts to dissipate as a feeling of freedom abounds with each passing mile.

Add a couple of kids to the back seat and suddenly the romantic notion of hitting the road becomes less straightforward. Parents are soon overwhelmed by the constant cries of “I’m hungry,” “I’m bored” and “Are we there yet?”

25 per cent of parents avoid booking family holidays due to the stress of travelling with kids, while 6 per cent of families actually return home early.

In an article by Paul Chai that ran in “Daily Life” this year, he posed that family road trips may be overrated. The article cited research from a report undertaken in the UK last year revealing 25 per cent of parents avoid booking family holidays due to the stress of travelling with kids, while 6 per cent of families actually return home early.

He goes on to say there is much to gain by persevering. Sure, things can go wrong but while adults are focussing on the big things, kids have the ability to open their eyes to the little wonders. “Family holidays should be neither venerated, nor avoided. They should be taken as they come…,” Chai says.

The secret to successful family road trips comes down to one thing, being prepared. That means thinking ahead and packing for all eventualities be it an esky with snacks and water, charging up the iPad, borrowing audio books from the library and brushing up on some good old-fashioned games.

For this, we’ve put together some ideas. Print them out, put them in the glovebox and whip them out when you need to keep the kiddos busy.

The Name Game

This is a great game for the family to play.

Pick a category — be it animals, countries, cities, TV shows, songs or actual names. For an example, if the category is animal, the first player might say pig. The next person must name another animal starting with the last letter of the previous animal. In this case “G” is the last letter in pig, so the second person might say gorilla.

There cannot be any repeats, so it will get harder and harder as your list gets longer.

20 Questions

Another popular favourite is 20 questions.

Family holidays should be neither venerated, nor avoided. They should be taken as they come.

One person thinks of something, then tells the others the category — person, place or thing. Then, the rest of the players take turns asking up to 20 yes or no questions to narrow down the answer.

For instance, is it a plant? Is it man-made? Does it fly? After the 20 questions have been asked each person in the car is invited to make a guess.

Going on a Trip (or Memory Game)

This is a good memory game for kids age 5+.

One person starts the game with “I’m going on a trip and I’m going to pack…” Or “I’m grocery shopping and I need…”. The second person must then repeat what the first person said while adding another item, starting with the next letter of the alphabet.

For example:

Person 1: I’m going on a trip and I’m going to pack… an air mattress.
Person 2: I’m going on a trip and I’m going to pack… an air mattress and butter.
Person 3: I’m going on a trip and I’m going to pack… an air mattress, butter and a canteen.

It’s a fun memory game that’ll keep your brain busy.

Scavenger Hunt

Before you set out on your trip, type up a list of treasure — or items that you know the kids will see along the way.

For instance, a black cow, a brown horse, a stop sign, a service station etc. This can be run as a competition or simply a system of marking each item off in succession.

This is great for the littlies.

Number Plate Bingo

Everyone grab a pencil and paper. Then write down a word comprising 8 letters.

This is a fun one for families. Each passenger must take turns to say a set number of words. The next player continues the story where the previous left off.

Players keep an eye on the passing traffic, focussing particularly on each passing number plate. You can include parked cars if you wish. Whenever the players see a letter from their word they cross that letter off.

The players then have to keep a keen eye out on traffic, checking each number plate that goes by. The first person to cross off all eight letters from their word is the winner. There are some variations to this game. One is to base it on the alphabet — all 26 letters are written down and the first person to cross them off wins. Same goes for numbers 1 to 100.

Count the Animals

Nominate an object or animal, that can be counted by passengers. Good examples are cows, yellow cars, signs etc.

For the duration of the trip, players have to keep count of what they see and the person with most at the end of the trip wins.

Grow a Story

This is a fun one for families.

Each passenger must take turns to say a set number of words. The next player continues the story where the previous left off.

Triple Threat

This is a story whereby the parent chooses three nouns. For example, table, hat and witch. Each player or storyteller is expected to create a story that has these three objects included.

This is a another fun one where anything goes!

Even if you are not any good at the real game of cricket, you may excel in the car variety. The rules for car cricket are fairly straightforward, and the game works better in rural areas rather than in cities.

Car Cricket

Even if you are not any good at the real game of cricket, you may excel in the car variety.

The rules for car cricket are fairly straightforward, and the game works better in rural areas rather than in cities.

The first person to bat scores runs with the passing of each vehicle. White cars are valued at one run with coloured (including black) cars worth two runs. Motorhomes are a lovely sight to see at four runs and trucks are equivalent to six. Any car that is towing a trailer can collect an extra run. Red cars are out. For cars to count in the batting score they must be moving or travelling in the opposite direction.

When a player reaches 100 they retire and the first to get to 100 is the winner. If no one reaches a century, then the player with the most runs on the scoreboard wins.

I Spy with My Little Eye

One person finds an object they can see and then starts the game by saying, “I spy with my little eye something beginning with…” and then states a letter of the alphabet.

The others players then try and guess the object.

The Monkey Game (or the Quiet Game)

One person (usually the parent) declares “Order in the court, the monkey wants to talk.” The first one to talk is the monkey.

With school holidays fast approaching (again?), don’t even think about cutting back on the kids’ computer time when travelling with the family. Instead, embrace the world of apps.

Variations are declaring silence and a prize for whoever is quietest longest.


Finally, for the modern-day mum and dad with technology-savvy kids, do a little browsing online before departure for some helpful apps to download for iPad and Android devices.

Cynthia Karena has compiled a list of apps on Essential Kids designed to open the minds of young travellers while helping mum and dad locate important amenities like loos.

“With school holidays fast approaching (again?), don’t even think about cutting back on the kids’ computer time when travelling with the family. Instead, embrace the world of apps,” she says.

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10 Fun Car Games for Kids to Kill the Road Trip Boredom

If you are looking for fun games to play in the car, here is a list of the best car games for kids guaranteed to keep them entertained on a road trip, or even just a short car ride.

If “Are we there yet?… Are we there yet?…” is familiar sound from the backseat of the car when you are on a road trip with the kids, you are not alone. Travelling with kids is not easy! Most kids can be impatient while in the car even if it only a short trip.

Lucky for you we have compiled some of the best car games for kids that need little or no preparation at all, and should get you to your destination with a little less stress. These are fun games to play in the car for any age!

10 Fun Car games for Kids

Here are some of our favourite car games for kids, and best games for road trips to help you stress less along the way.

1. I spy

A classic car game for kids, I spy is super easy and can keep kids entertained for a while. One person starts with saying “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with… A (or another letter) ” or “I spy with my little eye something… green (or another colour). The others then need to try and guess what it is. Simple game for a road trip!

2. Don’t Say It

This is quite a competitive game to play in the car for kids. At the start of the road trip select 5 words that are not allowed to be said the entire journey. If a person says one of those words they gain a point. The person with the least points at the end of the car ride is the winner.

3. Bingo

This is a fun game to play in the car with pen and paper. Write down a list of 20 (or 50 depending on the length of your trip) objects you could see along the way. Eg. Red van, fast food restaurant, dog, person on a bike. Etc. Everyone keeps their eyes out the window searching for these objects crossing them off along the way. The first person to cross everything off calls BINGO and is the winner. This is fun game to play in the car on a long journey.

4. I’m going on a picnic

Another really easy game to play in the car with kids that needs no preparation. The first person starts with “I am going on a picnic and I am bringing a blanket (or another item). The next person continues with “I am going on a picnic and I am bringing a blanket, and some apples. The next person continues with “I am going on a picnic and I am bringing a blanket, some apples, and a ball. And so on until someone can’t remember all of the items. This is one of those road trip games that can go on and on.

5. Who am I?

This is one of those games to play in the car that gets kids thinking. One person thinks of a person or animal. The others need to ask questions in order to guess what the person is thinking. Eg. How many legs do you have? Can you fly? The person who guesses correctly is then the person who thinks of the next person or animal for the others to guess.

6. Joker

Everyone loves a good joke! While jokes may not actually be car games for kids as such, they are still fun. Go around the car telling your favourite funny jokes. Our list of Knock Knock Jokes For Kids are sure to keep kids entertained!

7. Singalong

Who doesn’t love to sing in the car??? There are a couple of ways to play this car game for kids. The first is where one person starts by singing the lyrics of a song, and the others have to guess it and singalong until it is finished, or until nobody knows the lyrics. The other is to mix songs. So one person sings a line of a song, then the next person sings the line of another song and so on. The singalong is one of those games to play in the car to keep things upbeat and fun.

8. Alphabet race

Another game to play in the car which involves searching your surroundings. Children have the alphabet written down on paper. Look out the window and when they spot something they write it down next to the corresponding letter. First person to finish the whole alphabet wins. This road trip game can get quite competitive!

9. Car colour game

This car game for kids needs a little prep. Draw columns on a piece of paper with colours at the top. Avoid the main colours such as white, black, red, blue. Use colours such as purple, yellow, orange, pink etc. Then as you drive along you make a tick every time you go passed a car with that colour. See how many coloured cars you can find!

10. Hypotheticals

Thinking about hypothetical scenarios is always a fun game to play in the car for kids. One person asks a question such as, “If you could be someone famous who would you be and why?” or “If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?”. Each person goes around answering the questions to see who has the most creative and exciting.

11. Storytime

Number 11, a fun extra road trip game kids will love! This is a really fun car game for kids of all ages. One person starts telling a story saying just one sentence. The next person then continues with one more sentence. Continue adding to the story and see how creative and funny you can make it.

Games to play in the car

These are some of our favourite and fun car games for kids that keep our little ones entertained on road trips. Do you have any cool games to play in the car to share? Let us know! We are always looking for the best car games for kids and we are happy to add more to our list!

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Sometimes Mom and Dad’s ideas for vacation fun involve hopping in the car and getting out of Dodge. Many of us have fond childhood memories of family road trips taken with our own parents, but now that we’re grown up, we sometimes forget how boring the backseat can be. If you’d prefer a solution that doesn’t always involve electronics, try some of these fun games that keep everyone in the car playing together—even the ones strapped in a car seat.

  1. The Name Game
    My son and his friends enjoy this one so much that they often want to keep playing after the drive is over. Someone says a name (e.g. Alexis), and the next person has to say a name that begins with the last letter of that name (in this case S, so maybe Simon). The third person picks a name that begins with the last letter of the second person’s choice, and so on. No duplicates allowed, and they must all be real names. A more challenging version for older kids is names of places with the same rules.
  2. My Cows
    This one only works if you’re driving through rural areas, but it’s great for long drives. When driving past a farm with cows, the first person to spot them calls out “My Cows!” and makes a quick count/guesstimate of how many he or she got. The object, of course, is to “collect” the most cows. If the car passes over a bridge, whoever spots it first gets to erase another player’s cows. The erase landscape object doesn’t need to be a bridge; it can be a graveyard or anything else you might pass periodically on a road trip replete with cows.
  3. Punch Buggy
    There may still be people out there who don’t know the Punch Buggy game, so we’d better include it. Volkswagen Beetles are Punch Buggies. The first person to spot one calls out the color with the instruction, “Orange Punch Buggy—no punch backs!” and is allowed to gently punch everyone within arm’s reach. The “no punch backs” part is important for obvious reasons.
  4. 20 Questions
    An old standby for any dull moment: One person thinks of something, and everyone else has 20 yes or no questions to try to guess what it is. If someone guesses correctly before the 20th question, that person is the winner and goes next. If no one figures it out, the person answering has won and goes again.
  5. I Spy
    This is essentially the same as 20 Questions, but the chosen object must be within sight—at least at the outset of the game. The person starts with the phrase, “I spy with my little eye something beginning with…” and says the first letter of the object he or she sees. The rest follows like 20 questions, either with a set number of questions, or until someone guesses correctly, as preferred.
  6. Name That Tune
    Here’s where the radio comes in handy as more than just a dial to fight over. Turn it on, move the dial until you hear a song, and see who can name the tune first. Repeat as much as you’d like.
  7. Add-on Storytelling
    One person starts a story, with just a line or two, then stops mid-sentence. The next person picks up the tale and keeps building. No one can negate someone else’s idea, only build on it. The stories always go in crazy directions that are usually good for a group giggle!
  8. License Plate Poker
    The rules are similar to real poker, which makes this one more of an older kid game. A passing license plate is used as a complete hand of poker. Each player chooses a plate and keeps the best five “cards” (e.g. a plate that reads 4PPU999 could be a full house with a pair of Ps and three 9s as the five-card hand). If everyone in the car has smartphones or cameras, players can even snap photos of their hands; otherwise, everyone can write down the cards—or just trust each other to be honest about what they were “dealt.” For simplicity, card value can go in order numerically and alphabetically (e.g. a pair of 9s beats a pair of 2s). People who already know how to play poker can apply more complicated game rules if they prefer.
  9. License Plate Initials
    This one is pure silliness. Look at the letters on a license plate and make up what they might stand for—PSG means Pretty Silly Game! Everyone in the car comes up with an answer before moving on to the next letter combination. This generally brings lots of laughs once everyone warms up.
  10. Pig Latin
    Not so much a game as a passing of the torch: Isn’t it time your kids learned to speak Pig Latin? So few kids these days study the classics. A long car journey is the perfect opportunity to have all backseat riders uent-flay before they get get ome-hay.

For more old-fashioned fun, try our 25 Water Games ideas, Games from Classic Children’s Books, and our favorite ’70s Outdoor Games, too!

Originally published August 11, 2014

Looking for fun Road Trip Games to keep your family entertained in the car? This printable I Spy Scavenger Hunt Road Trip Game is a blast for all ages! Two different versions – perfect for family competitions or use one for each leg of the trip!

Turn your road trip into the ultimate scavenger hunt with this fun and free printable road trip game! The key to taking a successful road trip with kids is to keep them entertained and occupied during the long drive. Printable road trip games are one of the greatest (and most inexpensive!) ways to keep kids busy on a road trip, and our printable I Spy Scavenger Hunt road trip game will keep their attention for hours as they search for everything from blue trucks to horse trailers, yellow flowers, and even someone singing in their car!

This I Spy scavenger hunt game is a fantastic way to get kids to put down the electronics and have some family fun during your road trip!We’ve included two different versions of the I Spy scavenger hunt game – approximately half of the list of the words repeat in both versions, and half are unique words for that particular page. Having two different but similar versions are perfect for family competition during the drive! We have a few rules that we use when playing Road Trip I Spy, but feel free to make up your own guidelines!Our rule is this: if we spy something on our list, we have to call it out before crossing it off. Sometimes everyone in the car will spy a truck stop or a livestock hauler at the same time, but only the first person to shout it out is able to cross it off of their sheet. This makes the game last longer for longer road trips, but you can easily adjust the rules to fit the length of your drive.

Your family is sure to love this I Spy Scavenger Hunt road trip game, and you’re going to have a blast playing it on your trip!

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Free Printable Road Trip Games For Kids {I Spy}

My son just walked in and saw me working on these free printable road trip games for kids {I Spy} and immediately asked if he could print one and play the I Spy game. Success! Keep kids busy and entertained while on the road or at a birthday party, or just keep some of these around the classroom for when kids get done with their work early. An easy travel activity for kids.


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Find many more I Spy games to keep the kids busy on a rainy day.

Print this license plate bingo game for even more road trip entertainment.

This camping scavenger hunt is a fun way to keep kids’ noses out of their screens and focused on the outdoors.

This packing list made it super easy for my kids to pack their bags for our last trip!

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Have you been on a search for some fun road trip printables for kids? This i spy road trip game might be best suited for a very long car drive since it includes so many different restaurants.

But, I am sure the kids will have fun trying to keep their eyes peeled for these logos on billboards and on the roads with this eye spy bingo printable!

Although my children are older now, they still ask for me to print these Road Trip Printables for Kids: Restaurant I Spy when we go somewhere!

When on a road trip, kids tend to get bored very easily – you know, if they are not asleep. 😀 We can keep them connected to electronics (like small tv and dvd players) so the entire world passes them by, or we can give them tools to help keep their eyes peeled on their surroundings – like this road trip i spy template.

Personally, I prefer the latter!

Worksheets and printables like this i spy travel game printable also help younger children to recognize words and letters. Did you know that recognition of the shape and order of letters is one of the first steps to being a great reader?

Give your younger kids a fidget spinner to keep their hands occupied so that their eyes can concentrate on their surroundings while they play road trip i spy. This soft education can really help your aspiring reader in ways you can’t even imagine! Plus, these free printable road trip games keep the kids entertained!

Be sure to download the road trip printables for kids! But, don’t stop there!

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Road Trip Ideas for Kids:

Other road trip hacks to keep kids engaged include letting them choose things. For example: If the kids are looking at the road signs to fill out their free road trip printable, they may notice some fun things to do. Don’t make a road trip simply a way to get from point a to point b!

Add in some of those fun road-side attractions to give everyone a chance to get out of the car and stretch their legs.

You can let each child pick one thing, let half pick one way and the other half pick on the way back, or let the road trip game winner choose the next excursion!

Don’t just supply this road trip restaurant scavenger hunt printable spy game for each child! Make sure to include other free printables (listed below), coloring books, word searches, crayons, road trip snacks, and other travel games to keep the kids busy.

The longer your trip is, the more ideas you will need to come up

More Road Trip Car Games:

In addition to these road trip printables, we like to play games and activities, especially now that my kids are a bit older.


We play ghost. Ghost is an odd name for the game, but it is a fun one.

You decide on a topic (we usually do food) and then you start with the letter “a”.

The first person has to say a food that starts with the letter “a”. The next person has to say a food that starts with the letter that the previous word ends with!

If you can’t think of a new word (no repeating), you get a “g” and the next person starts with letter “b”. It keeps going until you get enough letters to spell the word ghost!

Then, you are out and the game continues with the remaining people!

Question Game:

My kids love to play the question game. In the question game, you have to carry on a conversation using only questions. That gets super hard! But, it really causes you to think.

When we take a family road trip, this one always gets played. I think the kids enjoy stumping mom and dad more than anything. 🙂

2-Second Game:

The final game we absolutely love is the 2 second game.

Someone says a word and the next person has to say the very first thing that pops into their head.

The next person, the word that pops into their head.

Two Second Game Example:

  • Person One: Day
  • Person Two: Night
  • Person Three: Rider
  • Person One: Horse

20 Questions:

This one can be fun for older and younger children. Someone thinks of a person, place or thing and the others try to guess what it is by asking yes or no questions. While the name of the game is 20 questions, we actually keep going until someone guesses correctly or until everyone gives up.

Example Questions:

  • Is it bigger than a bread box?
  • Can you eat it?
  • Does it hum?

Unfortunately, Thomas tends to “forget” what item is in his head. So, we had to start giving him a dry erase board to write down his thing on. This way, he can’t cheat by changing items in the middle of the game. LOL!

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More Road Trip Printables for Kids:

Personally, I print out a stack of different i spy printables, bingo game worksheets, coloring pages, etc and stick them in a storage clipboard!

Looking for more? You can find all my road trip printables for kids here. This includes a licenses plates game and other great ideas for older kids.

Plus, I have a big list of 36 other road trip printables!

Love these 10 ideas for 2-year olds while traveling from Crystal and Comp

These Road Trip Story Starters from Somewhat Simple are a great way to help avoid the Summer Drain – the kids won’t even know they are learning!

No matter your age, Bingo is fun! This Reading Mama has a fun set of road trip bingo printables for us.

Make and Takes never fails to give us exactly what we didn’t know we needed! These road trip scavenger hunt printables fit the bill!

More Travel Games for Kids:

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  • Melissa & Doug Travel Memory Game
  • Hasbro Travel Guess Who Game Fun On The Run
  • Connect 4 Travel Fun On The Run; no. HG-22677
  • Crayola Color Wonder Travel Tote (colors & styles may vary)
  • Checkers – Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere Game

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Just ten years ago, there were no so powerful smartphones and tablets we have now. To get entertained durings a long college road trip was a hard task. Of course, music and talks did their job but sometimes it was just not enough. Road trip games is of the greatest inventions of humanity, especially when you are bored along the way.

In this article our experts have gathered the most popular and interesting games a person can have fun with. Check out all the rules and descriptions below. Have fun!

1. While You Were Sleeping – The Best Choice for Sleepy Passengers

Description: When some of your friends falls asleep your task is to come up with the most realistic story.


  • Someone should fall asleep
  • Other people should start creating their stories
  • Every person has its turn to add some new fact to the story
  • Tell the story to the sleeping person when he or she awakes
  • Every person can lose a point or two if they break the character or go off the script
  • In case the sleeping person is convinced, each of you gets three points
  • If the person joins the story, they take all the points on their score
  • The person with the higher score after arrival to the destination point wins.

2. Good Old Guessing Game

Description: Try to guess what a person is thinking about asking them 21 different questions with no transitions.


  • A person starts to think about some particular thing
  • Every passenger asks a question by turn
  • No question should be asked twice
  • The person who guesses correctly starts the next round.

3. Fact or Fiction

Description: Pop culture and news collide for a fun game of fact or fiction. Just like Truth Dare.


  • Every passenger tells a fact fake or real
  • Other people should guess if the fact is true or fake
  • They can ask questions to get more details
  • Every passenger gets points for correct answers.

4. Singing Game

Description: Every person should connect one part of lyrics to another.


  • Someone should start singing a song
  • Another person should continue singing another song
  • Songs should be close lyrically and melodically.

5. Movie Game

Description: Guess a connection between two actors or actresses in a movie.


  • One names a movie star
  • The next passenger names a movie with that star
  • Then the next one names another actor or actress from that movie
  • That is how it should continue until someone makes a mistake.

6. Fortunately or Unfortunately

Description: Show your optimism. Tell what is a positive thing in unfortunate situation.


  • One passenger starts with telling about a fortunate situation
  • The next one tells something negative about that situation
  • Then the next person tells what is fortunate about it and the game moves on.

7. Alphabet Categories

Description: Name various things related to each other by some feature in alphabetical order.


  • Set a category such as cars, genres, bands, etc.
  • One starts with A and everyone goes down the alphabet.

8. The Game About Regional Food

Description: Get a regional food from the region you are driving by.


  • Every time you stop on a gas station you should find a local food
  • One station means one item
  • The food should be not just related but created in this particular region
  • Only original items with no duplicates from other passengers count
  • The person with most originals wins.

9. Counting Game

Description: You need to count without any turns until someone pauses for too long.


  • Someone starts with number one
  • The next person should tell the next number quickly before others
  • In case two or more persons name number at the same time, you start all over again
  • Pause in five seconds is maximum allowed
  • Try to get to some particular number such as 30 or 50.

10. Game of Names or Cities

Description: Connect first and last names of famous people, cities or any other category.


  • Start with a name of a celebrity or city
  • The next passenger should name another name that starts with the same letter the previous word ends with
  • The person that pauses for too long misses his turn or leaves the game.

11. Battle of the Bands

Description: It is the best game to play for two people. You need to pick up the best song by a band.


  • You need to set a category such as “songs about rain” or “love songs”
  • Passengers have to come with a song as quick as possible
  • Consider one minute maximum time frame
  • Each person plays their song to others
  • Other passengers should pick up a winner of the round
  • The person with more best songs in the end wins.

12. Good Old Word Association

Description: The main thing about this game is to get slightly from one association to other.


  • First person names any word they want
  • The next passenger names a word that associates with the previous one
  • The game continues until someone names something out of clue.

13. Cows on My Side

Description: An easy game to have fun and train your attention. You need to look for cows or any other object.


  • Every time a passenger sees a cow (or any other object agreed) they have to yell about it
  • “Cows on my side!” works great but you can take any other phrase you like
  • The more cows you see, the more points you get
  • Also, you get a point if you see a cow on other person’s side
  • You can also steal all other passengers’ points in case you see a cemetary.

Bottom Line

Long road trips often are boring but with a couple of interesting and entertaining games even the longest and hardest road can be fun. And in case you have no fun with your academic writing, our experts know well how to help you out.

20 Car Games for Your Road Trip

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Adventure lies around every corner as you begin your road trip. Whether you are driving to grandma’s house or planning a cross-country quest, proper planning can make or break the experience. Here are just a few game ideas to bring some fun to your journey.

  1. Necessity is the Mother of Invention – Using objects found in the car (think tissue boxes, rubber bands, napkins, pens, etc.), players must create or describe a new “invention” with the objects available to them. Award the most creative participant some candy.
  2. Story Starters – Catch a glimpse of the passengers in another car as you drive by (the driver can keep her eyes on the road of course). Then take turns making up stories about their lives and future destinations. Could they be a group of snake charmers, plastic surgeons or child prodigies?
  3. Would You Rather? – It’s often quite amazing (and hilarious) to witness how much family members will struggle with hypothetical scenarios such as “Would you rather be able to fly or be super strong?” Genius Tip: Try these 100 would you rather questions.
  4. The Movie Game – This game is similar to 20 questions, but the object is to guess a movie title. You begin with only the number of words in its title. Whoever guesses correctly gets the next turn.
  5. Create a Contest – Depending on your traveling companions’ skill sets, consider a spelling bee, movie trivia or bubble gum blowing contest. Up the stakes with a prize — maybe spending money for the next gas station stop or a chance to pick the car playlist for the next hour.

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  1. While You Were Sleeping – Someone fall asleep during the drive? Work with all the alert car riders to make up a plausible but funny story to tell the person about what happened during his nap. See how long it takes them to catch on to your tale.
  2. Traveling Time – Car mates must guess the exact time — down to the minute — you will arrive at a variety of stops, including restroom breaks, restaurants and your final destination. Give prizes to the players who come closest without going over the actual time.
  3. Guess the Flavor – This game works best with any small treat that comes in multiple flavors such as fruit snacks, jellybeans or gummy bears. Place a flavored treat in your car mate’s mouth with their eyes closed. They must then guess its flavor and/or color.
  4. Band Battle – Great for older children who have their own smart devices. Pick two people at a time and give them a song category — for instance, “heartbreak” or “teen angst.” They must pick a song and play for their car audience. The rest of the car votes on their favorite song. Keep a tally of who earns the most votes.
  5. License Plate Games – Try some variations of this classic game: See how many different states you can spot, how many plates begin with a chosen letter (give a time limit) or who can find the funniest vanity plate during the trip.

  1. Wacky Travel Log – This activity will work better for longer trips with multiple stops. See which family member can add the most unusual items to the trip journal. Consider entries such as joke of the hour, weirdest road sign, strangest souvenir or most embarrassing photo. Seashells, pressed flowers or road stop stickers are also great additions.
  2. Forbidden Word – Choose any common word your car buddies may often use (think words related to your travel destination such as “beach”) and challenge participants not to use that word for the duration of the car trip. Each time a person is caught saying the forbidden word, he must pay the person who noticed. Be sure to be provide participants with items for payment beforehand such as coins, pieces of candy or small prizes.
  3. The Alphabet Game – This old favorite involves picking a letter and a topic. On each turn, a player must name an item that fits. Prepare topics of interest such as TV characters’ names that begin with the letter “B” or historical figures whose names start with “P.”
  4. Truth or Fiction – Did that really happen? One person either tells a true story about a crazy event in their own life — or makes one up. Participants must decide whether it’s true or false. Kids might be surprised to learn some interesting facts about their parents.
  5. Roadside Poker – Take advantage of all those fields you’re passing on the highway by playing this game of “poker” where you assign each animal type a different value. For instance, a cow is worth five points, while a dog is worth 50 points. Passengers on the driver’s side of the car will scan that side of the road while the passenger’s side will play the other. Make it even tougher: If there is a cemetery on the opposite team’s side and your team notices it before they do, your opponent loses 100 points. First team to 400 wins.

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  1. Sweet and Sour – This game requires waving at passengers in passing cars. If it’s your turn, you get one point for “sweet” if they wave back. If no wave is returned, “sour” receives zero points. Award bonus points if the other car does something funny like make faces at you.
  2. Name That Tune – This classic never fails to bring a laugh, especially with car riders of different ages. Trying to recognize songs being hummed off-key by your kids just never gets old. You can also create a playlist on your smartphone or device beforehand to keep things moving quickly.
  3. Quick Draw – Using a sketch pad or dry erase board, players must try to be the first to name objects that are quickly drawn. If there are enough people in the car for teams, use a timer and tally points for each team.
  4. Word Races – See how many times players can find a designated word in a 10-minute period. For example, players may look for the word “driver” or “calm” on billboards/road signs and bumper stickers.
  5. Car Bingo – Search for free printable cards that players can use to mark off different types of vehicles they see on the road. (Convertibles, pick-up trucks, 18-wheelers, dump trucks, etc.)

Road trips are an excellent way to explore the open road and disconnect from the everyday hustle and bustle. Don’t miss out on the opportunity they offer to enjoy precious time with your family and friends.

Laura Jackson is a freelance writer based in Hilton Head, S.C. with her husband and two teenagers.

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7 Best Road Trip Games for Adults

Next week, a few friends and I are heading off on a road trip to DC. One of the friends has a sister there who flies helicopters for the government, so we figured we’d abuse the fact that she has an apartment half a mile from the National Mall to plan a pretty cheap vacation because what am I, made of money? (No. No, I am not.)

Next week, my friends and I will be road trippin’ to DC in this trusty, old Hyundai

While the traditional road trip games, like the alphabet game and the license plate game, can be good for the whole family, we plan to entertain ourselves in a more adult fashion. After a few celebratory Jell-o shots before embarking—don’t worry, none for the driver—we’ll look to some of these road trip games for adults to keep ourselves occupied.

Everyone needs some Jell-O shots if they will be passengers on a long, boring road trip. They are the perfect compliment to some good, old-fashioned adult road trip games.

Keep in mind, some of these games may be NSFW, in my experience.

He who counts the most cows, wins

Counting Cows

I owe this game to a friend from middle/high school, and she in turn owes it to her grandmother. I’ve heard other people play variations of this, but the original one I learned is absolutely the best. The car is divided down the middle. If you’re sitting on the left (driver) side of the car, you’re on a team together, and if you’re sitting on the right (passenger) side, you’re on a team together. During your trip, watch out your windows for cows to count; each cow you spot gets you a point, but you can only count cows on your side of the car.

The game does involve a bit of strategy. If you’re sitting on the passenger side of the car and spot some cows up ahead on the driver side, you can do your best to distract your opponents from looking out their windows and counting the cows. Maybe by suddenly singing out loud or asking them to identify a weirdly shaped mole on your belly.

A few extra rules: if you pass a church on your side, you double yours cows because they get married. If you pass a graveyard on your side, you lose all your cows because they die. And if you pass a dual church/graveyard situation, you’re a sick bastard, as you’ve just married off all your cows and killed them on their honeymoon.

And a bonus: if you spot a cow in a tree, that’s an automatic win.

Because Kevin Bacon is in everything

Six Degrees

You’ve likely heard of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. While this doesn’t have any adult content to it, it is much easier to play with adults who are familiar with cinema/TV. In this game, a player selects two film or TV stars. Then, all players race to figure out how the two are connected via other actors. For example, if the names are Steve Carell and Elijah Wood, you might determine that Steve Carell was in Date Night with Tina Fey, who starred in 30 Rock, which Steve Martin guest starred on. Steve Martin was in Planes, Trains and Automobiles with John Candy, who starred in Uncle Buck with Macaulay Culkin, who played the bad son in the Elijah Wood film, The Good Son. (Do I get extra points because Kevin Bacon actually makes a cameo in PTA?)

The first person to make such an association wins, and then selects the next two names to connect.

The best (worst?) time to play Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

I’m not sure where the old (and odd) expression comes from, but I’m recycling it to use as a title for this game. I’m hoping that the warm weather holds out and this game is not playable on the road trip I’m about to take, but it’s worth mentioning all the same.

This game is best left for the winter months and is rather simple. The driver and passengers must strip down to their undergarments and drive around on a cold night with the windows rolled down and the AC blasting. The last person to hold out on putting clothes back on wins the game.

Mad Libs
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Mad Libs

Mad Libs books are a cheap but worthy investment. Because blanks like “parts of the body” can be a bit suggestive when you are playing with an older crowd, it’s best to leave this game for when you have a car full of adults.

Though I suppose the game could be fun with kids—but only for the kids, unless you’d find humor in every word being either “poop” or “booger.” Okay, I take that back, it’d still be fun.

What’s Yours Like
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What’s Yours Like

You’ll have to shell out some cash to actually buy this game, but it’s worth the investment. In a typical round for this game, all but one player knows what the secret word is. The other players then take turns giving clues that help the person guess the word.

From what I understand, the game is only fun with the right people—players who know how to make a clue not too obvious but not too vague, all at the same time.

Would You Rather (though this is a version for the kiddies too)
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Would You Rather

The classic game of “Would You Rather” asks life’s toughest questions, like “Would you rather have to eat ten cockroaches every day for breakfast for the rest of your life or share a bedroom with a cockroach the size of a golden retriever for a year?” I include this game as an adult road trip game only because every time I’ve played this game, the questions get progressively more and more risqué.

If you want a more PG version, you can buy a book with premade “Would You Rather” questions—or, you know, just actively keep your mind out of the gutter.

If that headlight is burnt out, you’ve got yourself a Padiddle


This is another fun game to play at night (much like the Polar Plunge game). Whenever you spot a car with a headlight out, you must quickly slap the ceiling of the car. The last person to do so must remove an article of clothing. The game may seem a little childish, but with really competitive (or attractive) friends, it gets to be very interesting.

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If you’ve ever taken a family road trip – driven any distance with multiple kids in one vehicle – you may be familiar with the apparent law of the universe that says fighting must increase exponentially for every minute a family is on the road. A smart TravelingMom will find that having a bevy of road trip games in her arsenal not only keeps the children entertained, it also passes the time for the grown-ups riding with them. Check out these great road trip games for all age groups!

If the route is just a few minutes long and the kids get to drive, road trip games might not be necessary. For the rest of your drives, you’ll want something planned to keep everyone entertained! | Photo credit: Jennifer Kaufman

Why Brush Up on Road Trip Games?

Those who know me well know we almost never drive anywhere for a family vacation if we can fly. Between our three kids bickering in the backseat before we get out of the neighborhood, four of of us being very prone to carsickness, and at least one of us being short on patience when I we just want to get to my our destination, it’s definitely not our first choice.

Sometimes though, for closer trips or when flight prices just don’t make sense for a family of five, we find ourselves setting out on a bit of a road trip. When faced with such a predicament (she says, as she imagines several people completely baffled because they just love driving across the country together…), I know that our best chance of arriving in one piece is by having plenty to do to fight off the choruses of “I’m so booooooored,” and “Are we there yet?!” Besides – playing games as a family leads to great conversations and memory-making, even before the vacation really begins.

Many people know the old standby road trip games like Twenty Questions, License Plate Scavenger Hunt, I Spy, or any version of an alphabet game, but let’s be honest – sometimes those aren’t enough to maintain the family’s sanity for a several hour trip. We’ve got you covered, with some that might be new to you!

HedBanz, a board game much like 20 Questions, shouldn’t be overlooked when coming up with your list of must-play road trip games. | Photo credit: Jennifer Kaufman

TravelingMom tip: In addition to helping in the car, these travel games – by their very nature – are great for keeping kids entertained just about anywhere. We go straight to a few of them when in lines at our local theme parks, sitting in waiting rooms, and even at the dinner table! Many of them make excellent conversation starters.

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Games for Families and Kids of All Ages… even the Toddlers!

For all of these games – and really for road trip games in general – the rules can be pretty flexible. This makes them especially useful if you have young kids!

You can kick someone out if they break the streak and play until one player remains, give a certain number of “strikes” before someone is out, or work as a family to see how much you can accomplish together. Each of these can be played by just about anyone – from toddlers to grandparents!

Category ABCs – Basic

First, someone chooses a category and names something that fits, which begins with the letter A. The next person answers something still in the category beginning with B, and so on, until someone is stumped.

Example, for the category “Famous People”:

Alexander Hamilton
Barbara Streisand
Chuck Norris
Doris Day…

Category ABCs – Before and After

The variation we play most often involves (just a little) more strategy. Once again, the first person has to name something that fits a category – this time beginning with any letter they choose. The following person continues in the same category, naming something that begins with the last letter of the previous word.

Example, for the category “Animated Movies”:

“Nightmare before Christmas’

In My Suitcase

A popular camp game (perhaps known as “I’m going on a picnic…”), this one is actually good for working on your memory skills, too!

The first person starts by saying, “I’m going on a vacation, and I packed… ”. The second person repeats the sentence, repeats what the first person is bringing, and adds an object starting with the letter B. This continues with everyone repeating all of the previous items, before adding an item that begins with the next letter of the alphabet. See if you can get all the way from A to Z, or who forgets an item the quickest!


“I’m going on vacation, and I packed an apple.”
“I’m going on vacation, and I packed an apple and a baseball.”
“I’m going on vacation, and I packed an apple, a baseball, and a cookie.”

What am I Counting?

This guessing game is a new suggestion to me, and I can’t wait to try it out with my family! One person starts counting something out loud as they see it… but they don’t tell anyone what they are counting. Are they counting quickly as they pass car after car on the highway? Is the counting consistently spread out, like they may be counting exit signs or traffic lights? The rest of the players have to figure out what they are counting. It sounds like a variation on I Spy, and I think my kids will love it!

Car Trip Scavenger Hunt

Make a list ahead of time, or check out this adorable card version of a classic scavenger hunt – taken on the road!

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Road Trip Games for School Age Kids

Name the Most!

Similar to Category ABCs (above) and a bit like “Name that Tune” (in structure), this version of the family game takes things a step or two further. It’s also a bit more competitive, for the family members who only like games with winners and losers!

Someone (feel free to take turns, or rope in someone who doesn’t necessarily want to play…) begins by naming a category. The remaining players then have to wager how many items in the category they can name. Once one player feels like they couldn’t outdo the other, they challenge their opponent to, “Name them!”

The opponent then has to do just that; you can decide whether to time the responses (I suggest 5 seconds per attempted response). If the player is successful, award that person the same number of points as the number of responses they gave. If they fail to reach their goal, nobody receives any points! Don’t know where to start? How about the fifty states, US Presidents, African countries, works of Shakespeare, Star Wars or Disney characters from a particular movie, or names of stars in our galaxy?

20 Math Questions

I admit, this one may take a little more persuasion if your kids don’t love math. Mine do though (they come by it naturally…), so I’m including it.

Have a parent or other adult think of a number between 1 and 100. The kid(s) then ask math-related, yes or no questions such as, “Is your number odd? Is it a multiple of 5? Is it greater than 50? etc” to figure out your number. Feel free to give them a paper and pen so they can keep track… but no calculators!

The License Plate Game – and Variations

You may already play what we call simply, “The License Plate Game,” where you see how many different United States license plates you can “collect” on a road trip, during a summer, or during a calendar year. There are other fun variations you can also try!

Work as a team or against one another to find the numbers 0-9 and/or letters A-Z in order – either on license plates, or anywhere outside the vehicle (including road signs, etc).


This classic word game gets its name much like the basketball trick shot game called “HORSE.” A person earns a letter (G-H-O-S and then T) by losing a round of game play. Scoring “GHOST” eliminates that player, or “turns them into a ghost”.

To begin, one person says any letter. The next player adds a letter that does not make a 2-letter word, but is a fragment of an actual word. (For example, a round cannot start “Z” and then “F”, since “Z-F” is not the beginning of any real word in the English language.)

Each person in turn adds a letter, being careful not to actually complete any word. In order for game play to really work, a minimum is established before play of what word length must be reached before a player is “awarded” a letter. We typically say that a three-letter word does not give a player a letter, but anything larger does. So for example, if the letters in play are C-A-R, the player who added the R to form “car” is not out. The fourth letter however, should not be “D”, “E”, or “T”, because those form card, care, and cart, all complete, 4-letter words. The player could instead say “R”, thinking of perhaps “carriage” or “carrot”.

If a player cannot think of a letter that does not complete a word – or says a letter that the group agrees cannot be part of a valid word – that player loses the round and gets awarded a letter. Play continues until one champion is left standing.

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Great Road Trip Games for Tweens, Teens, and Adults

These games require just a little bit more knowledge than the alphabet and counting games. I think they’re even cool enough road trip games for tweens and teens to get involved!

Hum That Tune

One player starts the game by humming a well-known song. The first person to guess the tune correctly gets to be the next “hummer”. It sounds super simple, but it’s often trickier than it seems!

Sing-along String-along

This is another great one for a family of music lovers! First, one person sings (yes, sings!) a line of a song. Where they leave off, the next person has to connect it with another song lyric. Play continues until someone messes up or is stuck.


“it’s a small world after all…”
“All of me loves all of you…”
“You make me feel like a natural woman…”

Six Degrees of Movie Fun

To begin this one, one family member names any actor. The next person names a movie the actor was in. The following person names someone else in that movie that hasn’t already been said, and so on – going back and forth between movie titles and actors until someone is unable to answer.


Tom Hanks
Forrest Gump
Sally Field
Daniel Day-Lewis

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Collaborative Activities and Other Ways to Pass the Time on your Car Trip

These are activities that are less of a competition and more of a time-filler. They’re lots of fun though, and great ways to pass the time on your drive!

Miles of Smiles

From a fun road trip book of the same name, Miles of Smiles is simple. Everyone in the car smiles his or her biggest, cheesiest smile at passing drivers; keep track of how many smile back. Waving is allowed, but no silly faces!

Would You Rather…?

A simple question asks what someone would choose given two options… and often starts a lively discussion. You can purchase “Would You Rather” game cards with preprinted scenarios, or make up your own!


  • Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?
  • Would you rather speak every language in the world or play every instrument?
  • Would you rather have feet for hands or hands for feet?

(Un)fortunate Storytelling

This old improv game has provided plenty of laughs for our family. One person starts the story with a simple opening sentence. The next person builds on the story by saying, “Fortunately…. .” Person 3 follows by saying something unfortunate that could occur in the previous situation. Moving person-to-person, switch between fortunate and unfortunate situations. Be warned though, the stories can get pretty silly, pretty quickly!


I got a new puppy!
Unfortunately, he chewed a big hole in our carpet.
Fortunately, the hole revealed a hidden treasure map.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t read it.

Build Anticipation about your Destination

If your passengers don’t get car sick while reading, books about the place you’re traveling can help raise excitement while getting to your destination. Find books with great pictures for non-readers, books set in a particular destination or biographies of people from the area for school age kids, and “grown up” guide books or tees and teens. Alternatively, watching movies (on your built-in or after market DVD player) set in the place you’re going can make it seem more real and build anticipation.

Record Your Journey

There are lots of great travel journals available, for kids of all ages – and kids at heart. Traveling gives plenty of opportunities to write down experiences, memories, or even life lessons. Even those of us who don’t usually journal might take the opportunity to do so when away from home!

Listen to Audiobooks and Podcasts

Just about every time we’re in the car, my kids and I listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Not only does the time seem to pass more quickly without as many whines of, “Are we there yet?” but it’s usually pretty quiet if they’re engaged in the story. And, the whole family experiences new books, classic novels, learns something on a podcast, and more. Win-win-win!

Mad Libs and Other Puzzle Games

Mad Libs are a classic, dare I say All-American way to pass time as a family. The books come in countless varieties, on just about any topic you could want. They even help kids reinforce their parts of speech, so they’re learning – perhaps without even noticing!

If you’re playing with younger kids who are not yet familiar with basic parts of speech, explain them in a different way, or give examples from which the child can choose.

When I was growing up, we used to play what we simply called “the scan game” just about every time we were in the car, no matter how short or long the drive. We’d hit the scan button on the radio, and as it scrolled through stations we’d try to name the title and/or artist of a song, seeing how many we could get before it got back around to the starting channel.

That seems like an unlikely scenario anymore, since most people are listening to music on something other than a radio. Thankfully, we have a whole new list of ideas to keep us entertained; these are just a handful of them.

And you know what? Most of the time, it keeps the fighting at bay for like… a whole 20 minutes! Maybe, just maybe, this will even turn out to be your best road trip ever.

Do you play road trip games in the car? What is your family’s favorite?

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1. The license plate game

A car full of kids, a few pads of paper, pens and the open road. That’s all you need to keep the little ones entertained as they search for license plates from different countries, or if you’re in the US, different states. Scribble down the plates you find on paper (no cheating!). The person that has the most wins. You can raise the stakes by giving double points for naming the capital city of the country or state spotted, and you get triple points for diplomatic plates. And if you spot a presidential convoy? That’s an automatic win.

2. I Spy

It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling with babies, toddlers or teenagers: the key thing is to keep your passengers entertained, and one of the most loved classic children’s games, I Spy, is a great way to get children interested in the scenery and the route. Items such as ‘road’ ‘clouds’ and ‘sky’ are all predictable choices, but the chances of success can be increased by opting for more unusual options, such as unique landscape characteristics, like “glacier,” “valley” and “pasture.” But be warned: nothing says spoil-sport like selecting a target that zoomed past a mile back so players should make sure that the object is visible throughout their turn.

3. Punch buggy

Thought working out how to fit baby seats and what iPad games to download were the biggest obstacles when it comes to travelling with children? In reality, occupying their minds during long journeys can be the toughest challenge, and this next game keeps their brains occupied while honing their observational skills. The concept is simple: players give a little love tap to their fellow passenger whenever they spot a VW Beetle. Just don’t let them put too much power behind your punch; a little brother might put on brave face, but inside he’ll be seriously distraught that he just got taken down with a punch from his big sis. Interestingly, this game dates back to the 1960s and is believed to have its origins in a marketing campaign created by Volkswagen.

4. 20 questions

This is one of the best classic car games. Players simply pick a person and their fellow passengers have to guess who it is using only 20 questions. More ruthless players will opt for obscure personalities in order to prolong their turn but we recommend opting for well known figures to keep the game fresh. And to prevent Granny or Granddad losing interest and falling asleep.

5. Hold your breath

You’re heading in to the Blackwall Tunnel, and your chattering, giggling little darlings have left you in dire need of some quiet time. So why not kill two birds with one stone by challenging them to hold their breath for the entire length of the next road tunnel, until the next roundabout or until they spot a car in a certain colour? Time them to see how long they can hold on and whoever lasts the longest wins. Of course, if you run in to traffic the game is suspended. And just to be clear (and to avoid potential legal action) the point isn’t actually to avoid taking a breath for the entire length of time, but just to see who can hold their breath for the longest period of time.

6. Guess the time

You’ve bagged cheap tickets to Alton Towers, the cool-box is packed with sandwiches and fizzy pop, and you’re keen to jump on the latest stomach churning rollercoaster. How long is it until you’ll be scared senseless on Oblivion, or get your thrills on the log flume? Take turns guessing how long it’ll take to reach your destination. Just don’t let the driver use GPS before making their guess, and keep an eye out for impromptu toilet stops requested for the sheer purpose of adding minutes to the journey time.

7. Memory game

There are a few names for this one (including The Picnic Game and the Casserole Game) but they all start in a similar fashion. One passengers says “I’m going out on a picnic and I’m bringing…” followed by whatever item comes to mind. The next player has to remember that item and add something else to the story. Getting a part of the story wrong results in instant expulsion.

8. Quiet game

This is a true trump card in attempting to restore order in a car full of squabbling siblings. You’ve ignored the incessant arguing over whose turn it is to play Candy Crush on the iPad for the past 80 miles, but no more. How about a game of “Let’s see who can stay quiet the longest?” Hey presto, an instant end of moaning. It’s a great way to shoehorn in some time to enjoy the open road in blissful silence.

9. Would you rather?

Would you rather put your hand in a bowl of electric eels or dance naked while cockroaches are poured over your head? Neither option is particularly pleasing, but you’ve got to pick one: that’s the premise of this travel game. Everyone takes a turn choosing between a rock and a hard place. This game works equally well for adults and children.

10. Hot seat

This one is decidedly grown-up, but still a lot of fun. Every person in the car takes a turn in the ‘hot seat’ – once you’re in it other passengers will ask you five questions that you must answer. Usually you can veto one of the questions, but you can see how wild this game could get. Try avoiding giving an answer that’s going to annoy fellow travellers and creating an awkward atmosphere for the next four hours.

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When compiling our list of best racing games, we strived to include games of all stripes, as well as both recent releases and classics. We narrowed our list down to 20 excellent racing games. Besides a few carefully considered selections, we only included one game from each franchise. If you’re looking to burn virtual rubber, these are the games you should add to your library.

Burnout 3: Takedown

In terms of over-the-top arcade racing action, no game has done it better than Burnout 3: Takedown. The 2004 title from Criterion Games for PS2 and Xbox upped the carnage from the first two entries in the series to create a constantly riveting experience. Sure, Burnout 3 had traditional races, but rather than trying to steer clear of other racers, the main fun came from slamming into their vehicles.

As damage accrued, you could eventually total their vehicle and in turn, increase your chances of winning. The takedown mechanic thrived in the new Road Rage mode, which tasked you with totaling a set number of cars within a time limit.

Burnout 3 was at its best, however, when playing multiplayer with friends to see who could rack up the most takedowns in a single event. With slick arcade handling, bombastic crashes, and a wide variety of game modes for both solo and multiplayer play, Burnout 3: Takedown remains one of the best arcade racing games ever.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the brilliant culmination of 25 years of Nintendo cart racing games. Featuring a wondrous collection of tracks both old and new, a large roster of customizable characters, and enough cheap items to ruin friendships, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is easily the best Mario Kart game ever made. It’s also, undoubtedly, the greatest cart racer of all time.

While the Grand Prix mode offers four different difficulty levels to master, Mario Kart has always gotten its legs from multiplayer. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has both local and online multiplayer for both traditional races and the battle mode. Yes, it’s a port of a Wii U game, but it contains all of the DLC as well as new characters and battle mode variants.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launched on Switch in 2017, but it remains one of the top sellers on the console today. In fact, nearly 50 percent of Switch owners have purchased Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. That number seems low to us. If you own a Switch, you should have a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Read our full Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review

Diddy Kong Racing

Diddy Kong Racing was the best cart racer on Nintendo 64. Yes, even better than Mario Kart 64. Starring characters from Rare franchises, Diddy Kong Racing had a novel single player campaign at the time. Set in an open world called Timber’s Island, you visited five different biomes, completing four races and a boss fight in each world.

While the cart controls weren’t as slick as those seen in Mario Kart, the tracks were more varied, including ones designed for water hovercrafts and small planes. The boss fights were set up as obstacle courses, where getting hit too many times while driving would squash your attempt. Even though the single player is what stood out, the multiplayer, especially the battle mode, gave Diddy Kong Racing some serious legs.

Forza Motorsport 7

Forza Motorsport 7 is the ultimate simulation racing game for Xbox One. The team at Turn 10 Studios really outdid themselves with features sure to delight any and all gearheads. With more than 700 vehicles and a wealth of customization options, Forza Motorsport 7 has arguably the most impressive catalog of cars available in a racing game thus far.

On top of the car list, Motorsport 7 has more than 30 locations scattered throughout the world. What makes these locations even better is the dynamic weather system that affects track conditions in new and surprising ways. If you want a realistic racing game on Xbox One or PC, look no further than Forza Motorsport 7.

Read our full Forza Motorsport 7 review

Forza Horizon 4

The Horizon sub-series offers a decidedly different experience than the super-serious Motorsport mainline series. Developed by Playground Games, Forza Horizon 4 substitutes hyper-realism for an experience that falls halfway between simulation and arcade.

Set in a beautiful open world version of the UK, Horizon 4 has a stellar lineup of more than 400 cars and tons of racing activities to partake in. In the main online mode, each server hosts 72 players, with competing cars controlled by “Drivatars,” AI racers that model their strategies and racing capabilities off of real players.

Horizon 4 also has a dynamic weather system that leans into the extreme, such as freezing surfaces and torrential storms. The track editor lets users create and share their own races online, upping the replay value significantly. If Motorsport 7 is a bit too serious for you, Horizon 4 lightens the mood on Xbox One and PC.

Read our full Forza Horizon 4 review

Mario Kart: Double Dash

Although Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best game in the series, Mario Kart: Double Dash earns a spot on our list for its willingness to take inspired risks. The GameCube racer added an extra seat to each cart, opening up the door for the first, and still only, cooperative gameplay seen in the series.

With one player steering and the other handling the items, Mario Kart: Double Dash made multiplayer races far more interesting than ever before, especially with the special items that each character had in their arsenal.

Double Dash, despite the innovation, could still be played conventionally as a solo player for the Grand Prix and multiplayer modes. We’d love to see Double Dash‘s two-seat carts return in a future Mario Kart game, or maybe even as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC.

Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

Sony’s Gran Turismo series is still burning rubber today, but Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec still represents a high water mark for the racing sim. Launching during the first year of the PS2’s lifecycle, Gran Turismo 3 was the most realistic racing game ever released at the time. The Simulation mode saw players gradually work their way through different license classes, refining their skills and unlocking new cars.

Gran Turismo 3 was one of the first racing games that really got you thinking about the nitty gritty of the vehicles you controlled. The wide variety of event types, including some incredibly daunting endurance races, made Gran Turismo 3 more of a grind than most racers. Mastering the ins and outs of Gran Turismo 3‘s tough but realistic controls took patience and time, but when it all clicked, it was more than worth it.


2010’s Blur from Activision was the closest game to the Burnout franchise we’ve seen. Using real world cars, Blur’s arcade racing had an emphasis on stunts, pleasing the fans, and running other racers off the road. But Blur also had a feature typically reserved for cart racers: items.

Acquiring power-ups throughout the match allowed you to do things like shoot other racers and Blur introduced these mechanics in fun ways. Running through designated icons would force you to perform a specific action in order to earn a powerful boost. Sometimes you’d have to perform an airborne trick, and other times you’d have to test your drifting skills.

Slick, forgiving handling made Blur easy to pick up. The diversity and unexpectedness of the gameplay gave Blur that sense of excitement typically reserved for Burnout and cart racers.

Need for Speed Rivals

The most prolific racing game franchise of all time, Need for Speed titles have almost always been good. Few have been great, though. Need for Speed Rivals, a game that straddled the line between two console generations, proved to be the most impressive entry yet.

Set in an open world, Rivals refined the cops and robbers mechanic from Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, implementing unique narratives depending on which role you took. An RPG of sorts, with each stunt-fueled objective completed, your driver leveled up. Rivals blurred the line between single player and multiplayer by letting you join up with friends without leaving an instance of your game.

Burnout Paradise

Only three racing franchises earned multiple spots on this list. Burnout Paradise, the most recent entry in the basically dormant series, took the high octane arcade racer into the open world. Set in Paradise City, Burnout Paradise benefited from better hardware when it launched on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2008. Featuring similar stunt-fueled gameplay seen in previous entries, the newfound freedom helped highlight Burnout’s strengths.

While Paradise City was littered with various events and objectives, much of the fun was created by you, the player, in the playground setting. The new Cops and Robbers game mode showed off how Burnout’s dazzling crash formula could thrive in the open world. A remastered version was released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018. So if you’re looking for an excellent arcade racer with tons of value, Burnout Paradise is a great option.

F1 2018

The F1 series has been developed by Codemasters for the last decade. With each entry, the series has gotten better and better. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that F1 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC earns a spot on our list.

An exact replica of the 2018 Formula One World Championship, F1 2018 has the 21 circuits, ten teams, and 20 drivers that participated in the 2018 season. In short, there’s no better way to feel closer to Formula One action than with F1 2018. The photo-realistic visuals are particularly impressive.

With a stable of luxury F1 cars, including the McLaren M23, and a progression system that forces you to make choices about car upgrades that will affect the rest of the season, F1 2018 is an enthralling and well-made approximation of Formula One racing that shouldn’t be missed.

Read our full F1 2018 review

Dirt Rally

Like F1 2018, Dirt Rally was developed by Codemasters — though the two racing experiences couldn’t be more different. Dirt Rally has both off-road and traditional track races inspired by multiple locations throughout the world.

As a rally-focused racer, Dirt Rally is unique in that it feels like both an arcade game and a simulation. The off-road courses are much more chaotic than you’d see in sims, but that doesn’t mean they are easy to traverse. For instance, the rallying leads to popped tires and other unfortunate car troubles that lead to disappointing finishes. Of course, these mishaps can be avoided if you learn how to handle the modified rally cars efficiently. Asynchronous multiplayer adds to the fun and the wide variety of cars from numerous decades makes for an interesting experience.

Excite Truck

Remember Excitebike for NES? Great. How about Excite Truck, the Nintendo Wii launch game and the third entry to the series? Though not as well known and largely overshadowed by other Wii launch games (Wii Sports, Twilight Princess), Excite Truck made excellent use of Wii’s motion controls to provide a fast and incredibly fun off-road racing game.

Featuring a star system that rewards both fast and flashy play, Excite Truck always compelled you to revisit tracks to find new shortcuts and execute more tricks. At the time, Wiimote motion controls were brand new, but Excite Truck controlled like a dream, from drifting around winding turns to performing full spins off of the tracks’ many jumps.

Trackmania Turbo

Trackmania Turbo for PS4, Xbox One, and PC is perfect for short bursts, whether you want to play solo or multiplayer. Unlike many other racing games on this list, Trackmania Turbo‘s tracks are very short.

With more than 200 in all, your goal in many of the single player events is to beat a clock while performing tricks. It’s a challenging endeavor that forces you to quickly learn the twists and turns of each track.

A novel co-op mode sees two players controlling one car simultaneously and unlike most racing games nowadays, it also supports local multiplayer for up to four players. Trackmania Turbo also has a track editor that lets you create and share new tracks.

Wipeout Omega Collection

Wipeout Omega Collection compiles two of the best games in the anti-gravity, futuristic racing series: Wipeout HD (PS3) and Wipeout 2048 (PS Vita). The name of the game in Wipeout is speed. Zipping around the 26 tracks in Omega Collection has never looked better with high definition visuals and a crisp 60fps.

Since it contains two games, Omega Collection is brimming with content, from tournament modes to time trials to the battle variants that turn Wipeout into a dazzling action game. If you want to feel like you’re racing in the future, Wipeout Omega Collection for PS4 is well worth your time.

Star Wars Episode 1: Racer

Star Wars Episode 1: Racer was the best thing to come out of The Phantom Menace. The pod racing title for N64, Dreamcast, and PC let you relive the best moments of the movie across several planets. With 23 unlockable racers and 25 tracks, Racer had a ton of content for a racing game released in 1999.

The pods were fairly easy to control and zipped along at blazing speeds. Episode 1: Racer is one of the best licensed Star Wars games, and that’s saying a lot considering how many have released over the years.

‘Driver: San Francisco’

Driver: San Francisco for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii had more of a storyline than most games on this list. An action adventure racing game set in an open world, its campaign included several different types of events, but the standout feature was Shift.

In a change from previous entries, the ability to exit your vehicle was removed in favor of an instant shift ability that bounced you from car to car. The mechanic worked as seamlessly as advertised and added to the versatility of missions, injecting them with new layers of strategy.

The local and online multiplayer modes also stood out thanks to a lavish list of about 20 different variants, from regular races to vehicular tag to cops and robbers.

‘F-Zero GX’

While the F-Zero series has fallen off in recent years, we still have incredibly fond memories of zooming around as Captain Falcon in the 2003 GameCube title, F-Zero GX. Like other F-Zero games, GX excelled by offering one of the most thrillingly fast experiences in the genre.

With 30 ships on the winding, obstacle-ridden tracks at once, coming out on top was always an immense challenge. F-Zero GX was essentially the twitchy-fingered precision platformer of racing games. Memorizing track layouts went a long way, but being quick on the joy-stick and strategic with power-ups and boosts was the difference between first and second place.

‘Out Run’

The oldest game on this list, Out Run appeared in arcade cabinets in 1986. At the time, Out Run was a visual marvel, as the Ferrari Testarossa Spider was rendered in 3D. A race against the clock, Out Run asked players to maneuver turns, traffic, and other road obstacles in order to make it to one of five randomized spots.

Sure, Out Run may feel somewhat boring today, but it’s one of the most influential racing games of all time. If you want a blast of nostalgia, you can download Sega Ages: Out Run on Nintendo Switch today.

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Best Car Games for Android: Top 10 Reviewed For You

Playing racing games is one of the best ways for entertainment. Nowadays, playing games have come within mobile phones, tabs, and other devices. There will be very few people who will not show interest in playing car games. There are lots of games available in the Play Store, but you always search for the best one so that we can utilize our time correctly for the recreation. So we will highlight the top 10 best car games for Android.

Best Car Games For Android

In this article, I shall highlight the top 10 best car games for Android. These games were chosen after seeing the download volumes, the rating of the users, comments of the users, etc. We got the selected games which will be entertaining you during your leisure time. At the same time, you will get the best one for your perfect entertainment. So let’s see the top 10 best car games for Android.

1. City Racing 3D

City Racing 3D is a mind-blowing game for Android devices. The graphics of the game are very nice. The game has a huge volume of downloads and installs. The way this game is a nice one in the same way it is very addictive. This game achieved a big rating in gameplay, graphics, and control. Now let’s see the essential features of the games. I can assure you this game has excellent features that will force you to download and install the game.

Important Features

  • It supports Wi-Fi multiplayer racing mode,
  • All the car tracks and graphics realistic.
  • You will get many free supermodel cards.
  • You can easily select a new car, and the controls are straightforward.
  • Upgradation of vehicles and customization of them is very easy.
  • You can decorate your cars with fresh colors and stickers.
  • With a Wi-Fi connection, you get real-time racing.
  • You can race infamous places like Paris, Chicago, London, Cairo, etc.
  • There are plenty of racing modes in the game.

2. Asphalt 8: Airborne

This game will give you the experience of many dream cars and bikes. It allows you to play with some hot and very high-performance dream machines ever created. You will feel the luxury of real racing. While playing on the street will get the feeling of getting airborne by heating ramps and something similar to that. So besides driving, you will also get the feeling of flying. The game has an excellent rating in gameplay, graphics, and controls. The game is also rich in its features.

Important features

  • The game has a collection of over 220 cars and bikes.
  • You will get the top classes high-performance machines.
  • The realistic sounds of the engines make you feel like Real Racing.
  • You can get Airborne by hitting the ramps while driving both cars and bikes.
  • You can even perform 360-degree jumps.
  • You have the flexibility to select any track you want from a vast collection.
  • You can get the taste of real-time racing with the multiplayer mode.
  • You can customize your controls very quickly.
  • There are a total of 9 seasons and more than 400 events in career mode.

3. Asphalt 9: Legends – 2019’s Action Car Racing Game

This is one of the best arcade racing game. You will get many cars from renowned manufacturers. The game will help you to drive your dream cars. At the same time, you will be able to drive them to very famous places around the world. The game has a massive volume of downloads. You will get the maximum flexibility in this game, and you can play the whole game the way you like.

  • This racing game is hyper-realistic arcade games.
  • You can play with the most prestigious Motorcars available in the world now.
  • It has a collection of more than 50 best speed machines in the world.
  • Racing visual effects are like block blockbuster race movies.
  • The customization of cars is straightforward.
  • You can play with real-time players or with an AI player.
  • There are a total of 60 seasons and 800 events.
  • You can create your online community.

4. Asphalt Nitro

Now you can take control of luxury licensed cars in this game. This awesome game will make you addicted to playing racing games. The game is a Monster pack of only 35 MB. The game is excellent with its great cars, and the tracks are outstanding for driving these cars. The game allows you to burn up the streets and the sky. However, the game may not launch with Intel Atom processor devices.

Important features

  • The game is a collection of all luxury licensed cars.
  • You can put the speed limit by burning the nitro.
  • You can get Airborne by heating the ramps.
  • You can choose different game modes and challenge your opponents.
  • You can choose gorgeous locations across the globe.
  • The hidden shortcuts will add more interest to the game

5. Real Racing 3

Now you can take your driving skill to an extreme level. Real Racing 3 has reached a new standard for mobile racing games. It has got a massive volume of downloads. The game has on different prizes for its excellence. It will give you the exact experience of playing in different locations with great cars. You will enjoy every step of this game with its real-time multiplayer option. Real tracks, real people, real cars will make you feel the game a super one.

  • It is the collection of more than 140 different cars that are manufactured by the most renowned manufacturers.
  • You can get the taste of 17 real tracks in multiple configurations around the globe.
  • The multiplayer option allows you to play with real people.
  • You can very easily customize your car and make your car the way you want.
  • The controls are straightforward, and you can customize the controls the way you want.

6. GT Racing 2: The Real Car Exp

GT Racing 2 features most of the prestigious cars in the world. You will get an extreme level of enjoyment by playing this game both in solo and multiple moods. Like other racing games, this game also allows you to play with different luxury cars in different locations of the world. You will get the most realistic dynamics ever offered by handle games with the new Physics model. This game will take you to a new world of real racing games.

  • It has a collection of 71 license cards with 13 tracks.
  • It has a vast collection of real cars from more than 30 prestigious manufacturers.
  • There are about 1400 events to show your driving skills.
  • You will get 28 new challenges each week.
  • You will also get different weather effects.
  • There are four different types of camera views while playing the game.
  • There is no annoying waiting for repairing and no expenditure for it.
  • You can play with real-time players with the multiplayer mode.
  • You can play as a team and accomplish a common goal.

7. Crazy for Speed (Best Car Games For Android)

This is a racing simulation game for sports cars. The real sound effects and 3D graphics will blow your mind while playing the game. The first person or third person perspective view will allow you to control the game very easy. You can explore a lot of tracks around the world with super speed cars. While driving, you can roll, drift comma and fly your vehicles with the stylish maneuver.

  • The game has very realistic graphics and sound effects.
  • It has the collection of use supercars.
  • A considerable number of tracks are available.
  • There is a new mode call driving license exam mood.
  • You can very easily upgrade and customize your car.
  • The gameplay and controls are straightforward.

8. Drift Max Pro – Car Drifting Game with Racing Cars

This is the greatest drifting game ever built. The game is excellent in control, smooth gameplay and amazing graphics. Besides racing,g you can get the exquisite taste of drifting. Like The Other racing games, this game has a variety of car collection. With the vast car collection. It has an extensive collection of tracks. The game allows you to see the outstanding videos of how you played. Overall, this is a tremendous drifting game.

  • It has excellent car modification options.
  • You can customize and modify any part of your vehicle.
  • You can play with the career mode with a total of 10 seasons.
  • There are more than 100 challenges.
  • Besides different challenges, you can enjoy the free rides.
  • You can choose different camera views.
  • You do not need an internet connection once you install the game.

9. Assoluto Racing: Real Grip Racing & Drifting

This game allows you to drive and drift in the best possible way. You can play with different cars in different locations with real-time players. The game is highly realistic, and you will experience real physics while playing the game. Besides giving you the enjoyment, this game takes care of your choice and let you decorate your cars the way you wish. The vast download volume tells the popularity of this game.

  • You can choose your car from an extensive collection of prestigious manufacturers.
  • The Physics, sounds, controls are highly realistic.
  • You can easily customize your car.
  • Customization includes adjusting gear ratios, reducing weights, improving torque and horsepower, and many more.
  • You can get real driving experience in Touge, and sections of the Tokyo highway.

10. Pocket Rally LITE

This game is famous for its simplicity. However, this game comes with a total of 65 levels of the full version. You will get the taste of old school Rally Racing game with smart device experiences. Realistic car physics, stunning graphics, and cool music will give you a different touch of the racing game. This feature-rich game will blow your mind. It has a perfect rating of gameplay, graphics, and controls.

  • It is an exact car model.
  • The racing tracks are stunning where mountains, coastlines, and ancient city ruins are included.
  • You can tune your car physics to both realistic and fun.
  • There are six different control modes for playing the game.
  • You can choose any of the three camera modes.
  • You can play with AI opponents, and you can select up to 4 opponents in a single race.
  • There are two main game modes to play where one is challenge mode, and another is single race mode

Finally, Insights

We all like to play car games at the same time we want to get the best games. I have taken an endeavor to get some good car games for Android so that you can quickly get your favorite one. I hope you have reached your desired car games from the article. If you think there are more games better than these, you are requested to comment them below and let us know. That will help us to increase our knowledge and refer someone to a good game.