Review: Need for Speed No Limits (Android)

Race for dominance in the first white-knuckle edition of Need for Speed made just for mobile – from the developer that brought you Real Racing 3. Build your dream ride with an unbelievable range of cars and customizations.

Need for Speed No Limits (2)


  • Crisp detailed graphics.
  • Auto accelerate control.
  • Three control types: Tap screen, Tilt controls and virtual diving.
  • Google Play achievements.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Earn rep by winning races and completing accomplishments. Level up and unlock new races and bonus items.
  • Crate gives a random card with either a material or car blueprint. Both crates can be bought with in game cash or gold. Crates come in two flavors:
    • Standard: You get low level unlocks and 5 free crates daily that unlock every 10 minutes.
    • Premium: your higher level unlocks and you get one free every 48 hours.
  • Gold is the premium currency in game and can be bought with real money. You can earn gold by winning chapter boss races and doing accomplishments.
  • Fuel: You get 10 units and races take x amount of fuel units. Finishing a chapter does replenish the fuel counter.
  • Underground race series: Base game where you do a set of varied race types and then face off against a boss at the end of the chapter. Chapters are made up of x amount of races as it varies.
  • Car series: Specialist events like Japanese cars only or only Subaru cars. Each section has 5 events and reward you after each one. Get to the end for a big reward and unlock the next set.
  • Tournament unlocks at level 15.
  • Mod shop: Use visual points to spray your car,wheels and tint. Buy and equip new body parts like bumpers and spoilers.
  • Races either have a guaranteed reward or you get to blindly choose one of three cards to reveal your reward.
  • Cards are what materials and blueprints are stored on. Materials are used to upgrade cars whilst collecting a set amount of blueprints of one car will unlock that car.
  • When you complete a full set of materials in a particular area like engine,turbo or ECU as an example, You get to fully upgrade the item to the next level increasing the star rating and unlocking more upgrade opportunities.
  • Daily assignments are a list of things you can do to earn bonus gold. Things like do 10 races, Drift 500 metres as an example.
  • Cars have a performance rating and this determines race difficulty.
  • Special events: As of yet one hasn’t happened but it boasts the chance to unlock rare one of a kind kits and upgrades.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Accelerate mini game. In races you get 3 seconds to hit the green part of the speedo for a perfect launch bonus.
  • End of race breakdown grants bonus money for launch, drift, draft, near misses and air time scores.
  • No ads encountered.
  • Car showroom: buy new car blueprints and unlocks at level 15.
  • Black market: Buy random materials and blueprints with gold or in game cash.
  • Police can join races and attempt to mess you up.
  • Damage bar: Increases as you hit cars or walls. Fill it up and its game over.

Need for Speed No Limits (3)


  • Battery drain.
  • Hits from opponents count against you.
  • Cannot change view.
  • Very repetitive game play.
  • Few pop up instances.
  • Assignments menu can be tricky to back out of.
  • No social integration like online racing or leader boards.
  • Police chases never happen.
  • Doesn’t really do anything different from other top racing games.

Need for Speed No Limits (4)

So a new Need for Speed mobile game hits just as a new console one is due. Here we get a really good looking fun to play game. With zero adverts and a fair fuel consumption mechanic, The game doesn’t force you to spend money in any way. In fact the gold premium is only used early on to buy upgrades to make life easier, That being said it chucks gold at you so you never have the desire to drop money. Now that could change as you progress but up to level 15 at least, I have had no need to spend real money. The game is fun to play and the tap controls I found to be the best using a simple swipe up to use nitro and swipe down to enter drift. You have your now trademark moves like near misses, air time and drafting to increase your nitro bar, The AI for the most part is fair but aggressive. My only real bug bear is for all its fancy graphics and fun game play, It doesn’t do anything particularly new or unique. I mean racing for exp and unlocks is just the norm. Couple that with no social interaction and in many ways its actually behind other games. In short its a great little time waster but you will soon grow bored of the same race formula over and over.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!