Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 30, 2012
    Even with the most critical of eyes, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is still easily one of the best racers on the platform to date. You would have to be crazy not to take this hot rod out for a nice long joy ride. EA and Firemonkey have once again re-defined what it means to play racing games on iOS.
  2. Nov 2, 2012
    Superficial tuning, an unbalanced difficulty level: Aside from the visuals this as average an arcade racer can get.
  3. Nov 5, 2012
    Sporting some of mobile racing's best graphics to date, a variety of powerful vehicles to unlock, and the menacing presence of "the law" to throw a monkey wrench into the standard racing formats, Need For Speed: Most Wanted not only plays fantastically, but looks great doing it.
  4. Nov 5, 2012
    The beauty is only skin deep in Need for Speed Most Wanted - sharp graphics and solid controls make it entertaining in short bursts, but those looking for a challenging ride and variety in their vehicles will be disappointed.
  5. Oct 30, 2012
    If you can fight through the lack of variety and questionable design decisions, Most Wanted mobile is decent little companion to the full retail release. It might not be the best racing game on the mobile market, but if you're hurting for virtual driving on the go, you should think about picking it up.
  6. Oct 30, 2012
    With gorgeous visuals and smooth controls, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a great, if unsurprising, pick for your mobile racing needs.
  7. Nov 19, 2012
    Need for Speed Most Wanted Mobile is not as good as the console version. No free roaming and a clumsy control scheme: Real Racing is still the king on iOs and Android platforms.
  8. Nov 9, 2012
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted is one of the better arcade racing games in the App Store thanks to its fantastic graphics and smooth controls. It doesn't match its console siblings due to a lack of depth and expansiveness, but offers a relatively serious racing experience given its limited form.
  9. Oct 30, 2012
    One of the best racing games available on iOS, rivaled only by Firemint's own Real Racing series.
  10. Oct 30, 2012
    It alternates between frustrating and exhilarating. The courses all look incredible, but also all look the same.
  11. Jan 2, 2013
    All in all, it is a fun, fast-paced frenetic game.
  12. Nov 26, 2012
    An excellent and complete arcade racer. The short and intense races work great on the mobile platform. The many cars, challenging opponents and annoying police make sure you'll never have a moment of boredom. The only downside is that too much of the races are held on the same track.
  13. Oct 30, 2012
    If all you want is a visually stimulating arcade style racer, this Need For Speed checks the right boxes. Its price is a bit steep, at $9.99 and $6.99 for iOS and Android, respectively, but those willing to spend the cash shouldn't walk away disappointed. Penny pinchers, though, should give Gameloft's Asphalt 7: Heat a serious look, since it provides a similar experience for just $0.99.
  14. Nov 7, 2012
    Most Wanted on smartphones is a wonderful looking game that lacks some quality gameplay wise.
  15. Oct 30, 2012
    While the lack of multiplayer is a huge shame, there's more than enough single player and social content in Need for Speed: Most Wanted to make it a must-buy.
  16. Oct 30, 2012
    This isn't a game for racing sim purists. But with dozens of cars to unlock and plenty of tracks to race on, Need for Speed Most Wanted will satisfy anyone who loves cars and the sound of a roaring engine.
  17. Oct 30, 2012
    I'm having an absolutely fabulous time playing Need For Speed Most Wanted. It's not the deepest racer in the world, but I've never felt that arcade racers need to come with loads of depth as they're all about just driving cars you'll never be able to afford, going fast as you can, and rapid-firing "that was awesome" moments: Three things Most Wanted totally nails in my book.
  18. Oct 29, 2012
    It may not reinvent the wheel, but it doesn't do anything much wrong as such and if all you're looking for is a fix of speed, you won't be disappointed.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Nov 2, 2012
    Beautiful graphics, engaging gameplay, stellar framerate even on older devices. Overall the best iOS arcade racer to date. But there is a minor downside to me: cops never chase your opponents, even if you're going last they will target only you. Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2012
    I have this game on my Android phone & it's amazing! It's much better than the PC & console version except the fact that cops only chase you & tend to ignore your opponents. Full Review »
  3. Jan 2, 2013
    Great graphics, great racing environments and (to me) one of the best iOS based racing game out there so far. Be wary of the cops - for some reason, they have a strage attachment to you and your car, and will not pursue your opponents. Full Review »