Leave Gravity in the Dust: The best Android arcade racing game series reaches a new turning point! Perform dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts in an intense driving experience powered by a brand-new physics engine! Luxury Dream Cars: 47 high-performance cars (80% of them NEW!), top licensed manufacturers and models such as Lamborghini Veneno, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FXX and Pagani Zonda R. Newly recorded high-fidelity car motor sounds for realistic audio immersion. Get Airborne hit the ramps and take the race above the track, perform barrel rolls and wild 360, jumps Maneuver through the air and pull stunts while racing
Release Date: 22/08/2013
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows
Asphalt 8 Airborne Review: Arcade-like Drift Racing
Gameloft’s highly successful racing game earned its way to the top with its amazing gameplay, massive lineup of great cars, and best of all, very stylish delivery. There is no doubt that this game has set a new benchmark for other racing game developers for mobile apps –and it does so in both gameplay and delivery. As the title suggests, this game features a whole lot of air time as you send your vehicle racing off cliffs, ramps, unfinished highways, building windows, and so much more. Pushing things even further, this game will bring out the hard edged competitor in you with its Burnout-inspired takedown mechanic.
From the Ground to the Air
While real-life drifting takes plenty of skill with handling a car, Asphalt 8 takes out all the needless effort and delivers drift-racing right at your fingertips with a simplified control system. While it does take a little bit of practice to learn, soon you will find yourself doing continuous drifts for well over several hundred meters (no, seriously, there are optional objectives that require you to do that). The key to doing this well is finding the right control configuration that works for you –the game has three different types (the auto-accelerate type is, so far, the easiest to use).
Sending your car soaring is a simple matter of getting a good speed before launching off a ramp –while you can do this just by manual acceleration, the best results come from a boost of speed from using your nitro. Depending on how you hit the ramp, your car can also perform a corkscrew or a mid-air tailspin instead of a regular leap. The corkscrew is done by either going off the ramp at an angle (some ramps are designed to have an angle) while the tailspin is done when you perform a drift just before launching. Doing either of these stunts is sure to give your nitro tank a massive refill.
Staying Up to Speed
The initial stages of the game are a great place to farm credits and more importantly practice driving. Most of the later challenges can get pretty hairy if you have not yet mastered the game’s most important mechanics. Combining drifts with stuns is the key to maintaining your nitro tank which you will want to constantly use during high-speed races. Opponents tend to have really good, fast, and tuned cars which can be hard to keep up with if you do not make the best use of your nitro.
Another major factor in the race is the circuit itself. There are several circuits in the game ranging from the Great Wall to a shuttle launchpad, and each of these courses have alternate routes. Each path will have its own pros and cons, some are shorter but more dangerous, others are longer but have critical powerups. Depending on how you race and how well you know a course, you can either have a really large lead or fail to get a good position. Again, practice on various courses at lower levels so that you can get used to them
Excellent Visual Presentation
Everything about this game is flashy –just the way it was meant to be. From the moment you start the race, to the moment of impact when you take an opponent down, and right till the race ends, the game fills yours eyes with a graphical overload of shiny cars, robust environments, and some of the most stylish racing scenes ever done in a game. Fans of the Burnout series will find many parallels here which kind of makes Asphalt a mobile homage.
The Verdict: Accessible Awesomeness
Asphalt 8 Airborne manages to make the most out of the mobile platform thanks to the fact that it combines good controls with well planned graphics and finely polished game mechanics. The extensive and creative stages makes them worth racing on over and over again while the large array of vehicles means that there is always something new to collect or upgrade. If you love high speed racing and want something on the mobile that comes close to matching up the stuff on consoles, then you cannot possibly find a game better than this.
Asphalt 8 Airborne is developed by Gameloft.