Asphalt 8: Airborne Review

Game summary
Developer: Gameloft | Genre: Arcade Racing | Platforms: iOS, Android | Price: $0.99

Asphalt 8: Airborne is finally out! After first launching on the iPhone in its fourth iteration years ago, the game has evolved tremendously and the latest Asphalt arrives simultaneously on both Android and iOS, the world’s two most popular platforms. With steady improvements for years on, Asphalt 8 culminates to be one of the best arcade racing games on mobile. Here’s why.

Gameplay feels like an action movie

Before you get to play the game, you have to download a whopping 1.5GB of data. The wait is well worth it. Once you launch it, you’ll instantly feel like you’re in an action movie. The adrenaline kicks off from the start and you quickly realize this game is all about speed and aggressiveness, fast and furious, and we really mean both. It’s all about the action from the very start: drift, jump off platforms, hit other cars, you’ll quickly forget your thoughts of safe driving - all to get you more precious nitro, pushing the pedal down to the floor again and again after every other drift. 

There is not a hint of realism - for that you’d have to go to games like Real Racing 3, but there is not a hint of tranquility either - the game keeps you on the edge all the time.

The amazing graphics and wide selection of the newest cars are just the background. But boy is it a good looking background. With a brand new physics engine and sharper graphics, the game truly looks like a console masterpiece, not a mobile game. The cars are amazing - you start off with enough money to buy just one, but as you progress the game would require you to buy new cars to enter certain events and progress. You have got all the mainstream cars plus some exotics - we loved that we could buy a Tesla Model S, and more expensive cars like Mercedes, Lamborghini, Marussia, Koenigsegg and even some concept cars were all welcome additions.

The action packed gameplay is addictive and we mean it. The adrenaline you get from the speed and the dynamics of the game will keep you wanting to play “just one more track.” The game is not easy! You’d be able to win the first few events without much effort, but you’d find yourself putting a lot of extra effort to get the maximum amount of stars for each track later on. And that money is piling up way too slow given how expensive top car models are.

Asphalt 8: Airborne has a ton of replay value and countless hours of gameplay. There might be eight tracks (all of them are gorgeous), but you have a whopping 8 seasons with 15 tracks each. That’s a total of 120 challenges! You’d have to replay a lot of the challenges to either finish first, or do some tricks for an extra star.

Asynchronous multiplayer means you can race your friends anytime

Then there is multiplayer. Asynchronous multiplayer means you can race your friends even when they are not online. That happens via a ghost car, a recorded interpretation of your friend’s racing history. Multiplayer is even more fun and you find yourself hitting that nitro harder and going more aggressive against your opponents when you realize they are actual humans. You can pick one of three types of events and your favorite track, and if the majority of votes agree with yours you play that exact type of challenge.

Priced at the affordable $0.99, virtually everyone can afford to buy the game and this one dollar price has allowed the developer to keep in-app purchases less intrusive and not in your face. Remember Real Racing 3 where you had to wait for hours (literally!) for car repairs? There’s none of that intrusive in-app purchase promotion here.


Asphalt 8: Airborne is the best arcade racing game we’ve ever played on mobile. Playing it feels like not simply watching, but being in an action movie. It’s dynamic, aggressive, fun, but leave your expectations for realism out. With gorgeous graphics, great matching soundtrack and tons of replay value, we definitely recommend you try it yourself. See you on the tracks.

  • Extremely engaging, dynamic action-filled gameplay
  • Gorgeous graphics, matching aggressive soundtrack
  • Tons of replay value, great cars




1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

The graphics are OK but it mostly looks like kids game. You don't get such a feeling when playing the NFS MW.

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

this is true with the entire Asphalt series , lots of great cars (you get Ferraris unlike the EA ) but the overly annoying woman driver , cartoonish graphics and gameplay that defy's the laws of physics make it more suitable for younger gamers

13. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

youre right.

25. kenobi

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You're half right. Until the 7, it was childish. this 8 is more heavy on fast pumping fun which is the fast lane of racing games and somehow i found that it covers up the childish side. This one expand more beyond young gamers to fun gamers

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Sir, since you used note 2, what variant is it? N7100? Also, does it lag? Thank you.!

6. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

I know It lags on my device ! Waste of money ! Btw, I use iPhone 4S ! Might try on s4 later.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Dam, Asphalt 7 was already very laggy on my iPod Touch 4, so I guess 8 will be far too laggy.

7. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

No lag on our Galaxy Note II, perfectly smooth, it was the N7100.

10. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Thank you. Might try this. Wasn't impressed by nfs most wanted on my note 2, maybe this might.

8. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

no lags in the iPhone 5 too, enjoying every bit of this awesome game

4. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

What the hell happened to image 19? i know the game has only been out for a day but wasnt expecting a Minecraft reenactment so soon. lol. Love this game. Will be playing it most of the weekend.

5. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

told you graphics vary on phone's gpu

9. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

it sounds like you say asshole when you say asphalt

11. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Victor, does it have google games integration? I'd hate to start playing this and get hooked and then not be able to transfer the progress to my future device. Also, does it stick with medium graphic settings on the Note 2? I've heard that it does so on the galaxy S3, yet I can't believe this is how good it looks on medium settings. Just imagine the potential these graphics promise- playing this on the upcoming snapdragon 800 devices ( about 6-8 times the performance of the GPU in the Note 2) and optimized for all that power, it should look truly spectacular and far beyond anything on portable consoles.

14. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks for asking! Sadly there's no cloud save. Hence, there's no way to transfer your progress across devices. Lets hope an update would fix this like with RR3.

24. kenobi

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I don't know about it in android, but for IOS they provide cloud saved profile so don't worry about progressing between devices

12. MirOsamahAli

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I tried all graphics quality options, its pretty amazing on high, but the framerates :/ The quality and gameplay is pretty slick on low setting, not very low. - Nexus 7 2012

15. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

love the game! ppl who say its for kids don't know what they r in for ,but on the contrary the landing of cars are like Airplanes which is not appreciated should learn from GRID :D

17. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Why didn't you try in the Nexus 7 II or in Xperia Z Ultra?

18. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Or even a Nexus 4 like everyone else is doing on YouTube.

19. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

How is this game on iPad 2? Any lag?

20. ideal_josh

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

i have the game on ipad 2 and galaxy s3, perfect on both. my galaxy s3 ran preety hot after an hour and a half of gameplay, ipad, well had some screen tearing at the beginning of some races, but damn the game is awesome

21. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Is the $0.99 price going to be a permanent one or is it just for a promotion period? Anyone please answer. I'm thinking of buying this game if that price is a promotion & it might go up after this...

22. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

No I am pretty sure that's the permanent price it's going to go on sale for, meaning that it isn't a promotion.

23. kenobi

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Some notes about the game which should have been noticed if u played for several hours. First, the reward system is, well, not rewarding. Not enough credits from winning to purchase upgrade and new cars. And that force us to look into the in-app purchase. Everybody would rather purchase the more expensive version with better reward system. And about the online multiplayer World Series, they should give more credits for the brave players who participate more and winning 2nd and 3rd posts rather than just giving the credits for the cowards who only participate on the game they could win

26. louisthomson3

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I pleased on the awesomeness of Asphalt 8 while playing. What may be the imagination of reality for Asphalt 9 ??

27. ratan

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Only random multiplayer available . No option to invite friends to join in the same room . No Cross Platfrom Multiplayer support

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