Ladies and gentleman start your engines, or most importantly, prepare your thumbs for what is considered one of the best mobile gaming franchises available and with this latest instalment “Airborne”, that has already received a huge award this year, it does not disappoint true racing fans that want a fair racing game on their devices. Gameloft was able to once again to “reinvent the wheel” by making it appealing with subtle but very welcoming changes. Want to know more? Keep on reading then!
In A8: Airborne, or as in any racing game, you’re at the bottom of the driver leaderboard and it is up to you to show your skills that will allow to access exclusive events, massive upgrades and last but certainly not the least, the much desired supercars that will achieve speeds beyond possibility.
The controls are fairly simple, but for first time players of this series using your actual smartphone to steer the car can be somewhat daunting at first, but with a little bit of practice and surely you will get the hang of it. Using your left thumb to control the drift-friendly brake and your right thumb for the massive exaggerated but extremely fun nitro boost, those are the only three actions that you have to control since the car with accelerate by itself. However, if you cannot get used to this control set, you have three more options to best suit the actions mentioned previously.
In Airborne, you have 5 race types at your choice: Classic, the normal racing mode, Elimination, that eliminates each car/position at a certain amount of time (so it’s best to just be on 1st place), Knockout, in which the driver/car that knocks out the most enemies on the road wins, Battle, a one-on-one match to see who has the fastest car and Infected, a type of “hot potato” race. In every single type you must excel as it will you guarantee a great amount of stars (further developed in Longevity).
And why Airborne for this latest instalment? Well this time, the longer you stay on the air the more points you get, so be prepared to find in every single track ramps or gaps. Be sure to use your vehicle’s nitro wisely and it is guaranteed that will see amazing stunts being performed and you will be quite entertained about them.
With 9 seasons with 15 events each, A8: Airborne promises to be a fairly long game provided that you will obtain a big amount of stars. These ranking stars that you will obtain in each event are what will unlock an upcoming season so make sure to perform every single task/challenge available in each event and you will go season by season in an easy breezy way.
Other great feature that not only it’s worth mentioning but also ensures to increase the game’s longevity is the fact that you’re able to create a 8 player race session (multiplayer online) with friends or random players so you will have tons of ways to show who is the real driver there.
Battery and Performance
For the highly demanding game (due to the amount of resources) that is A8: Airborne be prepared for a bit of battery drop being noticeable if you are up to a long gaming session but if you just play an event or two in a casual way it isn’t noticeable at all.
Performance wise the game behaves greatly not having lags specially during the races/events.
Graphics and Sound
Perhaps two of the best features available in this instalment are the graphics and the soundtrack. Be prepared to race in quite known places such as Venice, Italy or Nevada, USA with such amazing detail (almost picture-taken like) and while you are racing, a very hip, cool and diverse soundtrack will accompany you during your races. In any way you will get bored with the variety offered in both scenery and ambience.
Ads an In-App Purchases
Unfortunately A8: Airborne is a bit swamped with ads (after a few actions taken you will have to see one) but it is an “affordable price to pay” consider the quality of the experienced offered. Also, as any freemium game, it presents two types of currency: the coins as a standard one, obtainable throughout the game, and the tokens (payable) that allows you to access exclusive content and can make things much more easier such as supercars or upgrade kits that are quite useful for your car collection.
Video of the Game
Asphalt 8: Airborne is one of the best racing experiences available at the Play Store and the award that has recently received proves it. If you like supercars and the ability to somewhat drive them, perform amazing air stunts and enjoy beautiful scenery then this game is definitely for you. Gameloft did a great job with this instalment it is quite noticeable the effort that take to deliver the best experience possible every single time. So race on and enjoy!
Note: This game was tested/reviewed using a LG G3 device.