If you are looking for a good racing title for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you do not have to look further: just buy Asphalt 6 for your iOS device. Gameloft has outdone itself in this high-end and graphics intensive racing game, allowing the fans of the Asphalt franchise to race and even modify expensive dream cars like BMW Z4, the Abarth 500 SS, and the Audi RSS.
Aside from these exotic automotive beauties, players can also burn some rubber on locations likeNassau,Cape Town,Havana, and Charmonix.
About the Game
There are plenty of racing games for all the consoles out there, but they are quite rare when it comes to touchscreen mobile devices. This is because there are plenty of game developers that find it difficult to design a iOS game that packs in the unique experience of racing games. Gameloft seems to have bucked the odds—it has packed a lot of things into Asphalt 6. Exciting challenges are infused with breathtakingly detailed locations and intuitive race controls (using the device’s accelerometer), allowing for a console-like racing experience in a mobile device.
Controls for this game are relatively easy—you will use your iPhone’s (or iPod Touch or iPad) accelerometer to control the car. Tap on the left side of the screen to access the brakes, and tap the right side to give your car a speed boost. As you progress through the game, you will be able to earn cash that will allow you to unlock and purchase additional cars and locations.
Asphalt 6 has a Career or basic mode, where competing the series of races around the world is the main task. You can choose to play a Free Race, where you will be allowed to choose the race location and how you want to race. There are also “Normal” races, where you will need to outrun six other vehicles, and Elimination and Beat ‘Em All races, where you will need to destroy your opponents’ vehicles by causing them to crash. Collector races will have you running your car into various obstacles to gain money, while Duel races will require you to defeat a single opponent. Plus, there is an option within the game that will allow you to race against other players online.
The controls are remarkably intuitive and easy to use. Gameloft chose not to complicate the interface with the usual console controls, allowing iOS gamers to enjoy the experience and immerse themselves in the gameplay.
Graphics and Sound Effects
The intro video to the game is visually impressive, but there are a couple of instances when the cars appear a little pixilated during the races. However, considering that there are a few games of this caliber for the iOS platform, we tend to be more forgiving with this minor flaw.
Sound effects are great as well, and the overall audio-visual experience with the Asphalt 6 is quite enjoyable.
While there is no question that Asphalt 6 is a great racing title for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad, there are still a couple of things that the developers can improve. You will begin the game with a couple of cars: the Mini Copper, the Abarth 500 SS, and the Nissan Z, but they are not very different from one another in terms of handling. The pixilated graphics is another issue, although we can overlook it because of the limited processor power of a mobile device.
Asphalt 6 is a great racing title for iPhone gamers, and although there are a couple of issues that we are not completely happy with, we still think that players who love the racing genre should never miss out on this game. What with the luxury cars, numerous game options, and the online gaming function, you are sure that you are getting your money’s worth.
Developed By: Gameloft
Requirements: Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
Compatible With: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad