As you may have figured out from our review, we’re really digging Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne [Free] and whole heartedly recommend it for anyone looking for an awesome arcade racing experience.
With that said, one look at the game’s extensive IAP list and some folks may be hesitant to take the plunge. Thus, the purpose of this guide is to provide some explanation as to what types of IAP are offered in Asphalt 8, whether they’re required to adequately enjoy the game, as well as tips to help folks avoid having to shell out any cash, or, if you must spend something, the most efficient ways to pick up the IAP.
Is IAP Necessary to Beat the Game?
In a word, no. There are no true pay walls, timers or anything of that sort that would raise a red flag regarding whether IAP is essential.
Asphalt 8’s IAP structure is based on either purchasing ‘car packs,’ which instantly unlock groups of cars that you would otherwise have to use in-game currency to pay for, or purchasing currency outright, allowing you the freedom to buy the cars and upgrades you want without necessarily needing to play and grind on maps.
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The game also doesn’t feature a dual currency system, meaning the only currency you can buy is the type that is doled out after completing courses and earning stars. It’s relatively straightforward and fair, for the most part.
Tips for Novices
If you fall in the last group I just mentioned, things may be bleak, but there’s always room for improvement, especially when it comes to driving games. Before you run off and start buying the best cars and tons of cash to pimp your vehicles out, make sure you pay heed to these tips to help improve your skill set.
Find Your Control Scheme – Asphalt 8 defaults to a tilt-to-steer control scheme, which I love. However, if you’re not a big fan of accelerometer based driving, there are plenty of other options, including some without auto-acceleration and virtual buttons to control steering. I highly recommend checking them all out to make sure that you have the best one for you. A comfortable control scheme is the foundation for succeeding in a racing game.
Nitro is Everything – While racing in Asphalt 8, the one thing that should always be in the back of your mind is nitro. You should be thinking about ways to earn it, strategic parts of the track to use it, and you should master the timing behind getting a ‘perfect’ nitro boost. It not only allows you to speed past the opposition, but it gives you an easy way to take out opposing racers. So, while racing, if you can put yourself in a position to earn some extra nitro, go for it. Speaking of that…
Master the Drift – One of the best ways to earn a steady supply of nitro is to drift during curves. Drifting is as easy as tapping the break button, which starts the drift (a quick tap will end drift mode). While drifting, you can not only preserve speed during a curve, but you also earn nitro, which, as we mention above, is quite important.
Don’t Wreck! – Unfortunately, just as you can put your opponents out of commission, the same can be true for your car. Careen headfirst into a wall or crash into an oncoming big rig and you’ll wreck, taking you out of the race for precious seconds. If you haven’t built up a big lead, this also means that you’ll probably fall far behind. Thus, try to do everything in your power not to wreck. Memorize complicated turns, pay attention to oncoming traffic (they usually blink their lights as they come towards you) and try not to hit a ramp if you don’t know where you’ll land.
Explore, Explore, Explore! – This is probably one of the most important tips for playing Asphalt 8. Each map has LOADS of alternate routes, shortcuts and hidden passages. Some of them are shorter, longer, and the navigation difficulty varies. In order to ensure victory, you must master these routes and find the one that best fits your driving style while still ensuring you get an edge on the competition. The best way to do that is to simply play each one again and again while taking mental notes of where paths split and where the computer likes to go.