Catch serious air and dominate the racing scene.
Set for release August 22, Asphalt 8: Airborne brings Gameloft's racing series to new heights - literally. You'll battle rivals while catching air via thrilling jumps and stylish barrel rolls.
Since we were fortunate to receive the game early, we put together a tips guide to increase the number of first-place wins. Good luck, and never hesitate to rule the virtual road.
-The drifting system is easy to learn. Initiate a drift by tapping the left side of the screen, then control the degree of the turn by tiling your device. Once you do this, level out, and after a few seconds, your drift will stop. It's best to keep this handy for more than one turn, as you'll go right back into the drift. The more you drift, the more boost you earn.
-You'll want to get as much air as possible. Ramps and barrel roll ramps are available, and the more air you get, the more boost you'll receive. Hit the boost button a second before you launch off the ramp. You'll speed up, and the game will automatically store leftover boost power until you land, with additional power included; you'll always land on your tires.
-Be aggressive with enemies. Gameloft introduced the takedown system in Asphalt a few games back, which allows you to wreck competitors by driving into them. With Airborne, it's a matter of hitting your boost at the right time and ramming the opposition; one hit and they're done. What's more, you'll earn additional boost, which is useful for getting multiple takedowns in succession.
-Save some boost power towards the end of the race. Computer-controlled drivers have a habit of blowing past you right before the finish line. With boost, you'll be able to maintain the lead.
-The game provides the option to unlock content earlier, like new season events or specific cars. However, you can eventually unlock the content free-of-charge by playing Asphalt 8. Save the cash for more important things.
-Buying individual cars is a great way to beef up your collection, but make sure you check out the Hot Deals tab in the main menu. These offer a great selection of cars - usually 10 or so - for a terrific low price. You can use in-game currency or real cash, but again, things eventually open up the more you play. Hold out for the Tesla Model S and other sports cars - they're sweet rides.
-There are four key areas where you can make improvements to your vehicle - Acceleration, Top Speed, Handling and Nitro. What you upgrade first depends on what you want from your car. If you want to hold more Nitro in the tank, start with that. If you want superior control, go with Handling. However, the main areas you'll want to tune up first are Acceleration and Top Speed. Other cars have a tendency to go faster than you, and upgrading these two categories will give you superior performance on the road.
-Taking part in stunts and jumps isn't the only way to fill up your Nitro tank. You'll also discover icons scattered across the tracks that will give you a quick boost. Blue ones fill your tank about a quarter of the way, while glowing yellow ones go halfway. Pick up three in succession and give yourself a full tank.
-Boosting runs until the tank is empty. If you can, pick up some extra Nitro canisters while you're in boost. This will keep it going a few seconds longer, which could make all the difference to scoring a first place victory.
-You don't always have to follow the main track in Asphalt 8. There are various shortcuts that prove useful in three key areas. First, they provide a shorter route than the main path, shaving precious seconds off your race time and giving you a slight lead over the competition - unless they take the same route, obviously. Second, you'll find jumps that give you air time and much-needed boost energy. Third, you'll find more Nitro pick-ups in these areas, which you can either use immediately or save for that last-second push towards the finish line.
Asphalt 8: Airborne releases August 22 for iOS and Android.