Asphalt 8

Gravity-defying racer available today on Google Play

As promised, Gameloft's latest racing title Asphalt 8: Airborne is now available to download on Google Play, priced at $0.99. The game was one of a few titles shown off at Google's Android 4.3 event, where it was used to showcase the new graphical effects made possible by the new OS's OpenGL ES 3.0 support.

More importantly, it looks like a lot of fun. The developer promises 180 events, 47 vehicles, including licensed cars, and "gravity-defying" tricks and jumps. Reviewing the iOS version recently, iMore's Simon Sage said —

"If there’s one thing the Asphalt series had going for it, it was a ridiculous, over-the-top gameplay style, and it very much stays true to that spirit. Asphalt 8 is built for adrenaline junkies in a bunch of ways. For one, boosting now has a mini-game element built into it. When you tap once, you initiate your boost, and when you tap again, you go into a faster, second-phase boost. After the first tap, your nitro meter starts going down, and if you tap a second time when it reaches a small target zone, then your secondary boost will be even, uh, boostier."

If you're a racing fan — particularly a racing fan with a new Nexus 7 — you're going to want to check this one out. Hit the Google Play link above to get started.

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toonhead85 says:

Woot woot! I can't wait to play this game :)

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woohoo! will download this for sure :)

Will try this on my Nexus 7 later today.

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Shawheim says:

Just installed. Game is awesome!

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Wobblin30 says:

Hopefully multiplayer is functional unlike mc4 and blitz brigade. For .99, I'll buy it anyway.

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multiplayer on mc4 was and still is amazing... what do you find wrong?

Wobblin30 says:

Cannot login, getting a timed out error.

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that's a you problem... work fine here

You obviously don't play enough, numerous people have had problem with the servers. Android and iOS. Gameloft even admitted.

This is correct. I can NEVER get into a race and it keeps asking me to re sign into Facebook.

Recently, I've been getting a "fake menu" screen appear at the home menu, which resembles a debug screen or something.

DaHui623 says:

I love a good racing game and this does not disappoint. The graphics are awesome and smooth on the One. And I can start racking up achievements because of the Google Play integration. Now if only FIFA 14 would come out (unlike the never released FIFA 13). My poor battery, though...

Always hated gameloft and their way of ripping off popular PC/console games.

Colvin99 says:

How is it compared to Need For Speed most wanted?

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ynomrah says:

Its better.

Colvin99 says:

Thanks, I'll have to give it a try!

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KSK674 says:

Hey, is anyone try with nexus 10, yet?
How good it run on it compare to asphalt 7 on nexus 10?
Thank :)

ynomrah says:

It plays very very well. You won't be dissapointed on the nexus 10. Plays exceptional on mine.

Downloaded it to my new Nexus 7 as soon as it hit the Play Store. I really like it.

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joedirt2217 says:

Great game. The best racing game so far. Happy they included multiplayer through local wifi.

DavidJ726 says:

.99 cent apps are the best! :-)

Rehzonance says:

Damn my wifi is killing me right now... Being downloading this app since 9am

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Whoa.. My Galaxy Nexus only able to use the LOW or VERY LOW graphics options..
So sad.. time for a new phone?

erwaso says:

Is this funner than Real Racing 3 ?

DaHui623 says:

I think it is. For one, there's no waiting in between races for your car to be repaired. It is more of an arcade style racing game than a racing sim like RR3.

joedirt2217 says:

Way more fun!

ScottJ says:

Snore. Pole Position was much better.

droidweb says:

Is anybody able to run the game on an Asus Transformer Prime (700t)? 7 ran fine, but Google play is telling me the game is incompatible with my device...

Karan Shah5 says:


So far, not bad. Using the 1st gen Nexus 7 on the highest graphics setting is a bit choppy. Hopefully they will smooth things out in time.

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Thank god it ain't f2p I might have to buy this!

Zay92 says:

Got this last night great game

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mihir108 says:

Is this game not gonna be compatible on the HTC one mini forever? If so then I am extremely disappointed.