If you have an all touch BlackBerry 10 device then Asphalt 8: Airborne will be a must have download - unless you don't like driving games of course. Once again - as you would expect from Gameloft, racing doesn't get much better than this one. From amazing graphics to realistic sound effects, Asphalt 8 oozes goodness all round.
Once you start the game for the first time you may be slightly daunted by the selection of different style games you can choose from. As well as the basic career there is also a World Series, Quick Solo Race, Local Wi-Fi Race as well as viewing rankings and the ability to jump straight into your vehicles and achievements - It's all good though.
Since the game hit BlackBerry 10 I've been concentrating on the Career Mode. Once you're in it you'll have a selection of different course to race which you can access by scrolling up and down. Once you have achieved enough points you can swipe to the left to reveal even more seasons, but until you have done well enough in season one these will remain locked.
In each race you will be given different tasks to complete. These may be doing a couple of barrel rolls or smashing into a certain number of opponents for example. These give the game an extra bit of variety which is always welcome.
Once you enter for a race you'll see your car displayed on screen. There are five different classes of cars but you'll need to earn some points to purchase better ones - unless you want to take advantage of the in-app purchases. As you progress through the levels you'll be able to upgrade your cars in four categories - Acceleration, Top Speed, Handling and Nitro. Changing the color of your car is free and some have the good old CrackBerry orange!
Let's take a quick look at controls - which are super easy. The car will auto accelerate and turning is done just by tilting your BlackBerry. Tap the right side of the display and you will activate nito. How much nitro you have is shown in the bar under your speedometer. Don't worry if you run out - there's plenty more to collect around the courses.
Touching the left side of the screen acts in two ways. Hold it down to break or reverse, but give it a quick tap as you hit a corner and you'll start drifting, which you'll need to master. A quick tip for coming out of a drift is to engage nitro as this will give you a boost - getting you back up to speed.
Crashing is clearly not good but the slow motion graphics are amazing. Luckily, you'll quickly restart where you left off - so none of this going back to the start business. In fact - having the odd crash on purpose is kind of fun if you ask me. Have a try - it's almost a joy.
You may notice up at the top right of the screen is yellow camera icon. Tap this and you have three options in terms of the car view - one from inside, and two from outside. Which you use will come down to personal preference.
I can only find one fault with Asphalt 8 and that's the on-screen map you will have on the upper left of the screen. You'll be able to see perfectly where your opponents are but the actual map is not far from totally transparent, so viewing what sort of corner is coming up next is a little hard and to be honest I gave up using it altogether. Apart from that everything else about the game is 10/10.
If you like what you see in the video I'd recommend purchasing the game. In fact - it may well be the best $0.99 you could spend on BlackBerry 10.
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