Category: Games Seller:Gameloft Requirements: iOS4.0 or later Compatibility: iPad, iPhone and iPod touch File Size: 1.11 GB Version Reviewed: 1.0.0 Price: $0.99 Age Rating: 4+
Asphalt 7: Heat is a universal racing game which works for both iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This means that you don’t have to pay for separate version for iPhone and iphone, if you own bot devices. Since, it’s an arcade racer, I prefer to play it on a bigger screen. Hence, this review focuses on the experienced Asphalt 7: Heat provides for iPad users.
Alright, let’s make it quick and simple; Asphalt 7: Heat (A7H) is an arcade racer loaded with many goodies that contribute to making the game fun and very entertaining. Wait, make that “engaging.” The game gives you 60 different cars to race, which you need to unlock and purchase as you play through the game’s Career mode.
Speaking of game modes, A7H has three, including Quick Race and Multiplayer. If multiplayer is not your thing, the game’s Career mode alone is worth the $0.99. I haven’t even played Quick Race mode yet as a result, but seeing my 3-year old kid play it, I noticed there are several options there you can explore.
Going back to Career Mode, make sure you have many hours to waste as you race through the 15 tracks available in the game. There are 15 cups that you can unlock one by one. As you progress through the cups, you’ll get to unlock various cars which you need to purchase with what you’ve earned through racing.
Each of the race cups consist of 6 difference race modes namely, Old School Arcade, Beat ‘Em All, Drift, Normal Race, Paint Job, Elimination (Regular and Championship).
At the start of the race, you’ll have the chance to select a car to use. These varies per cup and you’ll not always get the best car to win a race since you’ll be racing against high spec’d cars. To solve this, there’s the upgrade option which you can apply to the car you’ve selected. Those options of course will costs you “virtual” money. Rule of thumb is spend on upgrades wisely as you will not be able to use the same car you’ve upgraded on all the races in a cup.
When it comes to graphics and animation, A7H is among the best-looking games I’ve played on the iPad. Be forewarned, though, that you’ll be treated with visual flare and “unbelievable” speed. This is a game, after all, and not a real race. When the car you’re driving gets into the “wrecked” state, for example, don’t expect it to explode into pieces because Gameloft will not give you that sadistic satisfaction. What you’ll witness is your car flying into air, turning updise down and slamming into walls. The same is true when hitting the Nitro button; your car will speed up unbelievably, turning the screen into all blue until going back to normal view once your car’s nitro gets exhausted.
One last thing to consider before I end this long review of Asphalt 7: Heat is the control scheme. It’s pretty much your basic stuff; tilt your iPad left or right to turn and tap anywhere on the screen to use the Nitro Boost. The game responds to these controls accurately; you won’t get annoyed by unresponsive buttons in this game.
Overall, Gameloft has given us a solid arcade racer; one of the best I’ve played with my iPad. With its low price, I don’t think there’s any reason why you should not give this game a try.