A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Asphalt 7: Heat wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The controls are easily laid out and steering is simply a matter of tilting your phone or tablet left and right.
Violence & Scariness
Cars often wreck -- and those collisions are shown in slow-motion detail.
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Products & Purchases
The app uses real-world vehicles, from brands like Cooper, Land Rover, and DeLorean. Users can also purchase "stars" to unlock additional cars for amounts ranging from $2 to $100.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Asphalt 7: Heat is a racing game with a variety of game modes and real-world car brands. The game involves high-speed races and collisions (which are shown in slow motion, which dramatizes them). The in-app purchases, while not aggressively marketed, are also worthy of note, given their potential high cost. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others.
Is It Any Good?
Asphalt 7: Heat is a whole lot of game for a dollar. And even better, it's a really good one. It's fast-paced and offers a wealth of gameplay modes and a tremendous variety of cars to choose from. And rather than sticking players on a course that's little more than a winding circle, there are hidden shortcuts galore.
The in-app purchases aren't pushed hard -- and aren't necessary to unlock a good number of cars. And the graphics and soundtrack are spectacular. It's a memory hog, yes. And play for an extended period and your battery will suffer. But you'll have a blast draining it.
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