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Asphalt 7: Heat
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What 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.
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What's it about?
Players steer cars through a wide variety of courses in a number of different cities. There's no worrying about acceleration and braking, as that's handled automatically. Users simply have to steer their cars and attempt to navigate over cash bonuses and power boosts (and learn when best to use those boosts to gain a better competitive position). There are a variety of race types, including Knockdowns and Drift Challenges. Each has slightly different rules, but the gameplay is generally the same.
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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