Asphalt 8: Airborne

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Realistic, high-flying racer -- with lots of wrecks.
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational value

Asphalt 8: Airborne wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

The game's main menu is a chaotic screen, which creates some confusion for new users. The controls are easily laid out, and steering is simply a matter of tilting your phone or tablet left and right. An optional tutorial walks you through the gameplay. 


Cars often wreck -- and those collisions are shown in slow-motion detail. Players earn bonuses for causing others to wreck, and sometimes collect stars for the level by doing so. 


The game itself doesn't have sexual content, but the optional Gameloft Live! network allows players to communicate with others. User comments are sometimes of a sexual nature, but this is not rampant.


The game itself doesn't have language concerns, but the optional Gameloft Live! network allows players to communicate with others. User comments sometimes include profanity.


The app uses real-world vehicles, from brands such as Cooper, Land Rover, and DeLorean. Users can unlock additional cars for $10 or buy in-game currency to unlock premium vehicles for amounts ranging from $20 to $100. Players also can pay to unlock levels for $1. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Asphalt 8: Airborne is a racing game with an emphasis on speed and dramatic, slow-motion collisions. The game uses real-world vehicles, with makes ranging from Dodge to Bugatti, some of which must be unlocked using in-game currency (which can be earned or purchased). These in-app purchases aren't thrust upon users, but they're worth noting because of the potential high price. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, though they're unable to communicate with them.

User Reviews

Parent Written byBOON S. July 22, 2017

To expensive

My son always wants to buy a car in the game and its the nice cars in the game. Which if you want you have to spend $100 just to get I think that $3 is more of... Continue reading
Adult Written byGavin G. December 26, 2017


This game frustrates my son soo much, he now swears and shouts and just seems a lot more angry because of this game. stay away from this game it’s not worth get... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byswagshyguy15 December 22, 2013

The Best! Asphalt 8 Is Free On iOS

I love this game. People say Need For Speed is better but I prefer this. It used to cost $1.30 but now it is free forever (I think!). You can customize your car... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 5, 2014

Very Nice, Love It!

This game is great in every way, amazing graphics, super easy controls, and a large selection of cars. The only reason i did not give it 5 stars is because it t... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players steer cars through a wide variety of courses in a number of cities. There's no worrying about acceleration, as that's handled automatically. Users simply have to steer their cars, tapping the lower-left screen to brake and the lower-right to give their cars a boost of nitrus. (Learning when best to use those boosts to gain a better competitive position is a key to the game.) Driving up ramps can send your car airborne, and maneuvering against opponents can cause them to crash (shown in slow motion).

Is it any good?

The Asphalt series has never been particularly concerned with physics. It's more about pure arcade fun -- and that focus serves it well in Asphalt 8: Airborne. It's a game that has a lot going for it: a great soundtrack, terrific graphics, some eye-popping stunts for players to pull off, and the carnal joy of causing opponents to wreck. Also, the game's multiplayer mode is done quite well. 

Where it falls short is in the gameplay itself. Steering controls are a bit muddy, and the home screen is a mess of boxes with no immediate indication of what you should touch to start playing. In the game, if you try to drift, you often come to a stop or spin out of control. Also, upgrading your car collection can get expensive; although it's possible to do so with cash earned in-game, the app certainly nudges players toward in-app purchases for the high-level vehicles. 

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