Asphalt 8: Airborne

Common Sense Media says

Realistic, high-flying racer -- with lots of wrecks.






What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can sign up for the Gameloft Live! service, an interactive network that requires personal information such as a valid email address. Within this service, you can connect to friends lists, send messages to other players, and leave comments. A live-communication feature allows users to potentially chat (via text) online in various forums with strangers.

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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date:August 22, 2013
Category:Racing Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Size:884.00 MB
Version:iOS 1.0.1; Android varies with device
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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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, you can buy new cars (worth noting these are REAL cars), you can play online Multiplayer, against people around the world and local via a WiFi connection and play single player. Not to mention it is ranked. The physics aren't realistic but they are really fun and addictive. There are many beautiful landscapes to race on. It's a brilliant arcade racing experience, cheaper than NFS Most Wanted and with more options and an AMAZING racing experience. If you see this and haven't got it, you definitely should go get it.
Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander October 13, 2013

OK Racer, OK for Kids

Although Asphalt 8 has improved graphics from it's predecessor, the realism is lost when gargantuan stunt jumps are pulled off that even a young kid can discern is not real. The collision effects have been improved, so expect to see glass shatter from cars, but you can not see a driver in the car nor see anyone injured. Again, the collisions are laughably unrealistic. The game never takes it's self seriously when it comes to realism. The game could promote reckless driving depending on how impressionable your kid is. In app purchases also are pushed quite a bit. It seems almost impossible to purchase upgrades/new cars without dropping in some real life cash.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old February 8, 2015

Awesome, UNBEATABLE, game gets a five-star rating

This game is the absolute, funnest game in the world, there's smashing, crashing, and just plain fun! I'd recommend this to four -year-olds! The cars are awesome!!! My kiddy-guide: Educational value *** Violence ** Positive role models * FUN ***** Positive messages ***
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns


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