Asphalt 9: Legends

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Great fast-paced game is one of the best mobile racers yet.

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Ease of Play

Simple touch controls but competition can be challenging, requiring fast reflexes and split-second timing.

Violence

While there are car crashes, no one's ever shown being injured, no blood or gore shown.

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Players can use in-game currency they earn or use real money to purchase new cars or upgrades for existing cars. Players can also use real money to keep playing when they run out of turns, or watch ads to get packs that contain cars, currency, and other items. In-game cars are based on actual vehicles from automakers such as BMW.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Asphalt 9: Legends is an arcade racing game for iOS and Android devices. There's no inappropriate content to be found in the game, and while there are car crashes, the driver's never shown being hurt, nor is any blood shown as a result of these accidents. Players can either buy in-game currency or earn it through playing. This currency can then be used to purchase new cars or car upgrades of both the performance and cosmetic variety. Players can also use real money to buy gas when they run out but want to keep racing, or can watch ads to get packs of cars, currency, and other items. The game also features real cars, which may prompt younger players to ask their parents for a BMW for their birthday. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Like many arcade-style racing games, ASPHALT 9: LEGENDS doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a career mode where you progress through a series of races with the hope of unlocking more races and earning bragging rights. Along the way, you'll earn and buy new vehicles, as well as new parts and paint jobs for your cars. Players will be able to use these upgraded machines in the career progression mode or when racing against strangers online.

Is it any good?

Thanks to a new control scheme, this arcade-style racing game is not only the best this series has to offer, but also one of the better racing games on mobile devices. Like previous installments, Asphalt 9: Legends has you driving street-legal cars in a series of events. These races are complete with crazy jumps, wild turns, multiple pathways, and the ability to deploy a nitro boost for extra speed. You can face all of these challenges alone in the large career mode or online against complete strangers.

But while this edition features both tilt steering and touchscreen steering like previous models, it also adds a new control mode where tapping or holding a side of the screen will drift the car in the appropriate direction, while swiping left or right during specific moments will send you down a path or to that side of the track. Admittedly, these swiping controls make this less like a driving game and more like an endless runner arcade game, which is something hardcore race fans won't appreciate. But for those not concerned with realism, this new system makes Asphalt 9: Legends addictive, fun, and one of the best racing games on a mobile system yet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about driving safely. You drive both fast and recklessly in Asphalt 9: Legends, but why should you never attempt to emulate what you see in video games behind the wheel of a real car?

  • Since you can earn in-game cash by playing Asphalt 9: Legends, does it make sense to spend a lot of money on additional content?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 3, 2018
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • Size: 1500.00 MB
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.3 and up

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