The newest incarnation of Gameloft's racing franchise, Asphalt 8: Airborne has hit Google Play. In addition to the standard race mechanics, this title will encourage players to pull off high-speed aerial stunts. Yeah, it is not a terribly realistic racing game.

Gameloft is really piling on the pretty with this one. The environments are huge, and there are more reflections and lighting effects than you can shake a gear shift at. There is a new physics engine backing the whole endeavor, which should make the cars feel a little more responsive and real.

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There are almost 50 licensed cars in Asphalt 8 from manufacturers like Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Ferrari. Asphalt 8: Airborne will sell for $0.99 in Google Play, but being Gameloft, we're looking at an assortment of optional in-app purchases as well (both credits and cars). But hey, it's really pretty. It's also a 1.53GB download, so plan ahead.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • MicroByte

    Amazing game and is compatible with the Shield controls. This game is an absolute steal for the price.

    • Ishimaru

      Shield controls I'm most happy about! :)

  • Samvith V Rao

    How does it look on the New Nexus 7 ? I dont want it to turn out like Real racing 3 which looks atrocious on a FHD screen.

    • Awais

      They have taken special care to support hi resolution tablet 2560x resolutions as well. I have no idea why am I persuing you to download the game but the graphics and resolution won't disappoint you.

      • Samvith V Rao


    • Kevin Aaronson

      Looks incredible, but sure does destroy the batt

  • Thắng PQ

    It's very lag on Nexus 7 2012

    • nawa


    • Kashmieer

      NO, it does not lag!

      Game is crap, though.

      • Thắng PQ

        Do u use Stock rom ??
        I use stock rom and Stock kernel. This game is very bad, bad graphic, bad performance. I see asphalt 7 have more beautiful graphic

  • luigi gorlero

    New "more realistic" physics engine...
    Then I see cars flipping in the air

    • rolo143

      Lulz xD

    • avalon

      probably they just found a new AirFlow equation.. :P

  • ProductFRED

    I'm not falling for this again. Asphalt 7 ran like crap on even the most powerful devices at the time (Galaxy S3 i9300, Note 2, etc). They also charged for the game AND threw in tons of In-App Purchases. On top of that, you didn't BUY cars; you RENTED them. Oh, and the game wouldn't start without a data connection.

    Don't fall for the graphics, this will probably be an expensive, useless, un-optimized POS.

    • Alex

      Really? Asphalt 7 ran fine on my i9300, and it was free on Samsung Apps for devices released around then.

      There was however a hack available on XDA developers that modified the configuration to make it look better and run smoother at the same time, which was neat. Shame those options weren't available directly from within the app.

      No idea about Asphalt 8, I'm not going to try it.

      • Mike

        Asphalt 7 worked fine on my Note 2 and Asphalt 8 runs just as well. Been playing it all morning with no issues at all.

    • NuLLnVoiD

      It rarely lagged on my T-Prime even with the crappy I/O problems it had. I progressed through the game just fine without ever spending a penny. Th IAP's are only needed if you want to jump ahead and not work at it. I'm pretty sure that A8 will be the same. If you aren't happy with it, pay full price for A6 and then you won't have IAP's to worry about. It runs great on new hardware or old.

      • RaviShah

        it was horribly optimized for all Tegra 3 devices

    • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

      Its run fine in my GNex.

      • rolo143

        It runs fine on my Nokia 1100 too.

        • avalon

          are you sure??? o.O

    • ravenova

      no asphalt 8 runs awesome on my mid range device. better than asphalt 7 i say

    • mant0x

      Please, asphalt 7 ran great on my samsusng gs+ i9001.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    laggy on Galaxy S2 i9100 , also it lags the same on all display settings. Tried the very low to to very high, it still lags the same. I think the lag problem occurs because of RAM issues. I dont think its cus of gfx or something. any idea how to increase FPS?

    • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

      Weird, I tried it on my Galaxy S2 (GT-i9100, running unmodded Samsung ROM) and it seemed to work fine...though I only played the tutorial part, haven't tried the actual tracks yet...any pointers where you experience lag so I can test it myself?

      P.S. the game doesn't show promise for good fun to me...

      • Mehmet Fatih

        Tried it on the 2. track of the career mode. it was the Tokyo map i think.

        • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

          Thanks for the info, I'll give it a go aswell once my battery recharges

  • mes215

    Does it have IAPs? I read some comments on the Play store that said it had IAPs. If so, why are they even charging $0.99 for this? It should be free. I don't want to pay for something that will have IAPs.

    • AtomicGadget

      You should read the article.

  • br_hermon

    Hey Ryan, how do the graphics compare to Asphalt 7? Your write up last time (http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/07/28/asphalt-7-review-a-racing-game-that-never-quite-makes-it-off-the-starting-line/) is what convinced me not to buy the game. I won't jump on 8 until I read a review like you did before.

    • http://mobers.org/ psydex

      Graphics are better than A7

  • Mr E

    I need more storage!!!!

    • Mike

      Wait, don't all phones come with an SD card slot now a days? /s

      • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

        Nexus devices don't have SD card slots

        • Mike

          The /s following a comment is used to denounce that the comment preceding it was a sarcastic comment and is not to be taken seriously. I am very well aware that today, most phones do not come with SD card slots.

          • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

            ...oh, didn't see that ^-^;;

          • Mike

            All good =D

          • jayman350

            yet another reason the world needs a sarcasm font, it truly is the most lacking part of the internet

      • avalon

        yep, all phones except flagship one from apple, google, nokia, htc, lg, oppo ...


    No lag on medium graphics settings, slight lag on high but I prefer no lag so medium it is. Playing on i9300.

  • CrazyPaladin

    no lag but overall low framerate(but playable) on my galaxy r, well it's tegra 2 so what do you expect.
    one thing brothers me is the track has many different routes, but ai seems to cheat a lot when you can't see them, they always end up in front of you when route merges, while the pos still says you're 1st until it's too late. weird stuff hope they fix it

  • Andrew Wood

    Not compatible with xperia Z tablet - no purchase

    • Chemiclus

      Yeah that really annoys me

    • spatch

      Ironically it runs beautifully on the Xperia ZL, and my 2 year old Galaxy Tab 7.7 doesn't have a problem. Ridiculous.

  • angel_spain

    It laggs a lot in my Nexus 4, some FC while openning too. The worst part is the main menu, what a mess!

    • http://mobers.org/ psydex

      They took the idea for this menu straight from Real Racing 3 (which sucks , i don't like it too)

  • Mirosław Jurdeczka

    the funniest thing for me is that every new asphalt iteration is now inspired by a tripleA game this one makes clear resemblance to the new trackmania whitch i think is a good thing

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    This is a nice game for under a dollar. The graphics are almost as realistic as an XBox game.

  • Alan Shearer

    runs great on my galaxy nexus, low display setting option, and asus tf300t tegra 3 tablet high graphic setting. Fun game, even supports automapping and detection of mr PS3 dual shock controller. Love it.

    But, I do not notice much of a difference between the very low graphic settings and the high graphic settings, anyon else notice a big difference?

    highly recommend this game.

    • Felix Göhringer

      Can't seem to make it work with my PS3 controller. How did you make it work? I'm using the official sixaxis app.

      • Alan Shearer

        PLugged it in via usb or otg, did not try wireless. Also works well with the moga controllers.

      • Anthony Golden

        Any luck getting this to work? I am also not able to get this to work with my 2013 N7 Rooted and Sixaxis App. It works with the OTG just fine. But wireless via Sixaxis app it does not recognize that there is a controller. The app is working fine as a native controller in other games and with controlling the tablet itself.

  • dli7319

    well worth a dollar but the graphics are pretty poor, real racing 3 has better graphics

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    .99 with In-app purchases? Hell No..... I'm still pretty pissed about the game play changes from 6 to 7 -.-

  • GraveUypo

    no demo? meh i just wanted to see how it runs on my i9300.
    not paying just to do that. i hate the asphalt series :P

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    Runs well on HIGH on Galaxy S2. I don't like the menu they took straight from Real Racing 3 tho. Also stop complaining about in app purchases - you don't have to spend real money when you can spend the stars you earned in-game. Besides if there wes no in-app purchase the game would cost around $7-$10.


    After playing it for couple of hours straight I can say that it is the most polished game on the phone ever! Music, graphics, physics, the detail of the levels are astonishing.

  • Marty Rose

    I'm getting terrible graphics and lag on my over clocked Galaxy S3

  • kaibosh

    This game runs like CRAP on my Note II, even when you turn the settings down and go on an OCD hunt to free up every last 0 and 1 left in the Ram beforehand. I am sick of this crap, there is no excuse. The devs have already whined about android fragmentation on various forums, how about they hire someone who knows how to deal with the problem? pc gaming has dealt with this since the C64 days (and no, I am not being facetious, there actually were different variants of that too).

    The game is fuzzy and muddy, as though they are badly interpolating from a set res. It hitches, it lags, it stutters, and there is NO EXCUSE for any of this.

    • GetOva-IT

      given i have multiple devices most of which are running this A8 flawlessly without any of the issues you mention above maybe it's coming down to poor GPU output or even the ROM... Mixed reviews everywhere i look, but complaining about issues that appear to be related to inferior hardware strikes me as a user error lolololol have fun with that :-P... *goes back to perfectly functional A8*

  • LoveLy JoJo

    I use LG optimus LTE(lu6200) when i search this game in store it say your device not compitable with this version. Have anyway to fix it ?

  • sabrewulf

    Running smooth on s4.. prolly not 60fps but the New adreno 320 lighting effects and bump mapping are upping the ante for mobile :)

  • lost

    I have xperia z ultra and it says the device is not compatible.

  • Kevin Balenton

    I want to restart my progress can you teach me how?

  • Kevin Balenton