Game review: Asphalt 7 Heat

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It was published some time ago on iOS and Android but finally it made its way to our loved Windows Phone 8 devices: Asphalt 7 Heat!

Asphalt is one of the most popular racing games on any mobile platform and is one of the top sellers of Gameloft. On Windows Phone the game is almost 900 MB huge and even supports Xbox Live with achievements and online multiplayer.

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Overall Score: 14.8/15

Asphalt 7 is almost perfect: Although it has the most beautiful graphics I have ever seen on a mobile phone, nice controls and an awesome lasting value, there are some very small details which caused 0.2 points deduction.

Presentation: 5/5

Like I said, the graphics are the most beautiful I have ever seen on a mobile phone and they are even better than on a Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4 (I don’t own those devices but I could take some looks at the game on those devices because some of my friends own them). The graphics in this game are so beautiful and for a mobile game very, very (!!) realistic, at least at day time. That does however not mean they look bad at night: The colors shine and are really bright! Also even small objects look really detailed. You can find some more screenshots here.

Gameplay: 4.9/5

The controls are very nice. You have several options to steer your vehicle like the classic one where you only need to
tilt your phone. This works very well and because you can change the sensitivity it should work perfectly well for everyone. I really like this way of steering the cars and it is great fun.

Anyways, I need to deduct 0.1 points because of the physics. Your own car does have realistic physics unless you are just driving, as well as your opponents, but when you crash or ram the cars just like fly away.

Lasting value: 4.9/5

The game does take quite long. There are plenty of levels each one with four races. Also there is a multiplayer. You can also upgrade your cars’ looks and performance which is a very nice addition.

When you finished the story mode you can also play Asphalt 7 online. That is pretty amazing but also overdue because other platforms do support that since the beginning of Windows Phone 7.

However, I need to deduct 0.1 points here as well because you earn money way too fast. You will always be able to buy the newest upgrade or the next car without needing to win many challenges.

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All in all however Asphalt 7 is an amazing game, but the best is the price: It costs just cheap 99 cents (which makes it even cheaper than on Android where it costs € 2.99 – yay!). I think Asphalt 7 is a must-buy Xbox Live title on your Windows Phone. You can get it here.

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