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Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for iPhone review

£2.99 inc VAT for iPhone or iPod touch; £3.99 for iPad

Manufacturer: Gameloft

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is a high-end, graphically intensive and content-rich car racing game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is a high-end, graphically intensive and content-rich car racing game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline allows you to race and modify cars such as the Audi RSS, BMW Z4, Tesla Roadster Sport (a personal favourite) and the Abarth 500 SS. You can race the cars in exotic locations such as Nassau, the Bahamas, Charmonix, Cape Town and Havana.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for iPhone

Do not try this at home

You use the iPhone's accelerometer to steer your ride. If you want to use your brakes, you simply tap the left side of your screen. To give your car a boost, you just tap the right side of your iPhone screen. As you progress in Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, you can earn cash to unlock adiditonal cars and locations.

You can choose to play the game's basic "Career" mode, where you compete in a series of racing challenges across the globe, or you can play a 'Free Race', where it's up to you how and where you want to race. Both Career and Free Race modes let you compete in different racing challenges.

In Normal races, you race six other cars in hopes of finishing first. In Elimination and Beat 'em All races, you attempt to destroy your opponents' cars by manoeuvering them into accidents. In Collector races, you have to repeatedly run your car into obstacles in order to gain money. In Duel races, you race against a singular opponent. You can also race against others online.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for iPhone

Or this

I am truly impressed with what Gameloft has managed to pack into Asphalt 6: Adrenaline. Its racing challenges, like Collector races and Beat 'em All races, are different enough from each other that the game never gets repetitive. I enjoyed being able to modify cars (you can change car colours, tune their engines, suspension and so on), and I loved being rewarded for winning races by being able to buy new exotic cars.

Still, there is room to improve for the Asphalt series. The cars you start out with at the beginning of the game (a Mini Cooper, an Abarth 500 SS and a Nissan Z) are not drastically different from one another and handle exactly the same way. It wasn't until I completed enough races, and started buying more high-end cars, and buying add-ons for those cars, that I truly noticed a difference in how cars handled.

I played Asphalt 6: Adrenaline on a third-generation iPod touch. Although the game's intro video looks phenomenal, I found that the cars look a little pixelated during races. I also noticed the occasional appearance of ghost cars (cars that appear and then disappear) in races, but only very rarely.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for iPhone

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See also:

Apple iPhone 4 review

Apple iPod touch (4th generation) review

Apple iPad review

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Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for iPhone Expert Verdict »

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

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