I’m uncertain what surprised me more about today’s shock Philippines soft kick off release of Asphalt 9 Cheats – the actual fact that there have been nine mainline Asphalt games, or that the veteran race series still looks this good. As the race franchise didn’t make its iOS debut until Asphalt 4, each successive iteration has normally removed some distance to providing a careful, fast-paced and flashy graphical showcase for the device, and hot off the pumps of Feral’s excellent GRID Autosport ($9.99), Gameloft are back to try and reclaim their throne. Fans of the previous entrance in the series may know very well what to expect out of this approaching sequel, but Asphalt 9 Cheats looks like it’s throwing even more content, configurable options and crazily fast rushing action in to the mixing machine, and the first trailer for the overall game shows how stunning it appears in movement. While no worldwide release time has been given by yet, today’s Philippines very soft launch is a perfect chance to try out Gameloft’s next generation of mobile race game.
Beyond the visual wonders, the most interesting feature for me personally in Asphalt 9 Cheats is the new ‘Touch Drive’ control system. This type method guarantees to ‘streamline steering to let players focus on the fun of rushing’, that could be a huge gain in terms of ease of access for gamers. Needless to say, there are questions over how this will be balanced online, and to what degree Gameloft took control from the cockpit, but it’s nice to have an additional steering method beyond the traditional touch and tilt inputs. Over fifty autos – boasting major manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche – seventy detailed tracks and pledges of a fully-fledged career function also underline Asphalt 9’s commitment to content. However, a free-to-play monetisation model and a frequent network interconnection make me sceptical, no matter how refined and detailed the racing is apparently.
Despite the occasional major release, the big-budget driving a vehicle genre has been understandably under-represented on the App Store of late, and it’s really right down to games like Asphalt 9 to establish there is still a space for such titles on today’s iOS ecosystem. The delicate kick off version of Asphalt 9: Legends is available to download on the Philippines App Store today – with no concrete worldwide release date as of yet, use our soft release guide to test-drive the game early, and why don’t we know very well what you think of subject on our forum thread.