Asphalt 8: Airborne is the newest entry in the popular auto racing series from Gameloft. This is no racing simulator – unlike Real Racing 3, this game is pure arcade action. You do get to race all kinds of real life cars, though, from the Audi R8 e-tron to the Dodge Dart Rallye, all the way up to exotics like the Lamborghini Veneno (though, just like most racing games, Porsche is absent – you get RUF’s crazy tuned Porsches instead). Read on for some tips and tricks for Asphalt 8: Airborne!
Even though this is primarily an arcade style racer, you still have to use a lot of strategy. For example, if you are racing a car such as the Tesla Model S, R8 e-tron or another electric car, your top speed will be terrible, but your boost level will be insane. When racing electric cars, then, use drifting as often as possible to increase your boost gauge, and then blast off with the nitro.
With electric cars especially, but with any car that has extremely high boost, you can achieve easy takedowns by hitting the boost and then simply ramming into someone who’s in front of you. If you are in second place, this is an easy way to secure first place; otherwise, it’s just fun to do, and can help secure star bonuses on stages.
Drifting slows you down, though, but there are a few ways to increase the boost gauge without slowing down. Jump off of curved ramps to do barrel rolls, or drift off of a straight ramp to do a 360 degree spin. Even simply going airborne can increase your leftover boost. Remember, too, that you can actually turn the car while it is in midair, which will prevent you from hitting walls, visible or not visible.
Play easy stages over and over to earn more credits for when you need to buy new upgrades, or new cars altogether. Since there is no energy metric, you can play as often as you want, whenever you want. Play until you earn enough credits to buy upgrades and cars. For new cars, remember, save up for the ones with the highest top speed.
To get a perfect nitro boost at the beginning, learn how to time the starts correctly. The best timing tends to be hitting the screen exactly 1/4 second before the game tells you to go.