Gameloft's Asphalt series of racing games have come a long, long way since their humble beginnings on mobile phones, the ill-fated N-Gage, and Nintendo DS almost a decade ago. The latest in the series, Asphalt 7: Heat [$4.99], was released over the summer and was easily the most impressive iteration yet, offering a full-blown arcade racer wrapped up in an incredibly shiny package.

Currently you can grab Asphalt 7 for the very agreeable price of free. Now, the game has always been just 99¢ anyway, which is incredibly cheap for such a full-featured title. This probably has something to do with the amount of IAP in the game: there's a lot of it. It's not the bad kind though, just the kind that asks you to play a whole lot in order to earn enough in-game currency to buy all the various cars and upgrades. The "buy some IAP if you're impatient" kind, if you will.

Still, removing the barrier of entry will likely be a good way to get people to check out Asphalt 7 if they were on the fence before. I mean, why not? All you've got to lose is time, and admittedly it is a huge download at over 1GB. If you're a racing game fan then you'll definitely want to check it out, as although they're different in many ways, it compares favorably to EA's Need For Speed Most Wanted [$4.99], which came out just last month and also seems to be vying for the spot of "best iOS racer" in the minds of gamers.

You might need to hurry though, as according to the description Asphalt 7: Heat will only be free for a day.

  • Leonick

    "It's not the bad kind though, just the kind that asks you to play a whole lot in order to earn enough in-game currency to buy all the various cars and upgrades. The "buy some IAP if you're impatient" kind, if you will."

    Ok, maybe my sarcasm detector is broken or needs a update... But I'm pretty sure that's actually the bad type of IAP, i.e the one where they want you to pay to accelerate the game which most likely means progression is slower than it would be. The good type of IAP/microtransactions is when it gives you either stuff that could be classed as DLC/mini-expansion or stuff that is purely cosmetic and have no effect on gameplay.

    • shinbone64

      What he means is that IAP is really only if you are impatient. I haven't beaten the game yet but I've had enough money to buy everything I've wanted thus far.

      • drloony

        How do you know "what he means"? Are you psychic? I love how ppl try so hard to defend IAP. You say "impatient", I say unwilling to grind for endless hours

      • Adams Immersive

        “Impatient” is a quote from the review, so it is what the reviewer means. I haven’t played yet to see if I agree with the reviewer, but what the reviewer means is very clear to me: the game is fun without buying IAP (which isn’t true for some IAP games). Instead it’s just “buy some IAP if you're impatient.”

        IAP isn’t evil by nature—it’s what you get for it and how it’s done that matters. I hate badly-done IAP, but I reserve judgement: maybe the reviewer is right about this one and it’s worth playing after all.

      • Respox

        Yes, you nailed it. Despite all the hate Gameloft gets around here (which is puzzling to me), their IAP implementations are usually fair. Unlike every game by Glu, where there is always a level that tells you in no uncertain terms, "Give us your money or you will never get past this point."

      • thegauge

        IAPs are the devil, no matter how they're implemented..

      • dariusjr98

        'Tis why I absolutely REFUSE to get ANYTHING from Glu. I'm definitely with you; I really don't get all the hate towards Gameloft.

      • Chester_Copperpot

        It's literally impossible to beat Oregon Trail on "very hard" without IAP. A lot of the game's content is available only through IAP. The review nag is also extremely needy. This is in a paid game. Kinda lame, overall.

        So, yeah, I agree with the haters - Gameloft can pretty much bite me. They already got my ass. Had to suck the venom out myself. I don't think my neck will ever be the same again and my ass cheeks are two different sizes now. You know what it's like to sit at a 45-degree angle on the crapper? It sucks, dude.

        Gotta prop myself up in a corner to eat Cheerios now. :

  • mguniverse

    I'm pretty satisfied with Need for Speed: Most Wanted, I don't know if I'll even download this.

    • Enjoo

      It pretty good, but it gets hard later on.

  • Shadowking2214

    I now have the game on my account I think I will install it later though,not one to play racing games cause gyroscope is annoying to me

    • mguniverse

      How would a racing game even use the gyroscope..? I'm pretty sure you're talking about the accelerometer.

      • Adams Immersive

        Both gizmos are used for accurate tilt control in games.

      • mguniverse

        I imagine somebody spinning around in an office chair trying to play a racing game.

  • Jacob007

    I saw this sale coming before A7 even came out at .99.

  • mistygio914

    After playing EA's Need for Speed: Most Wanted on iOS, I have nothing to say about this game anymore.

  • Estagmar

    After playing NFS Most Wanted the driving on this feels just so bad ...

  • PureRumble

    1.1 GB... now 1.1 free GB? Makes no difference to me! i wont download it until _I_get_paid_ 0.99 cents for doing it... u know, as compensation for sucking up 1/30 of my precious storage

  • extol4000

    This game came out WAY before Most Wanted. Don't hate on it b/c Need For Speed is more popular or it's cool to hate Gameloft. Give it a try. If it compares to Most Wanted in any way (which it does), that should tell you that it is a solid & fun game.

    -Rick

  • jakemat94

    I have real racing 2 and not that this game is bad but I think I'll stick with that for now, asphalt lags quite a bit on my i4.

  • jakemat94

    I have real racing 2 and not that this game is bad but I think I'll stick with that for now, asphalt lags quite a bit on my i4.

  • Apache7X

    Instabu- wait.. Instaget!

  • Apache7X

    Instabu- wait.. Instaget!

  • David Nicholas

    Get Asphalt 6. That game is amazing. I actually purchased 7 and got hit with an In App Purchase paywall about 1/4 of the way through. The interface is horrible, the cars are locked to specific circuits, and the price for "stars" (In App currency) is ridiculous. As if that weren't enough, many of the tracks are the same as 6. I highly recommend 6, not 7.

  • Decaf Table

    I find Need for Speed: Most Wanted does everything I need in an iOS racing game so far. Even though it's free I'm not going to waste my time trying this. Game progression in these types of games is slower the I'd like.