Asphalt 6 Adrenaline (Mac) Review
The success of Apple’s mobile devices in luring developers (both Indie and mainstream) into developing for them has been impossible to ignore. Browsing through their store, major players like EA and Capcom share space with tiny one-man dev studios and amateur game deisgners in what is effectivelly a meritocracy. It doesn’t matter who made it, if its fun to play and has some good word-of-mouth, it will sell. In this arena Gameloft must feel comfortable. With a long history of mobile gaming releases, Asphalt is one of their longest running and most enduring franchises.
Now, with the advent of the Mac App Store developers have realised an opportunity to port their games made for iOS to the Mac desktop. Seeking to replicate their success in mobile and tablet gaming, they have brought their cheap and cheerful store to full desktop computers. In such an environment there is much more competition. Platforms like Steam, Gamesgate and many others view for gamers attention, so to succeed the MAc App Store need one thing: quality games.
Gameloft has the potential to produce these quality games. In this case they have taken their popular racing title Asphalt 6: Adrenaline and polished up the graphics and gameplay to produce a pretty damn good game for a reasonable price.
A6 is very much in the arcade camp of driving games with nitro boosts, hidden shortcuts and ‘Crazy Driving’ signs flashing at you every few minutes. This arcade approach is in keeping with the previous entries in the series as well as the titles they are obviously inspired by. There’s no doubting that Gameloft looks closely at whats popular in the market for inspiration. They also don’t skimp on quality, seeking to create games that rival major releases in levels of quality and production rather than just produce shallow imitations to full the unwary.
With Asphalt 6, anyone expecting an ultra-serious Gran Turismo experience will be disappointed. Despite this it’s the ‘fun’ aspect that will keep you returning to this game. With 42 different (real) cars and 55 tracks in all modes of play to unlock it has more than enough to keep you interested. There’ll be no endless tinkering with engines and shaving milliseconds of your lap time a la Real Racing 2 (it’s probable closest competitor). This is an unapologetic arcade speedster.
Despite the production gloss and enjoyable arcade handling its not all perfect though. Niggles include a lack of a map showing your rivals position while the online multiplayer is somewhat jerky and the cars can look a little plastic sometimes. Despite all that for £3.99/$6.99/5.49 euros these are small worries. This entry to the Mac App store is an unashamedly fun driving game. More entries like this, at this price point, and we could see the Mac App Store pwoerslide into first place.
8 screeching tires out of 10