Game Review: Asphalt Street Storm Racing is a refreshing change
Gameloft’s new game, Asphalt Street Storm Racing, is a lot simpler than any of the other games in the series. It is free to play but needs active connection
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When it comes to racing games on mobile platform, Gameloft has plenty to offer. Their latest game, Asphalt Street Storm Racing, belongs to the popular Asphalt series but with a slight twist in the gameplay. It is drag racing on the lines of CSR Racing and is made for more casual gamers who find arcade racing games such as Asphalt Xtreme or GT Racing 2 too hard to play.
A free download with in-app purchases, the new game is available on both Android and iOS. It requires stable internet connection to run and takes up 920 MB of space after installation.
Simple but challenging gameplay
Drag racing games are simpler to play as players don’t have to steer a car through elaborate race tracks with sharp curves and multiple laps. Asphalt Street Storm follows the same style of play. It offers a single lap and a straight race track. Players have to change the gear at the right time to take advantage of speed burst provided by the nitro mode. With every win, the game rewards players with in-game coins which can be used to upgrade the existing inventory of cars, customise their look or buy new ones.
On-screen controls include buttons to change gears, accelerate and take nitro boosts. The trick is to keep the needle in the green zone in the RPM metre before changing gear or taking a nitro boost. To make the game more challenging, Gameloft has added unique weather conditions such as blizzard, rain storm and heat dusts, which may affect the movement of the car. You can challenge up to four players online. Though there are in-app purchases, it doesn’t try to stifle progress to compel players to go for them.
Limited camera view
The side-facing camera view focuses more on the cars than on the location. You get a close look at your car and that of the rivals’ during races. The only limitation is that you can’t change the camera angle. You can see the progress of your rivals in the progress bar at the top on a virtual race track.
Asphalt Street Strom Racing takes up too much space for a drag racing game and needs active connection to run. If the connection is disrupted, it takes a while to resume even on a 4G network. The gameplay is simple but involves quick thinking. If you are looking for something similar, but with offline gameplay and smaller file size, there is CSR Racing 2.
Developed by Gameloft
Free (In-app purchases Rs10 to Rs6,200)
Tested on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage)