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It's been a long time coming, but arcade race fans can finally get their fix of Asphalt HD on their Android phones. Gameloft is known for combining top-quality graphics with super-smooth arcade control schemes, giving casual racing game fans, including yours truly, a lot to love.
After an hour of non-stop racing, I'd unlocked a bevy of female co-pilots (so to speak), a long list of special events, time trials, drifting competitions and a fair amount of cash. All of this let me unlock some new whips, upgrades to my rides, and lots more.
Racing is fun, with the default tilt-steering setup working well after a little practice. The first few tries will result in over-steering into walls and competitors; figuring out the sweet spot for avoiding this will be critical to your long-term success as a top finisher.
Once you reach your first cop-chase scene, you might get a little frustrated. If you've played Burnout, you know what this is all about. Except in Asphalt HD, the enemy car AI is nearly too good to be true. You'll need to finish a few of these to progress, so take a deep breath, and do your best. Eventually you'll reach the proper number of eliminations to progress, although you might want to throw your Droid against the wall at times.
As long as you're not looking for a true driving simulator, Asphalt HD has many hours of arcade racing fun in store. There are 30 vehicles to unlock from the usual suspects (Ferrari, Audi, Ducati anyone?), along with 12 tracks of goodness.
Let's hope that future updates include a multiplayer mode (Wi-Fi and online, please, if you're listening Gameloft).