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Asphalt 9: Legends (Series) Review

Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Rich Adams and Jo Robertson.


Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.

You drive a range of hundreds of cars, each from a different class and progressively featuring higher performance and rarity. You start with a car in the lowest class (Class D), the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and work your way up. Each car can be customized with paint jobs, rims, and brake calipers.

Racing is fast and furious and towards the quick competitive end of the spectrum rather than realism. You can use "nitro shockwave" to increase speed substantially. There are three modes: Career, Multiplayer, and Events. There are three race types: racing, time attack and hunted where you must escape the police

The game features tracks set in Cairo, the Himalayas, the U.S. Midwest, Scotland, and Caribbean. It also brings back five locations from previous games in the series: San Francisco, Rome, New York City, Shanghai and Osaka.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Game Loft (@GameLoft)


Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Depending on how quick you are at the racing.
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online. On the Switch you can race offline multiplayer in four player split screen. If you have two Switch systems and two copies of the game you can play with 8 players locally on Switch. You can't do split screen on iOS or Android.


Asphalt 9: Legends

Steam Store PC Free
Switch Store Switch Free
Steam Store Mac Free
App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch. The game is free, but does incentivise the purchase in-game items.

You can buy the game and content together in the following packs:
  • Asphalt 9: Legends -- Italian Bundle
  • Asphalt 9: Legends Triple Threat Bundle
  • Asphalt 9: Legends – High-Gear Bundle

You can start the game for free and then buy individual packs:
  • Asphalt 9: Legends Starting Racer Bundle
  • Asphalt 9: Legends -- Italian Pack
  • Asphalt 9: Legends Triple Threat Pack
  • Asphalt 9: Legends – High-Gear Pack


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Implied Violence, Mild Violence
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.


The game includes an autopilot mode called Touch Drive on mobile platforms. It offers three control schemes: Tilt to Steer, Tap to Steer, and Touch Drive in which the player selects routes and stunts by swiping left and right.

On PC and Switch, Touch Drive can be used with tilt or touchscreen and an accelerometer. You can also play in a two button mode the left trigger is break/drift and the right trigger is the nitrous boost.
Our Asphalt 9: Legends Accessibility Report documents 13 accessibility features:

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