We've already given a perfect score to Asphalt 6: Adrenaline. It's an unashamedly fun, eye-poppingly visceral and breathtakingly brash arcade racer that skimps on realism to deliver massive thrills that are best described as utterly bonkers.
However, it also looks completely pants when blown up on an iPad. Which is where the HD version comes in. For a slightly higher price tag, you'll be able to net an optimised experience that looks great on the bigger screen. But is it worth the upgrade?
In case you don't know, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is an old-school arcade racer that focuses on finding shortcuts and shoving opponents off of the road rather than driving finesse. Boost and brake are mapped to each side of the screen, allowing you to treat your tablet like a steering wheel and get a immersive kick out of smacking your opponents silly. Burnout-style slow motion cinematics make doing so incredibly satisfying.
A huge array of events are on offer, including straight races, brutal knock'em down brawls and elimination trials. Placing first and fulfilling side objectives (such as attaining a certain amount of drift) grants you money and stars to unlock and customise more cars, which can be perused through a walk-around garage. Lovely. You can read more details in our earlier review.
So, what's new? Well... the visuals, basically. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD is optimised for the iPad, and as such, looks crisp and clean compared to the woefully pixelated universal app. It lacks the punch of the iPhone 4's retina display, however, with some washed-out colours and jaggy lines sometimes coming to the fore. However, the draw distance and detail is vastly improved.
Oh, and if you've got an iPad 2, a new patch has made it look absolutely stunning. We're not sold on the new boost effect, but still. Wow.
My only real quibble is the control interface itself, which is tough to get used to. The sensitivity needs to be set to taste, but the iPad soon becomes heavy and cumbersome after a few minutes. The lighter iPad 2 will be a different proposition, but if you've got an iPhone 4, you might be better off sticking to the cheaper version.
- Visceral, bonkers arcade shenanigans
- Loads of cars and upgrades
- Looks great
- Original iPad owners will get sore arms
- Occasional jagginess
Summary: Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD looks the business, drives well and provides loads of content. Well worth the extra quid for iPad owners.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Price: £3.99 - App Store