A WDesm review for XBoxHornet
“Easy to pick up, Impossible to Put Down – The Perfect Cocktail of Casual Gaming”
The goal of Asphalt Jungle is to prevent a moving car from running out of road to travel on, becoming a spiritual successor to games such as the old Pipe Mania and Pipe Dream. The car continues to travel forward, and the road, a jumbled mess, must be rotated and twisted to accommodate the car; when the car travels over the road, it is destroyed, requiring that the path not double back at any point. The game throws extra confusion into the mess with the occasional obstacle, removing the amount of road available to manipulate, or an occasional incentive in the form of a power-up (meaning bonus points), and even negative-point power-ups to be avoided at all costs. If you can survive this chaos for long enough, the destroyed asphalt randomly respawns, and the hectic fun begins anew.
Asphalt Jungle is exactly what XBLIG excels at – Asphalt Jungle is a single player ‘Casual Game’ that has a very simple premise, an infinite amount of playtime, and a perpetual encouragement to play ‘just a little bit more’ and do ‘just a little bit better’ at the game. It’s unfortunate that the game doesn’t have an explicit motivational system; as some of its recently-released XBLIG peers have shown, there is a merit and a charm to having in-game awards, badges, and ‘achievements’, even if they are not official achievements to add to your gamerscore. An easy implementation, even for these casual games, is a series of badges that unlock largely-superficial changes such as themes or new soundtracks, and it is a shame that Asphalt Jungle didn’t take the plunge into a direction such as that.
Asphalt Jungle is exclusively single player, so there’s no multiplayer opportunities to enjoy here, and coupled with the lack of goal-based awards/badges, you’ll probably not get hundreds of hours of challenging gametime, but the game that is offered is an enjoyable, relaxing and inviting timesink, and at the price of 80 MSPoints, you’ll get your money worth for sure.
Game Score 8/10
Download a free trial of the game here.