Difference Between Asphalt 8 and Asphalt 9 (Android Games) Which One is Better? 

The Asphalt 8 and Asphalt 9 racing series, by GAMELOFT, have been top-rated among all the racing games of arcade games. This series has been famous in all ages due to its unique gameplay, attractive graphics, realistic racing, stunning championships, and many more. The asphalt series gas produced up to 10+  games all of which were super hits. The games which are produced by the Asphalt series are

  1. Asphalt: Urban GT
  2. Asphalt: Urban GT 2
  3. Asphalt: Import Tuner Edition
  4. Asphalt 3: Street Rules
  5. Asphalt 4:  Elite Racing
  6. Asphalt 5
  7. Asphalt 6:Adrenaline
  8. Asphalt Audi RS 3: with Audis
  9. Asphalt 3D: 3Ds
  10. Asphalt: Injection 
  11. Asphalt 7: Heat
  12. Asphalt 8: Airborne
  13. Asphalt Overdrive: the First IOS game
  14. Asphalt Nitro 
  15. Asphalt Xtreme 
  16. Asphalt Street Storm 
  17. Asphalt 9
  18. Asphalt Retro
  19. Asphalt Nitro 2

All of these are the first and the most rated games of all ages and all the players gave the best reviews during their release time and afterward. The following games were [produced with huge fandom demand from the players of the asphalt series. Here we are talking about the comparison of the two of the most amazing versions of asphalt which are asphalt 8 and asphalt 9.  So, we have to enlist both the similarities and differences between both these versions.


Before we discuss the similarities and differences between both, let’s take a brief intro about both for those who don’t know.

General Information:

CharacteristicsAsphalt 8Asphalt 9
Release DateAugust 22, 2013,July 25, 2018,
Developed byExotic BikesGameloft Barcelona
Available foriOS and Android, windows 8, and windows phone 8iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Android Version4.4 or Above4.4 or Above


There have been the following similarities observed among both series of asphalt 8 and asphalt 9:

FeaturesAsphalt 8 & Asphalt 9
Published by:
Allows Online Gameplay: yes
Presents unending asphalt arcade racing:yes


The game holds a number of differences between both games have a distinct premonition in the asphalt series. These differences are:

Sr.NoFeaturesAsphalt  8Asphalt 9
2.Multiplayer modeYesNo
3.Game controlTilt and touch tap to steerSteertouchTouch drive mode
4.PhysicsLess RealisticMore Realistic
5.Nitro boostersNo yes
6.Nitro shock waveabsentspresent
8.In-game clubsabsentpresent
9.RoutesLess realisticMore realistic
10.Game Typestwo single players multiplayerFourClassicHuntedSlip streamline attack
11.Offline GameplayYes (not multiplayer)No

Now let us discuss all the above different content in-depth:


The 3D and 2D graphical displays in both of the games are bearable but there comes a noticeable improvement for the asphalt 9. This version carries a close-up look at the vehicle and the camera focuses in depth. You can observe a shorter area on full screen. This is one way helpful in playing the game. But the large resolution sometimes increases the chances of lagging errors in the video game. Since errors are very rare, enjoying asphalt 9 is a good play.

Multiplayer Game Mode:

The multiplayer game mode is itself a huge thrilling challenge in racing. The asphalt 8 does offer a multiplayer mode for its players. But in the case of asphalt 9, it is unfortunately unavailable. So if one wants the single-player mode, he must prefer asphalt 9 otherwise the old asphalt 8.

Game Control:

The game control for both of the games is easy and enjoyable. The asphalt 8 expresses two types of control. 

Steer Control: 

One is tapping to steer control, in which players may tap the touch screen to make the moves. 

Touch and Tilt:

The other one is tilt and touch, where the user has to tilt the screen of the phone in order to make the perfect racing possible.


The laws of physics are applicable in both of the asphalt series versions 8 and 9. The fact is that the physics laws seem more realistic and good for asphalt 9, in contrast to that of asphalt 8. The sliding, hitting, swapping and escapes are more enjoyable, real, and thrilling for the asphalt 9 versions. 

Nitro Boosters:

The nitro booster technique doesn’t act very well in the case of asphalt 8, but for asphalt 9, it’s available in four different types:

  • Red
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Perfect nitro

The nitro boosters for asphalt 9, are even more attractive and enthusiastic. Following nitro boosters are present for the asphalt 9:

  • Yellow
  • Perfect nitro
  • Red
  • Nitro shock wave

Offline Gameplay:

The asphalt 8 supports a multiplayer mode where players need to be online all the time for this. Asphalt 9, does not carry any multiplayer racing mode.

Nitro Shock wave:

It is the purplish nitro booster action in the air that boosts the speed of the vehicles. This model is specifically associated with Asphalt 9. Asphalt 8 does not have the nitro boosters


The number of vehicles in asphalt 8 is far more than that of asphalt 9. The asphalt 8 collects a huge variety of 306 vehicles. On the other hand, the asphalt 9 carries a splendid variety of 175 as a result of the latest update in July 2022. The older version had an even lesser number of vehicles.

In-Game Clubs:

The club is the association that keeps the players bound in-game and helps them interact with each other. Asphalt 8 does not have any clubs installed yet. But asphalt 9 has the club’s facility and up to 20 members( players) can join them at a time.


The routes in asphalt 9 are much more realistic and dangerous, appetizing enough to race and compete as compared to asphalt 8. The routes in asphalt 8 are less close to reality and nature.

Game Types:

The older version that is asphalt 8 does not have a variety of gameplay types except single and multiplayer modes. The multiplayer mode is even better because there you may choose your opponent online from the list of players. But Asphalt 9 does not support any multiplayer mode. Instead, it holds four different game types:

  • Classic: the usual racing arcade game
  • Hunted: the gameplay with police chase up
  • Time attack: the gameplay with a time slot 
  • Slipstream: the gameplay with a streamline left behind while racing


In two games, when thoroughly observed with an eye of a connoisseur, we reached the conclusion that both games are worth playing. Each has the plus points that the other lacks.  However, if one wants to play more in the circle of multiplayer racing games, he should prefer asphalt 8. But if one wants a variety of advanced single-player racing games, he must choose asphalt 9.