Gameloft’s hit arcade racer, Asphalt 9: Legends, has now made its way over to macOS Catalina, and it sounds like a great port. 

The Mac version was originally announced last June on stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, though despite the lengthy wait, bringing Asphalt 9 to Mac has apparently been achieved “in a very streamlined way” thanks to the tools provided by Apple’s very own Mac Catalyst development platform.

“Players will experience all of the same content on macOS, iPadOS and iOS, including the boundary-pushing graphics of Asphalt 9: Legends on an even bigger screen and at higher resolutions while running at 60fps”.

That’s all very good news, as is the announcement that you’ll be able to carry your progress into the new version. Going forward, the Mac port will have total content parity with the popular iOS version.

I reviewed the recent Switch port of Asphalt 9: Legends back in October of last year, finding that it “serves up the glitz of a high-quality arcade racer, though its hollow core makes for an overlong, vapid experience when compared to its Switch contemporaries”.
That said, ex-Ed Harry was a whole lot fonder of it than me when he reviewed the mobile originals

in 2018, saying “Asphalt 9 offers controls for everyone, fun for everyone, and white-knuckle, cackling-with-laughter crashes for everyone”, before awarding it a Gold Rating.

User reviews are a little less divided, with the game holding an impressive 4.8 stars on the US App Store and 4.5 stars on Google Play. Best give Gameloft’s megahit a go yourself and see where your opinion of it falls.

You’ll find Asphalt 9: Legends available for download now as a free-to-play title from the App Store, Mac App Store, and Google Play.
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