A currency in the Asphalt series is a virtual in-game unit that
- can be obtained by performing specific actions (like finishing races) and
- can be spent for specific virtual items, for instance cars, upgrades or boosters.
Over the time, a broad variety of currencies has been introduced. They often have two different icons, one for displaying a price or balance (small, often simplified icon) and one for displaying a reward (big icon).
Every game has a basic currency which is Credits in most of the current games. Asphalt 7: Heat used Dollars instead, reintroduced in Asphalt Overdrive as Bills and in Asphalt Street Storm Racing as Cash.
Basic currencies are mostly earned by finishing races, completing career goals and participating in time-limited events.
With its 2019 Holiday Update, Asphalt 8 has introduced an additional currency named Fusion Coins which has become a de facto second basic currency.
Since the introduction of Tokens as a premium currency in Asphalt 8: Airborne, this concept has been taken over to Asphalt Nitro, Asphalt 9: Legends and Asphalt Xtreme. Asphalt Streetstorm has Diamonds instead. The main characteristics of a premium currency are that it is much more valuable than the basic currency, more difficult to obtain through in-game actions and more often connected with in-app purchases.
Again first implemented in Asphalt 8, random currencies mark the introduction of simulated gambling to the Asphalt games. They are usually named Cards and are essential for upgrading and/or obtaining vehicles.
Cards are generally not perceived as a currency at first glance because they come disguised as "Pro Kits" or "Blueprints", suggesting they are part of an upgrading or building process. In reality, Cards are spent and exchanged for virtual items like every other currency. The difficulty is that they can only be obtained through random containers ("Boxes", "Card Packs") so that players often need a large number of trials until they finally get a needed card.
The Fifteenth Anniversary Update of Asphalt 8 finally removed almost all random processes granting Cards so that Asphalt 8 Cards have become something in between a basic and a premium currency which must be earned. They are still listed in this section for the sake of completeness.
Cards in Asphalt Xtreme are a mixture of random and "normal" currency as they can be both granted by random processes and earned by performing in-game actions.
Besides, there are also many level indicators. These are not currencies in the strict sense as they are not exchanged for virtual items but stay in the possession of the players, indicating a certain level they have reached. Surpassing certain thresholds, however, enables players to obtain rewards or unlock features.
Currencies in the Asphalt games
Besides basic, premium and random currencies, most games have several more additional currencies which are listed on the pages below: