Item is a generic term for a concept that is implemented to different extents in many games of the Asphalt series. It describes a virtual entity that usually fulfils all or most of the following conditions:
- It has a graphic representation (mostly an icon) with a reference to a real-world object.
- It can be
- It can be stored at some place in the game, mostly the inventory.
- Players can own multiple instances of it.
- It can be sold for in-game currency.
This definition distinguishes items from
- currencies which are a means of payment to buy items,
- random containers which pretend to be items but actually are sets of lottery-like random experiments that grant items.
Items were first implemented as cards that have a double function in most of the Asphalt games. Introduced as Pro Kits in the Winter Update of Asphalt 8: Airborne, they were promoted as an alternative way to upgrade vehicles, but actually were nothing but an additional currency disguised as items. A good comparison would be that of a banknote: Although cards show depictions of items like engines or vehicle parts, they are not items themselves but grant the right to acquire such an item.
As there were many different cards, the balance could not simply be displayed as a number in the top bar like other currencies, which led to the introduction of the inventory where players could browse through the cards they owned.
Over time, cards were given more properties that made them similar to items. While Asphalt 8 Pro Kits initially could only be exchanged for a subsidiary currency ( Fusion Points which could only be used to buy Pro Kit Boxes that granted other cards), the 2019 Holiday Update introduced Fusion Coins which evolved into a universal currency and made cards freely tradable like other items. Cards in Asphalt 9: Legends went a similar way and became tradable for Trade Coins, allowing players to buy other cards. Blueprints in Asphalt Street Storm Racing can be sold for the general currency Cash.
As the item concept evolved, it was extended to other gameplay elements. Kit Boxes in Asphalt Nitro can not only grant cards but also boosters, although the latter do not appear in the player's inventory. Finally, Asphalt Street Storm Racing established the most comprehensive item system: Almost everything in the game can be stored, sold and owned in multiple instances, including customization objects like paints or decals, and even vehicles—which makes Asphalt Streetstorm the only Asphalt game that allows players to own more than one vehicle of a kind.
The Showdown Update of Asphalt 8 later took over elements from the Streetstorm approach and turned boosters and free upgrades into full items that were now stored in the inventory and had a sale value.
- Overview: Item availability matrix (Asphalt 9)
- owned vehicles which can be viewed in a separated Collection with manufacturer and class filters
- Boosts which are accessed via the balance display in the top bar.
Although Wheels have their own tab in the inventory, they can only be bought and applied directly. The existence of the tab may hint at a previously planned but never realized feature.
The following table gives an overview of how items are stored, obtained and sold. Note the double function of Blueprints as a currency to buy vehicles and as items that take inventory space and can be sold.
|Item||Type||Storage||Gift Boxes||Buy with||Sell for|
– non metallic
Shortly after the soft launch of Asphalt Steetstorm and its universal item system in December 2016, Asphalt Xtreme went the opposite way with its Coachella Update released in May 2017. The update made cards unsellable and replaced all card types with blueprints and class-specific tool cards. Blueprints were now needed to buy and to upgrade vehicles; tool cards only for upgrades.
As a player's inventory would have grown infinitely without the possibility to get rid of unneeded cards (for example if a vehicle is already at max level), the Nepal Update later added the Overclock booster which is vehicle-specific and can only be bought with blueprints.
As of 2020, cards are stored in the inventory, boosters are only available on pre-race screens and decals can be accessed by tapping on a vehicle in the garage. Apart from the Overclock booster for blueprints, none of these items can be exchanged, sold or otherwise disposed of.
The following table gives an overview of how items are stored and obtained. Note the missing possibility to sell items as well as the reduced function of Blueprints which serve as a mere currency to buy and upgrade vehicles or to buy the Overclock booster.
|Item||Storage||Boxes||Buy with||Sell for|
|Boosters||Pre-race screen||✘|| Tokens
- Kit Boxes do not only grant Cards but also Boosters and Fuel, a currency for the entry fee of Time-Limited Events.
- There is only one type of upgrade instead of the and sections of Asphalt 8, and every update costs Cards.
Cards can be "exchanged" like in the old Fusion Point system of Asphalt 8. However, the equivalent of exchanged cards is not expressed explicitly in an extra currency but is only shown graphically in a bar that indicates which of the Exchange Boxes can be bought with the accumulated points. Cards have different values, so the progress bar grows more or less, depending on the card. This progress can be measured in pixels and led to the introduction of Exchange Points on Asphalt Wiki, the equivalent of Fusion Points in Asphalt 8.
The following table gives an overview of how items are stored, obtained and sold.
|Item||Storage||Kit Boxes||Buy with||Sell for|
|Kit Cards||Inventory||✔||-||Exchange Points|
|Boosters||Pre-race screen||✔|| Credits
As an "endless runner" spin-off, Asphalt Overdrive differs in many ways from the other games of the Asphalt series. In this game, most elements are rather properties of the objects they belong to than items that can be owned. The only objects that can be owned are vehicles and boosters. Consequently, there are neither an inventory to store items nor boxes to grant them.
The following table gives an overview of the rudimentary item system.
|Item||Storage||Buy with||Sell for|
- Overview: Item availability matrix (Asphalt 8)