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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

History overview

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.

Blueprints, first introduced in Asphalt Street Storm Racing, are also cards and work in a similar way, except that they are needed to buy and not to upgrade a vehicle.

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 Fusion Points which could only be used to buy Pro Kit Boxes that granted other cards), the 2019 Holiday Update introduced Fusion Coins 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 Trade Coins, allowing players to buy other cards. Blueprints in Asphalt Street Storm Racing can be sold for the general currency Cash 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.

Asphalt 9: Legends Asphalt 9: Legends

Overview: Item availability matrix (Asphalt 9)

In Asphalt 9: Legends, only cards (comprising of Blueprints and Import Parts), Body Parts and Keys are items. All items can be sold for Trade Coins Trade Coins but only cards are stored in the inventory.

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Asphalt Street Storm Racing

Overview: Item availability matrix (Asphalt Streetstorm)

The Asphalt Streetstorm inventory with tabs for the different item types

Asphalt Street Storm Racing treats almost every in-game object as an item, including vehicles. Most of the storable items can be accessed via the inventory, except for

  • 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
Car icon as.png Vehicles Collection Cash Cash
Diamonds Diamonds
Blueprints Blueprints
Cash Cash
Blueprints icon as.png Blueprints Inventory - Cash Cash
Paint icon as.png Paints Specific - Cash Cash
Diamonds Diamonds
-
Generic
– matte
– metallic
– non metallic
- Cash Cash -
Generic
– polarized
– chrome
– polarized-matte
Inventory - Cash Cash
Decals icon as.png Decals Specific Inventory - Cash Cash
Generic - Cash Cash -
Wheels icon as.png Wheels - Cash Cash -
Underglows icon as.png Underglows Blue - Cash Cash -
Other colors Inventory - Cash Cash
Boost Boosts Boosts section Diamonds Diamonds -

Asphalt Xtreme Asphalt Xtreme

Overview: Item availability matrix (Asphalt Xtreme)

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 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
Vehicles Garage Blueprints Blueprints -
Blueprints Inventory Credits Credits
Tokens Tokens
-
Decal Garage - -
Boosters Pre-race screen Tokens Tokens
Blueprints Blueprints
-

Asphalt Nitro Asphalt Nitro

Asphalt Nitro can be regarded as a "light version" of Asphalt 8 how it was before the introduction of Fusion Coins Fusion Coins in the 2019 Holiday Update, but with some new features:

The exchange bar with the value of previously exchanged cards shown in blue and the value of newly added cards shown in green. The Exchange Points are sufficient to buy a D-Class Box D-Class Box but not a C-Class Box C-Class Box.

Cards can be "exchanged" like in the old Fusion Points 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 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
Vehicles Garage Credits Credits
Tokens Tokens
Real money
-
Kit Cards Inventory - Exchange Points
Colors - Free -
Boosters Pre-race screen Credits Credits
Tokens Tokens
-

Asphalt Overdrive Asphalt Overdrive

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
Vehicles Garage Bills Bills
Gold Gold
-
Colors - Gold Gold -
License plates - Gold Gold -
Boosters Pre-race screen Gold Gold -

Asphalt 8: Airborne Asphalt 8: Airborne

Overview: Item availability matrix (Asphalt 8)
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