The game is a ripoff of Subway Surfers and Temple Run mixed with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (the former's overall gameplay, plus the latter two games' 1980s-1990s theme and feel).
Like other Asphalt spinoffs, this game was made as a cash in to the endless runner genre that was trending at the time.
The plot is just like Subway Surfers, where criminals escape in your car and get chased by police vehicles.
Despite the game being set in the 80s, it has many anachronistic cars such as the Lamborghini Veneno.
Car sounds feel too inaccurate; the Pagani Zonda R, for instance, has the engine sound of a Formula One car despite that its 6.0 L M120 V12 does not sound anything remotely close to a contemporary F1 car.
This game barely evens feels like Asphalt at all. Because the franchise is all about track racing.
Unlike other Asphalt games, Overdrive was short-lived; as of 2017, it is now permanently delisted from all digital storefronts.
Overdrive has some cars that mainline or another spin-off Asphalt titles got later or still have yet to get, like the DS Automobiles DS 3 Racing and SRT Viper GTS.
It also has cars that is not from any Asphalt titles, such as the Ford Explorer, the GMC Vandura and the Fiat 131 Abarth.
Its graphics are acceptably decent for a mobile game.