Grand Theft Auto 3 Hits The App Store, And It’s Better Than You Ever Imagined



I’ve been so excited for the iOS port of Grand Theft Auto 3 that as soon as I opened my eyes this morning, I reached over to my iPhone and checked the App Store to see if it had arrived. (Sad, I know.) As promised, it was there, and having played it for a little while this morning, I can assure you it’s better than you ever imagined.

The iOS release of Grand Theft Auto 3 celebrates the title’s tenth anniversary, but this game certainly doesn’t feel like it’s ten years old — certainly not on iOS. Rockstar Games has updated its visuals to take advantage of Apple’s Retina display devices and its dual-core A5 processor.

The results are incredible. Sure, it’s exactly the same game you enjoyed on the PlayStation 2 all those years ago, but now it’s in your pocket, and you can play it anywhere.

Rockstar has also done a great job of adapting the title to virtual controls. I had concerns that the lack of a control pad may let the game down a little, but the on-screen controls work wonderfully. Check out this video of Grand Theft Auto 3 on the iPad 2 from TouchArcade:


If you’re a fan of Grand Theft Auto games, you must get Grand Theft Auto 3 for your iOS device — you certainly won’t be disappointed. It’s compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, fourth-generation iPod touch, iPad, and iPad, and it’s a universal app so you only have to purchase the title once at $4.99 to play it on all of your devices.

What do you think of Grand Theft Auto 3 on iOS?


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  • grublets

    I’d love it if Rockstar made Manhunt for iOS…

  • Edgar Rios

    what about vice city and san andreas?

  • MacHead84

    I dont play games on Playstations and Xboxs and other crap like that so Ive never actually played any GTA games so I may grab this since itd be new to me.

  • Brennan Hickey

    if they have cheat codes, Im buying haha

  • GregsTechBlog

    I can’t imagine GTA without cheats though…

  • prof_peabody

    It never ceases to amaze me how a game that’s centred around stealing, killing, running people over and raping hookers is somehow “okay” for the App store but something as innocuous as jiggly boobies or a bare bum is some kind of perverted nightmare from which we must protect our children.

    Morality in the USA is so totally screwed up it’s funny.

  • MacHead84

    Sounds like someone wants to play with some weird pervy apps to me. Or maybe its because if you want to look at naked women you can already do that thru Safari but if you want to play a shooting game you cant do that thru Safari as well….

  • prof_peabody

    You totally missed the point of what I was saying.  

    My point is that there are apps that are totally normal and not “pervy,” and not even anything to do with sex, that are banned from the app store because they may have a picture of a girl in a bikini in them at some point.  

    There are other apps that happen to have nudity in them at some point that have absolutely nothing to do with sex that are also banned.  Nudity is not necessarily sexual.  This isn’t about porn.  

    Even if you just want to talk about the “sexy” stuff, the typical sexy/joke stuff that is banned in the Apple store is perfectly legitimate stuff that you could buy in any bookstore, even a *kids* bookstore outside of the USA.  The stuff Apple banned was tamer than an old Benny Hill show which was apparently okay to run in prime time 40 years ago, but today is “obscene”???

    It’s really *only* the USA that thinks this stuff is bad or should be for “adults only.”  Thus my comment about the screwed up morals down there.  

  • Brandon Dillon

    I knew you were over-due for an anti-American rant. You’re really at the wrong blog.

  • Brandon Dillon

    I just bought this on my iMac a week ago. This is one of those games that just never gets old.

  • Don Pope

    Yes, our county’s sense of morality is all screwed up.

  • Don Pope

    please ignore

  • Don Pope

    Disqus keeps posting my comments in the wrong place. Please ignore again.

  • Mike Rathjen

    Vice City was my favorite. They really nailed the 80’s drug war Miami Vice feel.

  • Nathan Glass

    You never rape the prostitutes in GTA. If you ever played the game you would know that you “pay to play” with the prostitutes. Then you kill them and get your money back. Also it’s all about $$$$. GTA will make way more money than a jiggly boobies app.

  • TradeGothicBold

    I can’t understand ya, go back to yer country

  • TradeGothicBold

    I can’t understand ya, go back to yer country

  • Gregz0r1

    An Awesome port, with only one irritating flaw(that I hope gets fixed soon):
    There seems to be no way of selecting targets, when aiming a firearm. Many times I’ve been trying to shoot gang members, with the game randomly locking onto innocent bystanders, meaning I get wasted, in no time.
    Another thing, I’d the lack of saved game syncing between devices. I love playing a mission or two on my commute to work, and pick up in more comfort on my iPad, when at home, but there’s no continuity at present.