Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Dull, awkward, violent open-world crime game.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

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Ease of Play

Simple controls can be awkward in some game moments.


Characters use guns to kill people, can run them over while driving. No blood.


There are strippers, though they don't show anything.


Mild profanity occasionally used.


Players use real-world money to buy in-game currency, which is used to purchase improvements for weapons, new outfits, and so on. Real money can also be used to buy packs that include new cars, weapons, in-game currency.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Veiled references to drug sales.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game is a violent open-world crime game. Not only do you play as a criminal, but you also use guns to kill people and can run them over with your car, though, oddly, there's no blood. Similarly, while these are criminals, there's only mild profanity in the dialogue. Some missions involve drugs, while others have you visiting a strip club, though in neither case are you seen enjoying these things, nor is there any nudity. Players can buy in-game currency, which in turn is used to buy new clothes, weapon upgrades, and new cars. You can also buy packs that include new cars, improvement credits, and so on. Read the app's privacy policy in the "Info" section of the game's "Options" menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLETS GO PPL April 4, 2021

Great game

I think that an 10 up kid should be able to play this game it has stripers but nothing is shown it just says that there is but if you do not care about that the... Continue reading
Adult Written bySauradip October 17, 2020
Teen, 15 years old Written bythisiscinematic June 24, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written bymax_fireson April 11, 2020

Suitable for ages 10 and up

The following game includes violence, mild blood and a bad example for children

What's it about?

In GANGSTAR NEW ORLEANS: ONLINE OPEN WORLD GAME, the latest in this series of open-world crime dramas, you play as a criminal in the Big Easy who's trying to start a gang with his pal. This isn't as easy as it sounds, since New Orleans already has lots of gangs. Apparently, it also has lots of weirdness, since you have to contend with a lot of over-the-top characters and even the occasional zombie.

Is it any good?

Like its name, this Grand Theft Auto­-esque open-world crime game is awkward, unoriginal, and lacking any real punch. In Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game, you have to run, gun, and drive around an open version of the Big Easy, committing crimes and murdering people in hopes of forming your own gang. But while this may sound like fun to some, it also sounds like a lot of other games that handle this kind of action better. For instance, while shooting is simplified to the point of you just hitting a button (no aiming required), moving around is awkward, especially if you like to look where you're going. Meanwhile, all your missions are rather pedestrian. In fact, the only mechanic that works well is driving, and that's only if you don't care how many people you run over on your way to the store.

But the biggest problem with this game is that it's nothing we haven't seen before. While the gameplay makes this feel like a low-rent Grand Theft Auto, its over-the-top characters peg this as more of a Saints Row rip-off. Even the setting isn't unique, since the recent Mafia III was also set in New Orleans. Adding insult to injury, the game is also buggy and, during this review, often crashed when starting up. All of this explains why Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game, like its name, is rather dull, clunky, and uninspired.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel differently that you're shooting people, as opposed to aliens or monsters?

  • Talk about driving safety. This game doesn't penalize you for driving erratically or disobeying the rules of the road, but why do we have those rules, and why do you think you should obey them?

  • Discuss budgeting money. What makes more sense to you: spending real money for a car in this game or spending real money on a real car?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 14, 2017
  • Category: Action Games
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • Size: 822.00 MB
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Version: 1.01
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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