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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars



Violent role-playing game exalts mafia life; not for kids.
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Ease of play

This is not a casual app for picking up and playing well in two minutes, but the touchscreen controls and cues are good enough that it doesn't take too long to figure out what to do next. After you learn to drive the car and use the GPS map, it becomes a lot easier to move between your apartment and other locations.


There are shootings, intense car chases, and explosions. You can make your character use his fists but he can also shoot using pistols, machine guns, flamethrowers, and other weapons, killing both enemies and random passerbys. You can hijack


You can pick up a prostitute in your car and then have sex with her. You see the car rhythmically shaking and hear corresponding moaning.


Frequent usage of cuss words including "S--t," "f--k," "damn," and others.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Crack and other drug use is mentioned, and you traffic in drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a violent action game that features profanity, sex, drugs, criminals, and ugly attitudes toward women. The game depicts the world of organized crime and let's you join in the unlawfulness. You murder others for hire, but can also kill civilians. You can also kill police officers. Extreme cussing is spoken throughout the game. Drugs and illegal acts are a regular part of the gameplay. There is also simulated sex with prostitutes.

Is it any good?


GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS is a fast-pace, challenging, but violent action game in which you are a young hood out to avenge the murder of your mobster father. It is an action game for adults, not for kids.The story is moved along by a combination of canned comic-striplike interactions with other characters and real-time decisions you make as the main character, walking and driving through a fictional city. There are no good role models in this game, but it's engrossing. The touch controls are adequate, and overhead camera view of 3D buildings, street traffic, and pedestrians are fantastic.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:March 28, 2010
Category:Action Games
Publisher:Rockstar Games
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.1 or later

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Kid, 11 years old July 8, 2010
What other families should know
Educational value
Parent Written bybobybobyboy October 8, 2011

Its not as bad as you think

its a grat game, its got some violence and some language that may not be appropriate for some kids 12-. My 12 year old son often showed me this game and he has played it through many times. At first i had a very negative view towards this game but now, i see its not so bad and it matches more to my familie's principles than I thought
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byNick-117 December 12, 2013

Pretty awesome game

this game has a lot of swearing. i played the lite version on iPod touch and it's awesome. There is a lot of violence in it too.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking