Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Violent role-playing game exalts mafia life; not for kids.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 12 reviews

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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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult 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... Continue reading
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byAnounymous June 19, 2019
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.
Kid, 10 years old January 30, 2011

This is great

Look, Common Sense. Your reviews mostly are good, but this one, no. Drugs are talked about at schools by teachers. Language is heard on the streets. Violence is... Continue reading

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.

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