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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD

GTA mob game comes to iPad with violence, sex, and drugs.
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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Unlike some apps that you can pick up and instantly understand, Chinatown Wars HD has a learning curve. Mastering driving in the game takes some time, as does using the GPS map. Once you've done so, things begin to get easier. The onscreen instructions are somewhat helpful and attempt to hold the player's hand somewhat in the early stages of the game.


Using a variety of weapons including pistols, machine guns, flamethrowers, and grenades, players regularly shoot, beat, and kick others onscreen -- both enemies and (should the player choose) innocent bystanders. There's no penalty for carjacking vehicles. And users are sometimes rewarded financially when they drive speeding cars over people who are walking on the sidewalk. The game also has numerous intense car chases. It's not as violent as console versions of GTA, but blood can be seen. 


There are several references to strippers, hookers, and porn films in the game. Players can also have sex with prostitutes in a car and hear moaning, as the car rocks rhythmically - but there are no graphic acts shown in game.


Pretty much any obscenity you can imagine is used in the game -- though it's read instead of heard. (The game does not feature any voice acting.) "F--k" is used regularly, as are "s__t," "asshole" and "prick" -- along with much milder swear words like "damn" and "hell".

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drugs are mentioned in the game as a recreational habit for a now-deceased character. And drug use and selling occur in the game, though there is little detail visible on screen.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD is a violent action game that is centered around the world of organized crime - and is entirely inappropriate for children. It is filled with gang violence, murder-for-hire, drug use, and prostitution. Players can kill police officers, civilians and other gangsters - often with no negative consequences. (It's possible to drive down the sidewalk, running over dozens of people without ever seeing your 'wanted' level increase - though if you happen to tap a police car as you drive, you'll find yourself under hot pursuit. ) Obscene language is regularly used throughout the game and sex is simulated.

Is it any good?


While GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS HD is absolutely not a game you want children to play, it's a very good game for adult action fans. The world is lush and filled with interesting characters and has over 50 challenging missions. Like most GTA games, it's filled with sidequests that extend the amount of playable hours considerably. An iPhone version of the game has been available for a while - but the graphics are notably better on the iPad version. This is, arguably, the best looking version of the game to date. (It has also been published for the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP.) Players can also use any iTunes music they have on the iPad as one of the in-game radio stations whenever they're driving in the game. Even better, the iPad version does not charge extra for these features.

Because the game takes place over a large area, you'll need to quickly learn to drive using the iPad's controls, which are adequate, but hardly intuitive. The learning curve is a bit steep -- and that's frustrating when one of your first missions involves escaping from the police.

App details

Release date:September 9, 2010
Category:Action Games
Publisher:Rockstar Games
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.2

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKiPunk11 February 16, 2011

Violent, Cartoonish, Absolutely Delightful.

It's a GTA game. That being said, it's in the same style as the older (rated T for Teen) GTA games for the PS1 and PC. Violence is moderately bloody, and depending on your kid's ethics, can even be used on innocents. I really think what's misrepresented is the fact that it's NOT encouraged to go on a killing spree. Yeah, it's fun, but you're going to be chased by cops or killed by gangsters. You can, of course, hire prostitutes. No nudity is shown, (funny how you can kill innocent people, yet nudity is verboten, isn't it?) the car simply shakes about and you hear moaning noises. There's actually a storyline, but you're a criminal. It's not a very noble journey, but it's a fun one. Great game, and just remember, it's escapism. Fine for the teens in your family if you're kosher with some violence, crime, and unseen sexuality.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 13 year old Written byabrahm January 31, 2011
To be honest, its no that violent
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byufosjt February 23, 2012

Definitely NOT for kids.

This app, is very violent. You can shoot people, run people over, and do many other violent things. There are missions where you have to run people over... Crazy...right? I am 39 myself and I watch my kids play ANY app or Video game. I personally liked this game because it can be challenging at times and is fun. Kids should not play this game because it represents people running around the streets, dealing drugs, having sexual intercourse with strangers, and killing people, without getting into much trouble, even though cops can chase you down. This game also features sex. Your character can pick up strippers, or even do certain "missions" for them. The language is VERY strong, even though none can be heard, just it written. The drugs, are stronger than CSM say. There is a lot of detail with people snorting cocaine, rolling blunts, and lots more. You also do a lot of dealing and trading in this game. I give this a "Not for kids" rating.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking