Grand Theft Auto III

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Ten years after original release, it's still not for kids.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

There are a lot of controls on screen, making it sometimes hard to control actions. This is especially true for iPhone players. 

Violence

Players can kill other humans, including police officers, or drive into pedestrians on sidewalks and parks. There are beatings, gang warfare, drive-by shootings, and bloody deaths, many shown in up-close detail. For example, players can drive on teh sidewalk, running over pedestrians at will or assault a pedestrian on the street, beating them to death to get money (or beating a police officer to death to get his weapon). 

Sex

Prostitutes are prominent characters in the game, both as part of the story and non-player characters -- and they're dressed in low-cut apparel, true to the streetwalker cliche. You can gain "health points" by having implied sex with a prostitute in your car, where you hear what is happening and watch rhythmic actions of the couple from a distance, but don't actually see the act.

Language

If you can think of it, you will hear it in this game. No obscenity is left unturned.

Consumerism

The game is part of a long-running franchise, and players may be moved to buy a more recent version of the game after playing this. This 10th anniversary edition also comes as the fifth installment of "Grand Theft Auto" is looming. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol and drugs are spoken of and consumed frequently throughout the game. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grand Theft Auto III is a game that is not meant for kids in any way whatsoever. The original console version was one of the more controversial titles in the video game industry's history and little has changed beyond the control scheme in this version. Players can lead a life of crime, shoot police officers (as well as civilians and gangsters), drink and drive, and have sex with prostitutes. Even the songs on the radio are filled with offensive language.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCommonsenseexpert January 11, 2012

Pretty darn good

I love this app! but Grand Theft Auto III IS about the other side of the law. When not playing the missions, (Some of which can be hard to complete) one can hav... Continue reading
Parent Written byMikeSmith1234 March 30, 2015

Grand Theft Auto

Common sense media is saying a lot of crap. I have watched my 13 year old daughter play this game many times, and I have even played it many times myself. It h... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCptDrake May 6, 2012

Pretty bad but not terrible for a mature teen

(I have the PC version not the mobile one. The mobile one is in fact watered down with less blood.)Although fun this game can be excessive. It the game you play... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDrayoc May 25, 2012

Blood and subtitles can be turned off.

Grand Theft Auto has forever been praised as the best sandbox game of all time. You play an escaped criminal, and the point of the game is to do jobs for other... Continue reading

Is it any good?

Let's be very clear: GRAND THEFT AUTO III is not -- and will never be -- a game for kids. The language, violence, and overt sexuality in it are entirely inappropriate for anyone under 17. Adult gamers who pick it up and enjoy action games that push the envelope will find it to be a captivating experience, however. 

The game, now 10 years old, makes a very smooth transition to the iOS world, not changing its controversial gameplay, whose content sometimes overshadowed its groundbreaking achievements in the gaming world. The open world aspects of the game still shine through -- and the details that made the original so compelling are here as well. The control structure is a little too complicated, though, since there are so many actions to choose from. It clutters the screen on an iPad and truly overwhelms an iPhone or iPod Touch. And the aiming system isn't as advanced as newer titles by Rockstar. It would have been nice to see that updated a tad. Despite the flaws, it's still a momentous game and one of the deepest in the app store catalog for mature gamers. For $5, it's a steal. 

App details

For kids who love action and adventure

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