Grand Theft Auto III



Ten years after original release, it's still not for kids.
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What parents need to know

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. 


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). 


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.


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


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. 

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

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

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date:December 15, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:462.00 MB
Publisher:Rockstar Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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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 as a criminal who seeks revenge for his betrayal at the hands of his girlfriend. If you play just the story line you could probably beat the game without killing any innocent people. However it is very easy to acciendentally run over someone while driving fast. The violence is mild for an M rated game, however if someone is blown up by a car there is a chance mangled limbs will appear on the ground. Their is swearing, far less than other games in the series however. The sex in the game is (in my opinion) not that bad. You CAN have sex with prostitutes, but all you see is a shaking car and yes there is a red light district. However this district is comprised of two stores with XXX symbols and one club with two women in bikinis on a billboard. You cannot go inside any of these places. I have not played the game extensively so I don't know if you do drug running missions in the game, though i presume you do.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 have sex with a prostitiute for more life points.They just sit in the car while the car bumps up and down. (Nothing explicit, it's only implied) The player can go on random killing rampages, though there is almost no blood in the app version. Rough language is peppered throughout the game. I haven't heard any F**ks yet though. You can steal cars, drive boats, and fly a plane. The player can commit suicide with grenades, or by jumping into water that's over the head. All in all, this game is for teens, but they should know that not everything in GTAIII is for the greater good. This game is just ENTERTAINMENT.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 criminals involving killings, drive by shootings, and car chases. You can kill civilian's and cops at will, but it isn't very graphic, there is no dismemberment, just blood. There is a fair amount of language, but for this you just have to turn off the subtitles and sound, and skip the cutscenes. You can pick up pristitutes and have implied sex with them but nothing is shown. Drugs and alchohol are mentioned. Keep in mind that you can turn off blood, subtitles, volume, and you don't have to pick up the prostitutes. If you do this, it should be ok for 15 and up. otherwhy's it deserves it's not for kids rating. I wouldn't follow the storyline unless your 17.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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