Grand Theft Auto III

Common Sense Media says

Ten years after original release, it's still not for kids.





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.

Parents say

Kids say

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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Kid, 10 years old December 21, 2011


Hate grand theft auto series!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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
Parent Written byhelper + February 10, 2012

bad no more gta

i do not like gta all of it is crap boooooooooooooo gta
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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