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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a game that's completely inappropriate for children -- as are other games in the GTA series. The drug trade is glamorized and there's nonstop violence and sex, and it could teach them a few obscenities that even parents are unfamiliar with. The game is a direct recreation of the console hit, and what didn't work for kids then still doesn't today. Players can lead a life of crime, shoot police officers (as well as civilians and drug dealers), drink and drive, and have sex with prostitutes. The infamous "Hot Coffee" interactive sex scene that could be unlocked in the original game has been removed, though.
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What's it about?
Players can select how they move around the screen. They can use a virtual analog stick on the lower-left corner of the screen; digital buttons, which can be resized and moved around the screen to a place most comfortable for the player; or finger flicks, which can also be used in the lower-left corner of the screen. Controls to accelerate or brake while driving are on the lower-right corner of the screen, as are combat options when on foot.
Is it any good?
There shouldn't be any doubt by now that any game in the Grand Theft Auto series is a poor choice for young players. That doesn't take away the quality of the game for mature audiences. GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS is widely considered one of the best games in the series, with a strong story, plot twists, and mature themes. Also, this mobile port of the game is just as solid as the console version.
That said, the pervasive sex, drugs, harsh language, and nonstop violence make it wholly inappropriate for children. However, adults looking for a solid, interactive action-adventure game won't be able to put it down.
Our editors recommend
For kids who love action games
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