Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Mobile version of console hit just as violent as original.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

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 the sidewalk, running over pedestrians at will or assault a pedestrian on the street, beating him to death to get money (or beating a police officer to death to get his weapon).


Explicitly sexual. 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 the word is offensive, it's used here regularly. 


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 edition also comes as the fifth installment of "Grand Theft Auto" for consoles is looming.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A core theme of the game is drug use and trafficking. There's some alcohol consumption as well.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is completely inappropriate for children. The game glamorizes the drug trade, is loaded with violence and sex and 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byzippy123 July 3, 2015

This Looks Fine

My son got this game when he was 11. I made sure I supervised him and it looked fine. My suggestion is kids around 11 should be allowed this game.
Parent of a 13-year-old Written by[email protected] July 2, 2015

This is a Promising Game

My suggestion is, this is appropriate for ages 12 and up. My 11 year old child has this application and it looks pretty ok. It's a little bit hard to play... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byEvil S. February 23, 2019

Great Game

This game Is Great. But the fact that CSM gave it an 18+ is stupid. The game is mostly Violent but they're forgetting something, It Ain't Real life! i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDuckyboy March 25, 2015

The Truth

Grand Theft Auto Vice City isnt intended for children but in my opinion i bought this game 1 month ago for PC and ipad and this game wasnt even bad like yeah th... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players control characters by using a virtual \"thumbstick\" on the left side of the screen and a series of buttons. When on foot, they control running, hitting, and shooting. When in a vehicle, they switch to a pedal and brake, drift and the horn. Users can change the radio station in vehicles by swiping the bottom of the screen. Players can follow the game's main story or opt for the hundreds of side missions in the game.

Is it any good?

No, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is not a game for kids -- but if you're at all familiar with the series, you likely already knew that. It's loaded with sex, violence, language, drugs and pretty much everything you want to shield a child from. 

But for adults, it's a very well-made action game that justifiably deserves the praise it has received for being "interactive cinema." The game transitions to the mobile world smoothly and weaves an intricate tale. The detail, ease of play, deep story, and sprawling game environment make this a game that any fan of the series will spend dozens of hours rediscovering. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: December 6, 2012
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 1021.00 MB
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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