Parents' Guide to

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

GTA comes to the Nintendo DS, but it's NOT FOR KIDS.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 16+

Grand Theft Review

When I first played Chinatown Wars, I never knew about the format, but when I later played it, it was amazing!

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19):
Kids say (40):

Yes, the game is quite good, in fact, thanks to its fully realized world, dozens of challenging missions, optional side-quests (which add to the game's replayability), addictive mini-games (including a "Simon Says-"like exercise to set a timer for a bomb) and wireless multiplayer options that lets you and a friend roam the streets of Liberty City in co-op and head-to-head modes. So long as you're old enough to recognize this game as a piece of adult entertainment – an interactive episode of The Sopranos, if you will – there's no denying the game is fun, easy to control, and packed with plenty of well-crafted game-play.

Because the game is on the Nintendo DS, the touch-screen is used often by the player, usually during mini games that require some sort of environmental manipulation. For example, at the start of the game, Huang is locked in a car right before it is tossed into water, so you need to use the DS stylus to crack the rear window and escape to safety. Later on, you'll use the touch screen for weapons, be it making a Molotov cocktail or assembling a gun before assassinating an enemy with it. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown lives up to the hype – and the celebrated series – but only for players age 17 and older. Let's hope game retailers understand this.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Release date: March 17, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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