Tag Games recently detailed the upcoming iPhone port of their recent mobile title Car Jack Streets, a sandbox-style game similar to the early Grand Theft Auto titles.

Car Jack Streets promises to be the closest thing to Grand Theft Auto on your iPhone when it launches early in the new year! Based upon Tag’s hit mobile title, Car Jack Streets returns to the retro top-down view of the original GTA games to bring the best driving and criminal action experience yet seen on the iPhone. Having run up gambling debts to the mob of over $1 million the player must start repaying the mob boss Frankie $50,000 a week, every week until the debt is cleared or you’re a dead man! Car Jack city is a huge urban environment where opportunities abound, both legal and criminal! Do what ever you can to pay off your debt, steal cars, run shipments, take out gang bangers – hell you can even deliver pizza if you have to, just make that payment in time or it’s all over!

Car Jack Streets runs in real time and features various gameplay components that utilize the iPhone's clock and date functionality to add a level of immersion to the game.

Features as listed by the developer:

  • Top-down 3D visuals for a real sense of vertigo
  • A huge variety of vehicles to jack including helicopters
  • An infinite combination of criminal tasks available each day
  • Advanced police and mob AI
  • Great audio and much, much more

A video of the mobile version gives a feel for the gameplay:

Car Jack Streets is slated for a January / February 2009 release.  Stay tuned for a closer look when the game hits the App Store.  In the meanwhile, have a look at a review of the mobile version from All About Symbian, who call the game "a great diversion" and "definitely recommended."

  • Vende

    Should be interesting to see the improvements in the iphone version

  • Vende

    Should be interesting to see the improvements in the iphone version

  • http://rightonblog.net James

    I wonder how long before Apple starts rating iPhone apps and allowing the iPhone's parental controls to bar access from app ratings parents don't want access to.

  • http://rightonblog.net James

    I wonder how long before Apple starts rating iPhone apps and allowing the iPhone's parental controls to bar access from app ratings parents don't want access to.

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  • Nagromme

    Apple already has a rating system for iPhone games--and identifying various kinds of content is part of the app-store submission process it seems.

    I've been wondering what Apple is doing with these ratings? Are they being presented to the user in any way yet?

  • Nagromme

    Apple already has a rating system for iPhone games--and identifying various kinds of content is part of the app-store submission process it seems.

    I've been wondering what Apple is doing with these ratings? Are they being presented to the user in any way yet?

  • http://trylleklovn.net trylleklovn

    lol that music and general trailer suggest the lowest quality on the entire app store.

  • http://trylleklovn.net trylleklovn

    lol that music and general trailer suggest the lowest quality on the entire app store.

  • SLDROFHLA

    ratings are used for that you have to be 17 to get a 17+ game on the store, nothing else

  • SLDROFHLA

    ratings are used for that you have to be 17 to get a 17+ game on the store, nothing else

  • gormanger

    The visual and audio quality will be much improved for iPhone, saying that the game has got great reviews on normal mobile so hopefully this will be even better on iPhone. The screen shots also look promising let's just hope that the game doesn't get band by Apple.

  • gormanger

    The visual and audio quality will be much improved for iPhone, saying that the game has got great reviews on normal mobile so hopefully this will be even better on iPhone. The screen shots also look promising let's just hope that the game doesn't get band by Apple.

  • mikeadams

    do i get to listen to that awesome song the entire game? on repeat. i hope so.

  • mikeadams

    do i get to listen to that awesome song the entire game? on repeat. i hope so.

  • bacaramac

    I am not sure about this game, but I will have to wait until it releases or we get some screen shots/video of actual game. To me it looks like they just ported the mobile version and improved the graphics, etc. I would have liked to see a more GTA4 approach like a lot of first person views, etc. We will have to wait and see.

  • bacaramac

    I am not sure about this game, but I will have to wait until it releases or we get some screen shots/video of actual game. To me it looks like they just ported the mobile version and improved the graphics, etc. I would have liked to see a more GTA4 approach like a lot of first person views, etc. We will have to wait and see.

  • Chase

    @Nagromme: They're written below the game title, developer, etc. at the top of the application page, such as in this screenshot in iTunes: http://img219.imageshack.us/my.php?image=picture8pr5.png

    Not much else. Though, based on your iTunes account, you may have to be a certain age to buy a game. Not sure.

  • Chase

    @Nagromme: They're written below the game title, developer, etc. at the top of the application page, such as in this screenshot in iTunes: http://img219.imageshack.us/my.php?image=picture8pr5.png

    Not much else. Though, based on your iTunes account, you may have to be a certain age to buy a game. Not sure.

  • Fat Phil

    Age Classification Ratings only apply to over the counter purchases, and don't apply to online purchases.

    That's not to say they shouldn't; of course they should. But it's up to companies to set their own policies and verification methods.

    iTunes has the same issue that most online services have, in that the only way to verify someone's age or identity is via credit card, which isn't good enough since most kids buying over iTunes are given carté blanc by their parents.

    Then they go and complain when their kids download something they shouldn't. Go figure.

  • Fat Phil

    Age Classification Ratings only apply to over the counter purchases, and don't apply to online purchases.

    That's not to say they shouldn't; of course they should. But it's up to companies to set their own policies and verification methods.

    iTunes has the same issue that most online services have, in that the only way to verify someone's age or identity is via credit card, which isn't good enough since most kids buying over iTunes are given carté blanc by their parents.

    Then they go and complain when their kids download something they shouldn't. Go figure.

  • norman1

    @bacaramac - GTA 4 on iPhone? I think it will be some time before we see that kind of experience on iPhone! Technically it is little better than a DS and even Rockstar are taking the top down approach with GTA Chinatown Wars on that system. Also with iPhone its download and not cart/disc so that has its limitations. Personally I don't really want to play a full on console style GTA game on mobile and this retro approach if done well could be perfect.

  • norman1

    @bacaramac - GTA 4 on iPhone? I think it will be some time before we see that kind of experience on iPhone! Technically it is little better than a DS and even Rockstar are taking the top down approach with GTA Chinatown Wars on that system. Also with iPhone its download and not cart/disc so that has its limitations. Personally I don't really want to play a full on console style GTA game on mobile and this retro approach if done well could be perfect.

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  • George L. Tirebiter

    I like the fact they took a GTA I and II approach to this game. I always liked those.

  • George L. Tirebiter

    I like the fact they took a GTA I and II approach to this game. I always liked those.

  • Ahiru

    after gta4 i might never go back to top-down view (i know 3 already was 3rd person, but back then it was still fun to play gta2) again....

    people don't know the difference between "retro+fresh=nostalgia" and "retro+old=boring", and this looks boring...

    and what's with the music????????????///??//?

  • Ahiru

    after gta4 i might never go back to top-down view (i know 3 already was 3rd person, but back then it was still fun to play gta2) again....

    people don't know the difference between "retro+fresh=nostalgia" and "retro+old=boring", and this looks boring...

    and what's with the music????????????///??//?

  • http://plan13movies.de GPSchnyder

    I have to say, adding to the comment from George L. Tirebiter, I always liked them more than the newer GTAs.

    Looks really promissing

  • http://plan13movies.de GPSchnyder

    I have to say, adding to the comment from George L. Tirebiter, I always liked them more than the newer GTAs.

    Looks really promissing

  • Steve

    this game looks wicked. I can't wait.

  • Steve

    this game looks wicked. I can't wait.

  • http://www.twiddlegeek.com Tony

    Got to give them credit for resurrecting some old school gameplay. Definately on my watch list.

  • http://www.twiddlegeek.com Tony

    Got to give them credit for resurrecting some old school gameplay. Definately on my watch list.

  • mek

    that top down screenshot looks like GTA 2

    as much as i like the 3d versions of gta, i know they wouldn't work on the existing hardware, or else people would complain like they complained about Cube

    so i am for the first and second gta top down approaches, as long as they have amazing gameplay, and the replayability of the first two, the open endedness of the gta series..and a lot of discoverable side missions

    i am looking forward to this one...cant wait till feb.

  • mek

    that top down screenshot looks like GTA 2

    as much as i like the 3d versions of gta, i know they wouldn't work on the existing hardware, or else people would complain like they complained about Cube

    so i am for the first and second gta top down approaches, as long as they have amazing gameplay, and the replayability of the first two, the open endedness of the gta series..and a lot of discoverable side missions

    i am looking forward to this one...cant wait till feb.

  • Kevin

    WTF?!! "Do what ever you can to pay off your debt, steal cars, run shipments, take out GANG BANGERS" <<<<< GANG BANGERS? I GOTTA GET THIS APP

  • Kevin

    WTF?!! "Do what ever you can to pay off your debt, steal cars, run shipments, take out GANG BANGERS" <<<<< GANG BANGERS? I GOTTA GET THIS APP

  • Zac

    It looks exactly like GTA 1. As in, very, very similar. GTA 2 revised the physics and the look became a bit more polished. This looks like a rebranded GTA 1.

    That being said, if it were a straight clone of GTA 1, and the controls were intuitive, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Zac

    It looks exactly like GTA 1. As in, very, very similar. GTA 2 revised the physics and the look became a bit more polished. This looks like a rebranded GTA 1.

    That being said, if it were a straight clone of GTA 1, and the controls were intuitive, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • spamboy

    Looks awesome, but two things.

    1. @Zac Yes, the controls will really make or break this game.

    2. Will Rockstar allow a game which is so similar to their own?

  • spamboy

    Looks awesome, but two things.

    1. @Zac Yes, the controls will really make or break this game.

    2. Will Rockstar allow a game which is so similar to their own?

  • Rohan Dalal

    This looks seriously amazing, but to me Payback seems a bit more mature
    As in better controls and better feel

    CJS is still a game that i would probably buy in the end
    =D

  • Rohan Dalal

    This looks seriously amazing, but to me Payback seems a bit more mature
    As in better controls and better feel

    CJS is still a game that i would probably buy in the end
    =D

  • rich_952000

    Payback=Milestone in mobile gaming.

    Car Jack Streets=Epicness. Tag Games will deliver. Props to Paul. Thanks for involving Touch Arcade, the members and staff here are World Class!

  • rich_952000

    Payback=Milestone in mobile gaming.

    Car Jack Streets=Epicness. Tag Games will deliver. Props to Paul. Thanks for involving Touch Arcade, the members and staff here are World Class!

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