Apex Designs has written in to let us know that their Grand Theft Auto-like top-down title Payback will be making its way to the iTunes App Store early this month.
As you have probably guessed, the game is inspired by Grand Theft Auto, but every effort has been made to ensure that Payback beats that game in every way. The game engine supports texture mapping, environment mapping (reflections), distortion mapping, realistic shadows, alpha-channelling (lens flares, explosions and shockwaves), multi-channel 3D sound and spectacular physics. The game has also been translated into many languages.
Payback has been released for the Mac, Game Boy Advanced, Amiga, and GP2X mobile platform. The game is extremely similar to the original Grand Theft Auto, aside from a new camera angle and additional weapons.
Critics have found Payback to be worthy of some modest praise. As IGN tells it,
... it's clear that Rockstar should simply halt development of the official Grand Theft Auto for the handheld ... a graphically impressive, as well as enormously fun Grand Theft Auto-styled game.
Have a look at a video of the GP2X mobile version of Payback.
We'll take a closer look at Payback when it makes its App Store debut. Stay tuned.