cjs_twisted-firestarter_480x320Tag Games has released new screenshots and a new gameplay video of their upcoming game Car Jack Streets.

This sandbox-style game is said to be similar to the early Grand Theft Auto titles and has been highly anticipated amongst our readers.

Step into the shoes of Randal Meyers, a small time player in a big city. Your gambling debts to Italian mob boss Frankie have escalated to a whopping one million dollars and now he is calling in your debt. Do you have what it takes to stay alive, pay your debt and rise to the top of the criminal underworld?

You can go anywhere, drive any vehicle, shoot up the place with brutal weapons and take on both legal and illegal jobs to earn that case. Make your $50,000 a week payments on time or you’re a dead man!

Features listed by the developer includes:

  • Play in real time
  • Infinite number of criminal and legitimate jobs
  • Detailed 3D city to explore
  • Over 80 minutes of music from the hottest unsigned acts
  • Online ranking for the biggest earners
  • Lots of vehicles to steal and smash
  • Big, heavy-hitting weapons
  • Unlockable achievements and hidden stuff
  • Clowns…

Screenshot gallery (click on thumbnails for full view):


An exact release date has not been given but the game is expected soon.

  • ThePika

    Looks a lot like Payback...

    • arn

      well, both payback and Car Jack Streets look alot like Grand Theft Auto.

      arn

  • ThePika

    Looks a lot like Payback...

    • arn

      well, both payback and Car Jack Streets look alot like Grand Theft Auto.

      arn

  • http://toucharcade.com/2009/03/04/upcoming-space-trader-game-based-on-quake-3-engine/#comments alex

    Look a little too cartoony...

    Maybe that is just me, but will be fun to compare to Payback whenever it comes out.

    • Brad Newsom

      I take it you've never played GTA.

  • http://toucharcade.com/2009/03/04/upcoming-space-trader-game-based-on-quake-3-engine/#comments alex

    Look a little too cartoony...

    Maybe that is just me, but will be fun to compare to Payback whenever it comes out.

    • Brad Newsom

      I take it you've never played GTA.

  • Larry37

    I like the look of it plus these are some of the guys that worked on the original GTA games so you know its going to have some original game-play ideas in it. Payback flattered to decieve - looked good at first but lots of annoying oversights. This could provide iPhone gamers with a small slice of Chinatown Wars action until we get the real thing!

    • estyst

      Payback is:
      1) not suited for iPhone (bad controls, no graphics hardware acceleration)
      2) in fact not that good (if Rolando is sometimes considered overrated - IMO it's not - then Payback is badly overrated... I bought it the same day it was available... well... I played for some time and and uninstalled)

      I don't know if Car Jack Streets will be that better, but similarity to original GTA is rather good than bad...

  • Larry37

    I like the look of it plus these are some of the guys that worked on the original GTA games so you know its going to have some original game-play ideas in it. Payback flattered to decieve - looked good at first but lots of annoying oversights. This could provide iPhone gamers with a small slice of Chinatown Wars action until we get the real thing!

    • estyst

      Payback is:
      1) not suited for iPhone (bad controls, no graphics hardware acceleration)
      2) in fact not that good (if Rolando is sometimes considered overrated - IMO it's not - then Payback is badly overrated... I bought it the same day it was available... well... I played for some time and and uninstalled)

      I don't know if Car Jack Streets will be that better, but similarity to original GTA is rather good than bad...

  • estyst

    nice! but when? ;d

  • estyst

    nice! but when? ;d

  • Brad Newsom

    Didn't a couple of ex-devs from rockstar work on Payback? This game looks like a fan just kicking the dev's in the balls.

    • spamboy

      It's the other way around. The original GTA devs are working on Car Jack Streets. It has an actual story and fun gameplay, and APPEARS to be better than Payback. No one can tell until it actually comes out.

  • Brad Newsom

    Didn't a couple of ex-devs from rockstar work on Payback? This game looks like a fan just kicking the dev's in the balls.

    • spamboy

      It's the other way around. The original GTA devs are working on Car Jack Streets. It has an actual story and fun gameplay, and APPEARS to be better than Payback. No one can tell until it actually comes out.

  • Phreakuency

    Both Payback and Car Jack Streets are irrelevant now. If you want a good game of this style get GTA on DS... it blows Payback out of the water and makes both of these iPod clones look amateurish.

    • spamboy

      Yeah, but this game is 1/8th the price of Chinatown Wars. (So is Payback, for that matter).

      • Avery

        Yes but do you get the money value, NO

    • Johnson

      Well the PSP version is better anyway, I like it better than chinatown. It got annoying when I had to assemble a sniperrifle and hotwiring is just boring.

    • Hatteras

      You can't compare a DS game to an iPhone game, IMO.

  • Phreakuency

    Both Payback and Car Jack Streets are irrelevant now. If you want a good game of this style get GTA on DS... it blows Payback out of the water and makes both of these iPod clones look amateurish.

    • spamboy

      Yeah, but this game is 1/8th the price of Chinatown Wars. (So is Payback, for that matter).

      • Avery

        Yes but do you get the money value, NO

    • Johnson

      Well the PSP version is better anyway, I like it better than chinatown. It got annoying when I had to assemble a sniperrifle and hotwiring is just boring.

    • Hatteras

      You can't compare a DS game to an iPhone game, IMO.

  • jack

    wow!! cool...love the look....

  • jack

    wow!! cool...love the look....

  • emb531

    Cool new screenshots, can't wait for this!

  • emb531

    Cool new screenshots, can't wait for this!

  • bobster

    Here's a vid of Payback for reference:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38Ocf_ZG3Hg

    Personally, I reckon Payback looks a lot better. It's a lot more 3d, the lighting is better and the weapon effects beat CJS hands down.

    • Dduet

      Yeah that may be true but it's impossible to control so hopefully this game is better

  • bobster

    Here's a vid of Payback for reference:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38Ocf_ZG3Hg

    Personally, I reckon Payback looks a lot better. It's a lot more 3d, the lighting is better and the weapon effects beat CJS hands down.

    • Dduet

      Yeah that may be true but it's impossible to control so hopefully this game is better

  • untraceable

    is not so difficult to make more better that payback, because is a piece of shit.

    • Avery

      So true

  • untraceable

    is not so difficult to make more better that payback, because is a piece of shit.

    • Avery

      So true

  • hirschy75

    This game looks so much better than Paybacks.

    Better controls and better looks...nuff said

    Paybacks is so choppy and hard to use that it is a complete waste of space on my iPod, this however looks to be a keeper

    • http://www.transapp.com transapp

      Ah, so you know already that the controls are better, yes? :)
      And better looks? Where? Did I miss something?

      I have to say that I love payback! It's one of the few complex and complete handheld games for the idevices. What I saw from CJS so far was rather amateurish, from sound to music to graphics.

      So, please wait till it's actually released before you rate it :) Then we will see.

      • Dduet

        yeah but it is really laggy, sorry but you wasted your money on a impossible to control game

      • http://www.transapp.com transapp

        For me, the Paypack contols work perfectly. Couldn't imagine better....

      • http://www.transapp.com transapp

        *Payback :) :) :)

  • hirschy75

    This game looks so much better than Paybacks.

    Better controls and better looks...nuff said

    Paybacks is so choppy and hard to use that it is a complete waste of space on my iPod, this however looks to be a keeper

    • http://www.transapp.com transapp

      Ah, so you know already that the controls are better, yes? :)
      And better looks? Where? Did I miss something?

      I have to say that I love payback! It's one of the few complex and complete handheld games for the idevices. What I saw from CJS so far was rather amateurish, from sound to music to graphics.

      So, please wait till it's actually released before you rate it :) Then we will see.

      • Dduet

        yeah but it is really laggy, sorry but you wasted your money on a impossible to control game

      • http://www.transapp.com transapp

        For me, the Paypack contols work perfectly. Couldn't imagine better....

      • http://www.transapp.com transapp

        *Payback :) :) :)

  • currymutton

    The only question remains: when will this be out? (or better, when will there be a Lite version of this coming out?)

  • currymutton

    The only question remains: when will this be out? (or better, when will there be a Lite version of this coming out?)

  • http://www.deathbyvanilla.com Wilson

    Based on this preview, I think I'll like this a lot more than Payback. It reminds me of GTA2 which I still love and play fairly frequently, especially multiplayer with friends. I like the easy-to-see environment and static level orientation (North is always the top of the screen, etc), nice manoeuvrability in car chases. I can't wait until it's released :)

  • http://www.deathbyvanilla.com Wilson

    Based on this preview, I think I'll like this a lot more than Payback. It reminds me of GTA2 which I still love and play fairly frequently, especially multiplayer with friends. I like the easy-to-see environment and static level orientation (North is always the top of the screen, etc), nice manoeuvrability in car chases. I can't wait until it's released :)

  • Mike

    I really, REALLY hate the look of this game. It reminds me so much (graphic wise) of a java game that I played on my old samsung D900. This should be an iphone game so it can look a looooot more better then this. I'm not going to say payback is better on gameplay or not, but it sure beats it miles with it's graphics.

    The overall view of this game is very confusing based on the vid. Everything looks the same and it looks like your car is just a flying 2d sprite (wich it actually is). The particles effect look also very poor.

    I´m not want to burn this game or whatsoever. But there are so much java games for phones such as D900 that look exactly like this that it is for an iphone game really bad looking.

  • Mike

    I really, REALLY hate the look of this game. It reminds me so much (graphic wise) of a java game that I played on my old samsung D900. This should be an iphone game so it can look a looooot more better then this. I'm not going to say payback is better on gameplay or not, but it sure beats it miles with it's graphics.

    The overall view of this game is very confusing based on the vid. Everything looks the same and it looks like your car is just a flying 2d sprite (wich it actually is). The particles effect look also very poor.

    I´m not want to burn this game or whatsoever. But there are so much java games for phones such as D900 that look exactly like this that it is for an iphone game really bad looking.

  • paul@tag

    Wow Mike - "hate" is a strong word! We're sorry that you've taken such a strong disliking to our game before its even released! Yes the game shares the same 2D sprite foundation as the original mobile game but is much improved all round. I really don't think you can compare the two - the iPhone version is miles better and basing the game on a 2D engine and adding 3D has enabled us to focus more on original game-play ideas such as real time and an infinite number of missions ;-)

    The game will be out in the next two weeks so do buy a copy and let us know what you think then!

    The Tag Team

    • Nico

      @ paul@tag:

      I'm really looking forward to this game because it looks really promising on the video and on the screenshot.

      I've got two questions for you:

      - Can you please tell us how much this will be?
      - Will you release a Lite-version along with the Full-version? I'm sort of the "Try-before-I-buy"-guy ;).

    • Mike

      @ paul@tag

      Yes "hate" is a little exaggerated but I find the vid dissapointing. I really hope that the game itself is better when I play it. Somewhere I have a feeling that this game is way better on gameplay then payback and overall gameplay is the most important thing. But to me, it feels a little too much like an old java port to the iphone. But I hope I´m wrong

  • paul@tag

    Wow Mike - "hate" is a strong word! We're sorry that you've taken such a strong disliking to our game before its even released! Yes the game shares the same 2D sprite foundation as the original mobile game but is much improved all round. I really don't think you can compare the two - the iPhone version is miles better and basing the game on a 2D engine and adding 3D has enabled us to focus more on original game-play ideas such as real time and an infinite number of missions ;-)

    The game will be out in the next two weeks so do buy a copy and let us know what you think then!

    The Tag Team

    • Nico

      @ paul@tag:

      I'm really looking forward to this game because it looks really promising on the video and on the screenshot.

      I've got two questions for you:

      - Can you please tell us how much this will be?
      - Will you release a Lite-version along with the Full-version? I'm sort of the "Try-before-I-buy"-guy ;).

    • Mike

      @ paul@tag

      Yes "hate" is a little exaggerated but I find the vid dissapointing. I really hope that the game itself is better when I play it. Somewhere I have a feeling that this game is way better on gameplay then payback and overall gameplay is the most important thing. But to me, it feels a little too much like an old java port to the iphone. But I hope I´m wrong

  • TKO

    IMHO a little bit much premature judgement going on here. We're gonna have two GTA games on the iPhone already. Personally I think this is awesome.

    They're both quite different, so hopefully everyone can choose the one that suits the style they're after. I'm warming up to like 'em both. :D

  • TKO

    IMHO a little bit much premature judgement going on here. We're gonna have two GTA games on the iPhone already. Personally I think this is awesome.

    They're both quite different, so hopefully everyone can choose the one that suits the style they're after. I'm warming up to like 'em both. :D

  • hirschy75

    I really don't see the problem with the graphics, in fact I actually like them more than most games. Paybacks graphics were so choppy that it really ruined the game for me, things just didn't look right and the controls were so foreign that it just didn't seem to match with me. This looks like exactly what I want and reminds me of the old GTAs for the computer. I'm so pumped for this!!!

  • hirschy75

    I really don't see the problem with the graphics, in fact I actually like them more than most games. Paybacks graphics were so choppy that it really ruined the game for me, things just didn't look right and the controls were so foreign that it just didn't seem to match with me. This looks like exactly what I want and reminds me of the old GTAs for the computer. I'm so pumped for this!!!

  • hawks12thman

    I don't understand why all of you hate Payback so much. I haven't had any problems with it, in fact, I adapted to the controls very quickly. The game is only choppy on occasion for me and it's probably my favorite game at the moment. The only issue with it is it needs more cities and missions. With that said, I'm also going to be very looking forward to this game. The graphics look a lot like the Chinatown Wars game.

  • hawks12thman

    I don't understand why all of you hate Payback so much. I haven't had any problems with it, in fact, I adapted to the controls very quickly. The game is only choppy on occasion for me and it's probably my favorite game at the moment. The only issue with it is it needs more cities and missions. With that said, I'm also going to be very looking forward to this game. The graphics look a lot like the Chinatown Wars game.