car_jack_streets_titleTag Games has released a major update to its GTA-like urban action RPG Car Jack Streets [App Store] and extended the game's $.99 sale price.

Tag Games has put together the v1.1 update based on user feedback on the original release and is currently at work on the upcoming v1.2 update.  According to Creative Director Jamie Bryan, the company will be supporting and expanding Car Jack Streets well into the future.

“We are an independent developer that really takes onboard how gamers receive our titles. We aim to update Car Jack Streets with their feedback at the forefront of the creative process and to resolve any technical or gameplay issues that are negatively affecting the user experience. Essentially, we want to deliver a pure, ongoing and dedicated service to our important and valued customers as a key way of evolving the game and building further sales potential.”

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New feautres and updates in v1.1 as listed by Tag Games:

  • Fully interactive “Jack City” map available from your GPS
  • All major reported bugs will be remedied once players install the update
  • New ‘steering wheel’ control method for casual players and increased button responsiveness
  • Increased Lives. Now players will have five chances to pay mob boss Frankie, making the game less harsh if you miss a payment
  • Randal can now carry up to five weapons at a time and cycle through them at will
  • Players will have the option of returning to their condo safe house to save weapons and vehicle before exiting the game
  • Two new vehicles. The destructive Sports Utility Tank and the Sky Copter
  • The ability to play your own iPod music in the game
  • All new, soon to be announced in-game competition

We found Car Jack Streets to be an excellent action RPG and our biggest complaint was the control scheme -- an issue addressed in this update.  At $.99, there's no excuse for letting this one pass you by.  See our review (plus video) of the original v1.0 release.

The update is currently being discussed in our forums where users are loving what they're seeing.

App Store Link: Car Jack Streets, $.99 (limited time)

  • Bigred

    This game has dominated my phone for the last month. It's an amazing sandbox rpg with amazingly fun driving and missions with variety on howxyou can complete them. The update is fantastic. I love the old controls best because ive played this game for a month - daily. It's got potentially 5 months to the mission based game with vehicles to unlock and achievements. I'm currently 3rd on the board ! I've got all 50 secret packages and I'm entered into a competition from Tag to win a 1 off gold-plated iPod touch with Tag logo ! What more could you ask for ? Cheers all @ Tag and congrats on the update !

  • Bigred

    This game has dominated my phone for the last month. It's an amazing sandbox rpg with amazingly fun driving and missions with variety on howxyou can complete them. The update is fantastic. I love the old controls best because ive played this game for a month - daily. It's got potentially 5 months to the mission based game with vehicles to unlock and achievements. I'm currently 3rd on the board ! I've got all 50 secret packages and I'm entered into a competition from Tag to win a 1 off gold-plated iPod touch with Tag logo ! What more could you ask for ? Cheers all @ Tag and congrats on the update !

  • rich_952000

    @ Touch Arcade: thanks for continuing to cover the game and Tag. They deserve credit for taking on such an unexplored iPhone genre....and IMO the have conquered it ;)

    Hopefully this quells the people complaining and being hyper-critical by some over things like: " I can't get out of the vehicles on the passengers side" bam 1 star; rubbish I say!

    I'll congratulate you once again Paul and Tag Games Limited :) Paul, catch up on some sleep ;)

  • rich_952000

    @ Touch Arcade: thanks for continuing to cover the game and Tag. They deserve credit for taking on such an unexplored iPhone genre....and IMO the have conquered it ;)

    Hopefully this quells the people complaining and being hyper-critical by some over things like: " I can't get out of the vehicles on the passengers side" bam 1 star; rubbish I say!

    I'll congratulate you once again Paul and Tag Games Limited :) Paul, catch up on some sleep ;)

  • Crim

    I'd love to play 1.1, but everytime I hit pause it won't register "resume". It's frustrating enough to make me say forget it.

    • rich_952000

      I've never heard of this issue. Amy time you have a consistent bug/glitch that cannot be confirmed elsewhere; uninstall the App and re download. :) Hope that helps your situation.

    • thebleeptruth

      Has never happened to me before. Maybe you're not pressing pause. You could be pressing the map-scroller icon by mistake, which is just just below the pause button.

    • llshibata

      I am also having issues with continuing the game after pausing. Basically the "resume" button is non-responsive, and only the "quit" will register.
      This happens about 70% of the time.
      I restarted the ipod touch (2nd gen) after installing and couple times afterwords, but still having problems.

  • Crim

    I'd love to play 1.1, but everytime I hit pause it won't register "resume". It's frustrating enough to make me say forget it.

    • rich_952000

      I've never heard of this issue. Amy time you have a consistent bug/glitch that cannot be confirmed elsewhere; uninstall the App and re download. :) Hope that helps your situation.

    • thebleeptruth

      Has never happened to me before. Maybe you're not pressing pause. You could be pressing the map-scroller icon by mistake, which is just just below the pause button.

    • llshibata

      I am also having issues with continuing the game after pausing. Basically the "resume" button is non-responsive, and only the "quit" will register.
      This happens about 70% of the time.
      I restarted the ipod touch (2nd gen) after installing and couple times afterwords, but still having problems.

  • Bigred

    I've tested the above repeatedly (for a month of playing) and never had this problem on my unjailbroken iphone 3g. Did you reboot before playing the first time to free up the iPhones ram frm other processes ?

  • Bigred

    I've tested the above repeatedly (for a month of playing) and never had this problem on my unjailbroken iphone 3g. Did you reboot before playing the first time to free up the iPhones ram frm other processes ?

  • Dan

    Instead of (or in addition to) increased lives I'd really like to see a way to simply stop the passage of time in the game.. A "vacation mode" so that you won't be screwed if you're not able to play for a while.

    Maybe that goes against what they're trying to do, but as it stands I've been trying to get into the game but I'm too busy many days to put a half hour into it and have already been "busted" by Frankie a couple of times. I don't see how they can expect to keep "casual" players at all if you can't go a week without playing.

  • Dan

    Instead of (or in addition to) increased lives I'd really like to see a way to simply stop the passage of time in the game.. A "vacation mode" so that you won't be screwed if you're not able to play for a while.

    Maybe that goes against what they're trying to do, but as it stands I've been trying to get into the game but I'm too busy many days to put a half hour into it and have already been "busted" by Frankie a couple of times. I don't see how they can expect to keep "casual" players at all if you can't go a week without playing.

  • bigred

    You get 5 chances to not pay Frankie since the up-date so you're fine for a break !

    I think it would be great to have the regional leaderboards published online so we can compare how everyone is doing around the world ? Either on TA forums ? or even home page ? Or the Tag website ?

    A Car JAcks Streets world championship ? What does everyone think ?

    • rich_952000

      I agree red, it would be nice to have the server feed to the website!

  • bigred

    You get 5 chances to not pay Frankie since the up-date so you're fine for a break !

    I think it would be great to have the regional leaderboards published online so we can compare how everyone is doing around the world ? Either on TA forums ? or even home page ? Or the Tag website ?

    A Car JAcks Streets world championship ? What does everyone think ?

    • rich_952000

      I agree red, it would be nice to have the server feed to the website!

  • thebleeptruth

    Great game. The AppStore needs more of these high depth long-term games. I'm a bit disappointed though with the steering wheel control. Didn't think it would be literally a steering wheel. I think what they should have done was iDracula controls similar to the controls when walking, and omit the drive/reverse buttons at the right. Reversing or Driving will be done by pressing at the lower or upper region of the circle respectively, with the car moving in the direction of your finger in the circular axis. Right now I'm just sticking with the original controls which aren't that comfortable either, but are tolerable. I hope the steering wheel controls are improved cause you spend 90% of the time in a car. Actually there are many more ways to improve the steering wheel controls. You could also replace the forward/backward controls with a drive/reverse switch, and also make the controls less "responsive." It sucks when your finger unintentionally leaves the circle, and then when you return your finger, the direction immediately jumps to where your finger is. It's quite frustrating. Anyway I'm quite sure the controls won't be revamped anymore, but I just wanted to share.

    Glitches: Bouncing car shadows, and shadows not moving with the car. Doesn't anyone notice that? It happened during my first couple of minutes playing the game, and still does, every now and then. It's quite funny.

    QUESTION: I haven't experienced missing a payment to Frankie yet. What exactly happens when you miss it WHILE NOT playing it (missing a schedule) and WHILE playing it? So do you lose one life out of the 5 possible lives? What happens when you lose all your 5 lives? You have to start all over again from the beginning? The game description says that you could fight off the goons that Frankie sends. Is it possible?

    • thebleeptruth

      Anyone care to respond to my inquiries?

      Also, why are there times when no one contacts me for missions? Sometimes there are long periods of time (usually happens once I've fully paid my debt for the current deadline) when the only mission is the auto thing (where you deliver and sell cars to this guy).

      And by the way, so far I haven't really found any use for the chopper at all.

  • thebleeptruth

    Great game. The AppStore needs more of these high depth long-term games. I'm a bit disappointed though with the steering wheel control. Didn't think it would be literally a steering wheel. I think what they should have done was iDracula controls similar to the controls when walking, and omit the drive/reverse buttons at the right. Reversing or Driving will be done by pressing at the lower or upper region of the circle respectively, with the car moving in the direction of your finger in the circular axis. Right now I'm just sticking with the original controls which aren't that comfortable either, but are tolerable. I hope the steering wheel controls are improved cause you spend 90% of the time in a car. Actually there are many more ways to improve the steering wheel controls. You could also replace the forward/backward controls with a drive/reverse switch, and also make the controls less "responsive." It sucks when your finger unintentionally leaves the circle, and then when you return your finger, the direction immediately jumps to where your finger is. It's quite frustrating. Anyway I'm quite sure the controls won't be revamped anymore, but I just wanted to share.

    Glitches: Bouncing car shadows, and shadows not moving with the car. Doesn't anyone notice that? It happened during my first couple of minutes playing the game, and still does, every now and then. It's quite funny.

    QUESTION: I haven't experienced missing a payment to Frankie yet. What exactly happens when you miss it WHILE NOT playing it (missing a schedule) and WHILE playing it? So do you lose one life out of the 5 possible lives? What happens when you lose all your 5 lives? You have to start all over again from the beginning? The game description says that you could fight off the goons that Frankie sends. Is it possible?

    • thebleeptruth

      Anyone care to respond to my inquiries?

      Also, why are there times when no one contacts me for missions? Sometimes there are long periods of time (usually happens once I've fully paid my debt for the current deadline) when the only mission is the auto thing (where you deliver and sell cars to this guy).

      And by the way, so far I haven't really found any use for the chopper at all.

  • Dan

    Five chances isn't really all that many, considering it's a game that takes months of regular (meaning every day or so) play to finish. It's hardly the only game I own either, many of them I'll play here and there and then not open again for a while.

    If I'm the only one bothered by this I understand, maybe it's just not a game I should get invested in (after all I only paid 99 cents for it and can't complain too much). Still, many casual gamers have jobs/schools/families and a single player game shouldn't make this kind of demand on their time a necessity... It's not like a MMO where other human players are involved, it's just you against the computer after all...!

  • IBITF

    How is CJS a action RPG?
    I'm confused....

  • IBITF

    How is CJS a action RPG?
    I'm confused....

  • ZildjianKX

    @Dan

    I agree with you. I personally would like to see an option to turn off the lives and the time limits. Job + school + family makes it rough...

  • ZildjianKX

    @Dan

    I agree with you. I personally would like to see an option to turn off the lives and the time limits. Job + school + family makes it rough...

  • _jnc_

    Strangely enough I don't get the hype on this game - bought it for 3$ and felt robbed!
    In my eyes it's not really a sandbox game; maybe I haven't given it enough chances, but the only interaction with any moving thing in this game is shooting it or driving over it (and the sprites look strange when they're dead). No buildings to get in and nothing to explore really, just packages to be found. Where's the sandbox?
    Then when I didn't turn it on for a day or two and got back, Frankie came after me and instead of the hospital I ended up "game over". So it was game over for this game on my iPod.
    Maybe I'll have to give it a second try with the update, we'll see...

  • _jnc_

    Strangely enough I don't get the hype on this game - bought it for 3$ and felt robbed!
    In my eyes it's not really a sandbox game; maybe I haven't given it enough chances, but the only interaction with any moving thing in this game is shooting it or driving over it (and the sprites look strange when they're dead). No buildings to get in and nothing to explore really, just packages to be found. Where's the sandbox?
    Then when I didn't turn it on for a day or two and got back, Frankie came after me and instead of the hospital I ended up "game over". So it was game over for this game on my iPod.
    Maybe I'll have to give it a second try with the update, we'll see...

  • Gregg

    I have all 50 packages, apparently, apart from that competition they ran for the gold iPod, you can also still get something on the game for finding all 50. But I don't know. I got an email, that said to take it to O'Connells Diner, but what do I get when I take it there? And how do I get O'Connels to register on the Sat Nav thing in the game because I want to get what ever the thing is

  • Gregg

    I have all 50 packages, apparently, apart from that competition they ran for the gold iPod, you can also still get something on the game for finding all 50. But I don't know. I got an email, that said to take it to O'Connells Diner, but what do I get when I take it there? And how do I get O'Connels to register on the Sat Nav thing in the game because I want to get what ever the thing is

  • Dan

    Five chances isn't really all that many, considering it's a game that takes months of regular (meaning every day or so) play to finish. It's hardly the only game I own either, many of them I'll play here and there and then not open again for a while.

    If I'm the only one bothered by this I understand, maybe it's just not a game I should get invested in (after all I only paid 99 cents for it and can't complain too much). Still, many casual gamers have jobs/schools/families and a single player game shouldn't make this kind of demand on their time a necessity... It's not like a MMO where other human players are involved, it's just you against the computer after all...!