IMG_0541Gameloft's highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto -esque free-roaming sandbox game Gangstar: West Coast Hustle [App Store] hit the streets today with a bang. The thread in our forums exploded, and after spending a hefty amount of time with the game since its release, I'm happy to report that I'm in agreement with the feeling of our forum members in that overall the game is extremely solid despite a few weak areas.

Originally a J2ME game, Gameloft has given Gangstar a complete face lift. The SNES-looking graphics of the original have been completely replaced with a full 3D city complete with cars, pedestrians, and plenty of opportunities for crime. The game opens with a fast paced full motion video cut scene of a bank robbery with getaway chase, and after starting a new game the story of Juanito and P. Thug continues as you stash your SUV used in the robbery and look for some help from a nearby friendly gangster, L.C. He naturally has a job for you, it turns out his boy Lil' T got in to some trouble down at the beach and needs your help.

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The rest of the game continues like this, very similar to Grand Theft Auto games. You take missions, complete them, and eventually meet new contacts who will also give you missions. The story is basic at best and downright silly at times. They really lay the whole Mexican gangster stereotype on pretty thick with everything from character names that border on ridiculous to the dialog where "S" is freely interchanged with "Z". The good thing is though, most missions are very quick and really lend themselves to a great portable gaming experience where you might only play for a few minutes at a time.

Along the way you'll run in to various side missions such as street races, and a variety of different cars can be stolen that each have their associated mini games. For instance, stealing either a burger delivery car, ambulance or a taxi gives you a sub-set of challenges that all have to do with driving around as fast as possible delivering food, saving patients, or picking up customers.

388183_4While outside of a car, your movement is controlled with a joystick on the left and a button on the right that handles attacking. Tapping the screen locks on to a target, so you never need to aim. When you're near a car, another button pops up that allows you to steal it. There are three options for steering. By default, cars are controlled by tilting the iPhone. Other options include a steering wheel that works similar to Gameloft's Asphalt 4: Elite Racing and a virtual joystick-like slider that is my personal favorite. Accelerating and braking can either be done using an on-screen brake and gas pedal or yet another virtual joystick-like slider. The direction the camera is facing can be changed at any time by swiping in any direction on the screen.

Overall the controls work well, but similar to most games with virtual controls, they don't feel very precise. Thankfully, driving around is fairly forgiving as there is no collision detection in the game between your car and most small objects like street signs, trees, and stop lights. This strange collision detection does create some issues though as there are some odd irregularities in that you can just be cruising down the sidewalk sailing right through trees when you run in to a planter that brings your car to a dead stop.

These inconsistencies can be rather annoying when running in to an immovable potted shrubbery ultimately leads to your apprehension in a fast-paced police chase, but other than that tooling aound the city is enjoyable. There are even ramps scattered around to get huge air off of like most Grand Theft Auto games.

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A mini map guides you to different objectives as well as serving as a button to pause the game. On the pause screen, you can see and start available missions as well as purchase weapons and ammo. Some weaponry, however, is only available from a local gun shop. These gun shops are also shown on your map along with areas that you can get your car repaired if it's too banged up.

One of my major disappointments with the game is how poorly the police response scales up with your wanted level. One of the first things I did after completing a few missions outside of the tutorial was see how much trouble I could stir up by just murdering everyone walking down the street. I was able to stand around, basically farming the constantly spawning police officers for money, ammo, and when my health got low I was able to just pause the game and buy a health pack.

IMG_0537In comparison, most Grand Theft Auto-like games have police forces that significantly ramp up with each wanted level. In Grand Theft Auto, there was almost no way to survive in a five star wanted level against the onslaught of tanks and other insane police forces that come after you without some serious planning and an inventory full of weaponry. In Gangstar, the police simply drive up, stop their car in front of you, get out, and allow you to shoot them to death while maybe firing a few return shots.

The graphics in Gangstar are great, and performance across the board seems to be decent on all devices although obviously better on the iPhone 3GS. Some forum members have been experiencing crashes or inconsistent performance, but by and large most people seem to find the game completely playable, even on the first generation iPod Touch. The draw distance of the game does seem obviously low at times, and it would be nice to be able to increase it on the 3GS, but other than that the game runs great. Unsurprisingly, load times can be fairly significant even on the 3GS and it would be nice to be able to disable the intro movie instead of skipping through it with every launch of the game. (But the same thing can be said for most Gameloft games.)


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The in-game music stations are fantastic, and even feature fake advertisements and DJ's like the radio stations in Grand Theft Auto. The different stations add a lot of atmosphere to the game, and I find myself preferring 42.0 FM, "Legalize-It" that features instrumental gangster rap style music. There is also a rock station, an electronic station, and even a few others. You can even select a playlist in the options to add another radio station that selects from your own music.

For the amount of content you're getting in Gangstar the current price of $6.99 is pretty crazy and even though the game has its flaws, I've still found myself really enjoying it. Included are a total of 50 missions across 6 chapters, all the side jobs, an entire city to explore, achievements to earn, and a mobile experience surprisingly similar to a slightly watered down Grand Theft Auto 3. If you enjoy these types of free-roaming crime sandbox games, you really need to get Gangstar.

App Store Link: Gangstar: West Coast Hustle, $6.99

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  • http://macazine.skyrock.com benjamin

    apperantly there are a lot of people having crashes,lagings,and other problems
    hints:
    -restart your idevice
    -buy:istat:it saves a lot of time becouse you don't need to restart the device when you are low on memmory.
    it(apperantly)doesn't work well on old devices:iphone 2G/3G and touch 1gen.
    but it does work well for me ipod touch user 2ndgen and as others have confirmed the 3GS.

  • http://macazine.skyrock.com benjamin

    apperantly there are a lot of people having crashes,lagings,and other problems
    hints:
    -restart your idevice
    -buy:istat:it saves a lot of time becouse you don't need to restart the device when you are low on memmory.
    it(apperantly)doesn't work well on old devices:iphone 2G/3G and touch 1gen.
    but it does work well for me ipod touch user 2ndgen and as others have confirmed the 3GS.

  • http://www.larkef.com Larkef

    Agreed, awesome game with a couple of flaws. Instant purchase nevertheless!

  • http://www.larkef.com Larkef

    Agreed, awesome game with a couple of flaws. Instant purchase nevertheless!

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    I'm not even the biggest GTA fan out there (loved the original PC game, didn't care much for the 3D iterations), yet I had to buy this game right away, without as much reading a review. Even with its (minor) flaws - none of them are dealbreakers -, It's an amazing accomplishment to squeeze a game of this scope into a mobile platform.

    I actually own GTA4 for my Xbox 360 and surprise surprise, I find myself enjoying Gangstar more than I've ever enjoyed GTA4. This is in great part part because of the inherent novelty of having such a game available to me wherever I am. I must say again, such an ambitious game on a platform that is primarily a cellphone/mp3 player is very, very remarkable.

    I'd give it an 8 out of 10, at least. Anyway that believes in the iDevice as a gaming platform must experience Gangstar.

    • Arad

      You clearly haven't played GTA4 if you are saying this, yes gangstar is good but it doesn't even touch the epicness of GTA

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    I'm not even the biggest GTA fan out there (loved the original PC game, didn't care much for the 3D iterations), yet I had to buy this game right away, without as much reading a review. Even with its (minor) flaws - none of them are dealbreakers -, It's an amazing accomplishment to squeeze a game of this scope into a mobile platform.

    I actually own GTA4 for my Xbox 360 and surprise surprise, I find myself enjoying Gangstar more than I've ever enjoyed GTA4. This is in great part part because of the inherent novelty of having such a game available to me wherever I am. I must say again, such an ambitious game on a platform that is primarily a cellphone/mp3 player is very, very remarkable.

    I'd give it an 8 out of 10, at least. Anyway that believes in the iDevice as a gaming platform must experience Gangstar.

    • Arad

      You clearly haven't played GTA4 if you are saying this, yes gangstar is good but it doesn't even touch the epicness of GTA

  • Ipodfan15

    You spelled ambulance wrong. Game looks great, though.

    • Yoyoyo

      You spelt "spelled" wrong

      • LDN

        Unexpected termination of sentence with a space character.

      • http://www.nanofighter.net PDJ Apps

        actually he spelled it right
        and you spelt it right as well! good job! we all win!

    • Azz

      OMFG. WHY DO YOU PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO COMMENT ON PEOPLE'S TYPO'S. IT'S F**KING IMATURE. GROW UP! IT'S A BLOG TO TALK ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE GAME NOT SOMEONE'S TYPING ERROR YOU NOOB'S.

      • skinner

        Immature is actually spelled with two m's.

      • Jason

        it'd be spelt, not spelled dude

  • Ipodfan15

    You spelled ambulance wrong. Game looks great, though.

    • Yoyoyo

      You spelt "spelled" wrong

      • LDN

        Unexpected termination of sentence with a space character.

      • http://www.nanofighter.net PDJ Apps

        actually he spelled it right
        and you spelt it right as well! good job! we all win!

    • Azz

      OMFG. WHY DO YOU PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO COMMENT ON PEOPLE'S TYPO'S. IT'S F**KING IMATURE. GROW UP! IT'S A BLOG TO TALK ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE GAME NOT SOMEONE'S TYPING ERROR YOU NOOB'S.

      • skinner

        Immature is actually spelled with two m's.

      • Jason

        it'd be spelt, not spelled dude

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    "Anyone", not anyway. :(

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    "Anyone", not anyway. :(

  • antonioj

    People with jb 3G/2G should play the game on safe mode, and be sure nothing is running on background like mail or safari...it there is enough RAM, game plays flawlessly

  • antonioj

    People with jb 3G/2G should play the game on safe mode, and be sure nothing is running on background like mail or safari...it there is enough RAM, game plays flawlessly

  • Largo

    "and even a few others. You can even select"
    nice journalism right there.

    • Chris

      If you're looking for journalism, read The Times. This is an iPhone review.

  • Largo

    "and even a few others. You can even select"
    nice journalism right there.

    • Chris

      If you're looking for journalism, read The Times. This is an iPhone review.

  • Kintaro360

    This Game was an instant buy for me (usually I dont do this) but this game really deserves it.
    Please more of this quality please. I could imagine a Final Fantasy or another RPG with this engine. It runs supersmooth on my 3GS.

    Props to Gameloft. They have an fugly brand sign & name but boy, they have iPhone programming skill!

  • Kintaro360

    This Game was an instant buy for me (usually I dont do this) but this game really deserves it.
    Please more of this quality please. I could imagine a Final Fantasy or another RPG with this engine. It runs supersmooth on my 3GS.

    Props to Gameloft. They have an fugly brand sign & name but boy, they have iPhone programming skill!

  • Andi

    Truely amazing game. Thanks Gameloft!

  • Andi

    Truely amazing game. Thanks Gameloft!

  • Droppin' Loads

    Cool game but it lags quite a bit.

  • Droppin' Loads

    Cool game but it lags quite a bit.

  • differenz

    Nice game. I just played it on my first gen iPhone and it stutters here and there, actually stutters a lot. Probably needs time to load so it stops from time to time for 20seconds to load... Which sucks.

    It would be cool if there was some option to reduce graphic quality to minimum in order for the game to run smoothly, because at this stage I can't really play it.

    Waiting for my 3GS. :)

  • differenz

    Nice game. I just played it on my first gen iPhone and it stutters here and there, actually stutters a lot. Probably needs time to load so it stops from time to time for 20seconds to load... Which sucks.

    It would be cool if there was some option to reduce graphic quality to minimum in order for the game to run smoothly, because at this stage I can't really play it.

    Waiting for my 3GS. :)

  • maikelg

    Surprisingly I didn't notice any lag or performance issues on my 1st gen iPod, also the game loads very fast so I'm very happy with this. I noticed some clipping but noting too serious.

    • differenz

      hmm.. completely opposite situation on my device. :(

  • maikelg

    Surprisingly I didn't notice any lag or performance issues on my 1st gen iPod, also the game loads very fast so I'm very happy with this. I noticed some clipping but noting too serious.

    • differenz

      hmm.. completely opposite situation on my device. :(

  • ltcommander.data

    I'm guessing by the way the review is worded that there is currently no draw distance/ped & vehicle scaling for the 2nd gen iPod Touch and iPhone 3G S. Hopefully this will come with an update.

    In terms of load times, the review mentions that they are long. Based on the intro movie comment, I'm guessing this refers to startup time. Is there map loading as you transition between parts of the city like in GTA3? And if so, is the load time long enough to actually disrupt the flow of the game?

    And how big is the city in Gangster compared to GTA cities? If the menu map screenshot is the whole play area then I'm guessing it's smaller than Liberty City in GTA3. Maybe half the size.

    I wonder if Gameloft will add a multiplayer mode like in GTA Liberty City and Vice City Stories? Although I guess with tap enemy locking, it would take some of the skill/fun out of it.

    • ltcommander.data

      Oh, and I too was surprised by the $6.99 price. From what I hear, the game would definitely be worthwhile at $9.99. Certainly from the number of people who would buy it regardless just because it's so close to GTA on the iPhone/Touch, I don't think the $9.99 price would have significantly lowered sales. I'm guessing Gameloft may decide to bring in-app purchasing to Gangster to add mission packs or perhaps additional map areas for say $2. That would certainly explain the lower introductory price.

    • Arad

      The iphone version will never come close to the real GTA franchise games, so don't bother asking for updates, gameloft will never release them since they have made their money

      • Dfhkdfjhsk

        They probably wont make a free update but they may let you buy more content with real money

  • ltcommander.data

    I'm guessing by the way the review is worded that there is currently no draw distance/ped & vehicle scaling for the 2nd gen iPod Touch and iPhone 3G S. Hopefully this will come with an update.

    In terms of load times, the review mentions that they are long. Based on the intro movie comment, I'm guessing this refers to startup time. Is there map loading as you transition between parts of the city like in GTA3? And if so, is the load time long enough to actually disrupt the flow of the game?

    And how big is the city in Gangster compared to GTA cities? If the menu map screenshot is the whole play area then I'm guessing it's smaller than Liberty City in GTA3. Maybe half the size.

    I wonder if Gameloft will add a multiplayer mode like in GTA Liberty City and Vice City Stories? Although I guess with tap enemy locking, it would take some of the skill/fun out of it.

    • ltcommander.data

      Oh, and I too was surprised by the $6.99 price. From what I hear, the game would definitely be worthwhile at $9.99. Certainly from the number of people who would buy it regardless just because it's so close to GTA on the iPhone/Touch, I don't think the $9.99 price would have significantly lowered sales. I'm guessing Gameloft may decide to bring in-app purchasing to Gangster to add mission packs or perhaps additional map areas for say $2. That would certainly explain the lower introductory price.

    • Arad

      The iphone version will never come close to the real GTA franchise games, so don't bother asking for updates, gameloft will never release them since they have made their money

  • maikelg

    Hmm weird. Plays fine here. The only thing I have to get used to is driving vehicles. Right now I'm using the steering wheel option (because I dislike having to move my iPod to steer) and I feel a bit like Enviro-bear must feel when driving.

  • maikelg

    Hmm weird. Plays fine here. The only thing I have to get used to is driving vehicles. Right now I'm using the steering wheel option (because I dislike having to move my iPod to steer) and I feel a bit like Enviro-bear must feel when driving.

  • LBG

    You can tell it is a good game by looking at the screenshot showing the map. Playing at 3:21 AM? lol

  • LBG

    You can tell it is a good game by looking at the screenshot showing the map. Playing at 3:21 AM? lol

  • Streets

    The games graphics are disgusting, the gameplay is so boring, the city is short....etc. *deletes* And I loved GTA- this BLOWS

    • bob

      just checking you realise you are playing this on your phone / ipod yeah?

  • Streets

    The games graphics are disgusting, the gameplay is so boring, the city is short....etc. *deletes* And I loved GTA- this BLOWS

    • bob

      just checking you realise you are playing this on your phone / ipod yeah?

  • http://www.hiddenarea.com Kate

    Great review. Not my type of game, but you saved me some cash to find that out. Then again, I'm still on RE: Degeneration.

  • http://www.hiddenarea.com Kate

    Great review. Not my type of game, but you saved me some cash to find that out. Then again, I'm still on RE: Degeneration.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kudzaikun Kudzaikun

    Gameloft is leading the iphone gaming market, respect them for some of the things they have done, and to think this game is 6.99, how much would this have been if it was on the DS, here is to the future of iphone gaming, clearly awesome pricing scheme IMO.

    Was playing it on my 3GS and i had no problems what so ever, loaded fast, no slow downs or crashes.My quick 30 min with it though, only frustration i had with was with the driving control scheme, tilt is horrible, make sure you go into the options and try something else.

    • Arad

      Well China Town Wars is on the ds and plays and looks much better, cause it is made by the GTA creators

  • http://www.twitter.com/kudzaikun Kudzaikun

    Gameloft is leading the iphone gaming market, respect them for some of the things they have done, and to think this game is 6.99, how much would this have been if it was on the DS, here is to the future of iphone gaming, clearly awesome pricing scheme IMO.

    Was playing it on my 3GS and i had no problems what so ever, loaded fast, no slow downs or crashes.My quick 30 min with it though, only frustration i had with was with the driving control scheme, tilt is horrible, make sure you go into the options and try something else.

    • Arad

      Well China Town Wars is on the ds and plays and looks much better, cause it is made by the GTA creators

  • Hirdsaw

    Who thinks Gameloft should include bluetooth and local multiplayer?

  • Hirdsaw

    Who thinks Gameloft should include bluetooth and local multiplayer?

  • PeterM11

    Great review. I totally agree. This game is awesome.

  • PeterM11

    Great review. I totally agree. This game is awesome.

  • Andrew H

    this game rocks. Sure it doesn't have all the crazy good graphics as GTA4, but for an iphone game it runs smooth (on the 3gs). there is only one long load in the beginning and then the game never has to load again. The city appears as you move from place to place. Very fun game and the story is pretty good as well. Been playing since it came out today.

  • http://na Andrew H

    this game rocks. Sure it doesn't have all the crazy good graphics as GTA4, but for an iphone game it runs smooth (on the 3gs). there is only one long load in the beginning and then the game never has to load again. The city appears as you move from place to place. Very fun game and the story is pretty good as well. Been playing since it came out today.

  • Tekkaman

    I was having trouble with freezes and lags but then I made sure safari wasn't connected and turned off my winterboard themes and it runs fine now.

  • Tekkaman

    I was having trouble with freezes and lags but then I made sure safari wasn't connected and turned off my winterboard themes and it runs fine now.

  • Tristan

    If your having issues with the game freezing every few seconds and your jailbroken, make sure your in Safe-Mode. Safe-Mode will make it stop freezing all together. You can get to it by using sbsettings under power settings. This is easier than disabling a bunch of themes or turning safari off as its straight forward. Great for other memory intensive games as well! By the way, I'm using an original iphone, with 3.0 firmware. :)

    • Serro

      I don't know why but neither safe mode nor respringing do the trick for me. I reinstalled, emptied the memory through programs like memInfo... the game is unplayable for me...

      • Serro

        Solved the issue: I had ankiMini running in the background even during safe mode. If you have issues even in safe mode, check that there is nothing you installed through cydia which interferes or still runs in the background!

    • Azkikr

      Perfect. Safe mode is the trick for me. Had already put fly mode on and all other things like bluetooth and SSH of course off. Was still freezing every 20 seconds or so. Now in Safe mode all is perfect!

  • Tristan

    If your having issues with the game freezing every few seconds and your jailbroken, make sure your in Safe-Mode. Safe-Mode will make it stop freezing all together. You can get to it by using sbsettings under power settings. This is easier than disabling a bunch of themes or turning safari off as its straight forward. Great for other memory intensive games as well! By the way, I'm using an original iphone, with 3.0 firmware. :)

    • Serro

      I don't know why but neither safe mode nor respringing do the trick for me. I reinstalled, emptied the memory through programs like memInfo... the game is unplayable for me...

      • Serro

        Solved the issue: I had ankiMini running in the background even during safe mode. If you have issues even in safe mode, check that there is nothing you installed through cydia which interferes or still runs in the background!

    • Azkikr

      Perfect. Safe mode is the trick for me. Had already put fly mode on and all other things like bluetooth and SSH of course off. Was still freezing every 20 seconds or so. Now in Safe mode all is perfect!

  • Oggy

    The steering wheel or slider touch controls for driving seem much better to me than the default tilt control. This game is great. Ideally, the draw distance would be farther, but really I'm just impressed at the graphics overall. The story seemed a bit choppy, but now I'm realizing it fits the "quick pick-up session" approach that iPhone games really require.

    A solid effort by Gameloft, I'd say.

  • Oggy

    The steering wheel or slider touch controls for driving seem much better to me than the default tilt control. This game is great. Ideally, the draw distance would be farther, but really I'm just impressed at the graphics overall. The story seemed a bit choppy, but now I'm realizing it fits the "quick pick-up session" approach that iPhone games really require.

    A solid effort by Gameloft, I'd say.

  • KllrDave

    TRYING to play this on a non-JB 3G. Got tired of wasting my time. The game constantly freezes. The only relief I've found is to reboot my device. Sorry, but if I have to reboot the device prior to every time that I want to play a game, then that game is BROKEN.

    iPhone 3G tested, my ass. I want my money back. Once I get my iTunes receipt I will be reporting a problem with this dysfunctional game.

  • KllrDave

    TRYING to play this on a non-JB 3G. Got tired of wasting my time. The game constantly freezes. The only relief I've found is to reboot my device. Sorry, but if I have to reboot the device prior to every time that I want to play a game, then that game is BROKEN.

    iPhone 3G tested, my ass. I want my money back. Once I get my iTunes receipt I will be reporting a problem with this dysfunctional game.

  • Phil

    Downloading now via wifi
    Feel like a kid anticipating
    the unwrapping of a new gift ... back later

  • Phil

    Downloading now via wifi
    Feel like a kid anticipating
    the unwrapping of a new gift ... back later

  • Zas

    I have an original non jailbreaked iPhone 3G and it freezes every few seconds if Im not in Airplane mode (or whatever its called in english), that being without 3G, wifi and connection to my provider for that matter.

    So with no incoming calls, it works fine... but hmmm, that sucks right? Should we let Gameloft know about this issue?

    • KllrDave

      I have already reported the problem to Apple. This is their fault, IMO. They released the 3GS knowing full-well that there would be apps developed to take advantage of the more powerful hardware and would not work in older devices.

      This represents a complete failure on the part of Apple to properly test this app on all environments and to properly label/segregate apps that are only compatible with the 3GS.

      This app should have either been rejected from the App Store or clearly labeled as a 3GS exclusive. Of course, I"m sure Gameloft wouldn't have been too happy if sales of this app were restricted to the smaller user base of the 3GS.

      • Zas

        Dude, the game works fine on my iPhone 3g. Except your that issue. Why would I want them to categorize it as exclusive for 3GS when I don't have one?

      • mike

        Wait, so you want Apple to spend MORE time vetting these apps? You can't have it both ways man.

      • Serro

        The game works perfectly on my 3G!

  • Zas

    I have an original non jailbreaked iPhone 3G and it freezes every few seconds if Im not in Airplane mode (or whatever its called in english), that being without 3G, wifi and connection to my provider for that matter.

    So with no incoming calls, it works fine... but hmmm, that sucks right? Should we let Gameloft know about this issue?

    • KllrDave

      I have already reported the problem to Apple. This is their fault, IMO. They released the 3GS knowing full-well that there would be apps developed to take advantage of the more powerful hardware and would not work in older devices.

      This represents a complete failure on the part of Apple to properly test this app on all environments and to properly label/segregate apps that are only compatible with the 3GS.

      This app should have either been rejected from the App Store or clearly labeled as a 3GS exclusive. Of course, I"m sure Gameloft wouldn't have been too happy if sales of this app were restricted to the smaller user base of the 3GS.

      • Zas

        Dude, the game works fine on my iPhone 3g. Except your that issue. Why would I want them to categorize it as exclusive for 3GS when I don't have one?

      • mike

        Wait, so you want Apple to spend MORE time vetting these apps? You can't have it both ways man.

      • Serro

        The game works perfectly on my 3G!

  • KllrDave

    @Zas

    Except for that issue? You mean the issue where the game continually freezes up and renders it unplayable unless you disable all other functionality of the iPhone?

    Um...that means the game is BROKEN.

    I have been doing QA testing & analysis for over 13 yrs for everything from banking to online media/advertising systems. Part of any test effort for a consumer product is environmental testing. Clearly, this app was not properly tested on the 3G or original iPhone, as evidenced by the problems that people are having.

    • Zas

      I completely agree... lets just hope Gameloft fixes this!

  • KllrDave

    @Zas

    Except for that issue? You mean the issue where the game continually freezes up and renders it unplayable unless you disable all other functionality of the iPhone?

    Um...that means the game is BROKEN.

    I have been doing QA testing & analysis for over 13 yrs for everything from banking to online media/advertising systems. Part of any test effort for a consumer product is environmental testing. Clearly, this app was not properly tested on the 3G or original iPhone, as evidenced by the problems that people are having.

    • Zas

      I completely agree... lets just hope Gameloft fixes this!

  • KllrDave

    @Mike

    If more time means that I don't waste my money on an app that doesn't work on my device, despite no warning that this would happen, then YES...let them take more time.

    Frankly, I'm not sure how much longer it would have taken for them to see that this device would have issues with non-3GS devices. It didn't take me long to realize that this app has serious issues on my 3G.

    Clearly, the App Store has some serious issues regarding the approval process. The time it takes for approval is one issue. The seemingly arbitrary (some say biased) rejection of some apps is another issue. They are the two issues that have gotten the most publicity up to now. However, as more and more apps are released that take advantage of the 3GS's more advanced hardware the issue of apps working on some iPhones, but not others is going to loom even larger.

    • bakufu

      my baby died

  • KllrDave

    @Mike

    If more time means that I don't waste my money on an app that doesn't work on my device, despite no warning that this would happen, then YES...let them take more time.

    Frankly, I'm not sure how much longer it would have taken for them to see that this device would have issues with non-3GS devices. It didn't take me long to realize that this app has serious issues on my 3G.

    Clearly, the App Store has some serious issues regarding the approval process. The time it takes for approval is one issue. The seemingly arbitrary (some say biased) rejection of some apps is another issue. They are the two issues that have gotten the most publicity up to now. However, as more and more apps are released that take advantage of the 3GS's more advanced hardware the issue of apps working on some iPhones, but not others is going to loom even larger.

  • edun1

    Well, theres this app called Free Memory that lets you free the memory (duuuh) of the iphone 2g/3g without restarting it and the game can be played perfectly in normal mode this way...

    • KllrDave

      It looks like Apple made them remove the app/free memory functionality.
      http://www.recessionapps.com/Free_Memory.html

      There is another app on the iTunes store called iStat, which seems to have that functionality, but I'm not entirely sure.

      I would still maintain that if you need another app to get this game to run properly, then the game is broken. If I have to PAY for that second app, it is not acceptable.

  • edun1

    Well, theres this app called Free Memory that lets you free the memory (duuuh) of the iphone 2g/3g without restarting it and the game can be played perfectly in normal mode this way...

    • KllrDave

      It looks like Apple made them remove the app/free memory functionality.
      http://www.recessionapps.com/Free_Memory.html

      There is another app on the iTunes store called iStat, which seems to have that functionality, but I'm not entirely sure.

      I would still maintain that if you need another app to get this game to run properly, then the game is broken. If I have to PAY for that second app, it is not acceptable.

  • John

    The game works fine on my ipod touch 1g. i had to restart before i played and i great on my ipod touch 1g

  • John

    The game works fine on my ipod touch 1g. i had to restart before i played and i great on my ipod touch 1g

  • nsolo1717

    free memory still works as it's supposed to and got updated for the 3gs too, it works just as advertised on the latest version

    • KllrDave

      As I noted (and linked to) earlier, the functionality to free the memory on your device has been removed at the request of Apple. If you already have the app, then you will still be able to use its full functionality (just don't ever delete it.)

      Also, Apple has already seen fit to refund my purchase of this app. Since "all sales are final" on the App Store, I take this as an affirmation that there are, in fact, compatibility problems with this game on older iDevices.

  • nsolo1717

    free memory still works as it's supposed to and got updated for the 3gs too, it works just as advertised on the latest version

    • KllrDave

      As I noted (and linked to) earlier, the functionality to free the memory on your device has been removed at the request of Apple. If you already have the app, then you will still be able to use its full functionality (just don't ever delete it.)

      Also, Apple has already seen fit to refund my purchase of this app. Since "all sales are final" on the App Store, I take this as an affirmation that there are, in fact, compatibility problems with this game on older iDevices.

  • Sticktron

    For those who may not know, here's a memory tip:

    When you close Safari with a webpage open, it stays alive in the background (it has special priveledges.)

    To make sure Safari isn't using up memory, close all webpages before closing it. I think you can also force-close it by holding down the Home button.

  • Sticktron

    For those who may not know, here's a memory tip:

    When you close Safari with a webpage open, it stays alive in the background (it has special priveledges.)

    To make sure Safari isn't using up memory, close all webpages before closing it. I think you can also force-close it by holding down the Home button.

  • Sticktron

    Oh and where are the Z's the reviewer is talking about? I've yet to see any dialog with Z's.

  • Sticktron

    Oh and where are the Z's the reviewer is talking about? I've yet to see any dialog with Z's.

  • ryan

    I was having crash issues on my 3g.... the fix for me was to first
    1. close all safari pages
    2.turn wifi locator off in settings
    3. put in airplane mode
    4. reboot.

    havent had a crash or lag again.. i also dont have to play in airplane mode anymore... hope this helps.

  • ryan

    I was having crash issues on my 3g.... the fix for me was to first
    1. close all safari pages
    2.turn wifi locator off in settings
    3. put in airplane mode
    4. reboot.

    havent had a crash or lag again.. i also dont have to play in airplane mode anymore... hope this helps.

  • Matt

    My solution the freezing problem was to uninstall the music control background program I was using that I bought off of Cydia. AS soon as that came off Gangstar ran flawlessly on my 3G. What are the odds that the people bitching have some odd programs running in the background?

  • Matt

    My solution the freezing problem was to uninstall the music control background program I was using that I bought off of Cydia. AS soon as that came off Gangstar ran flawlessly on my 3G. What are the odds that the people bitching have some odd programs running in the background?

  • crz

    this game was so slow and laggy on my old iphone 2g on 3.0

    will it be fast on my new iphone 3g on 3.0? i hope

  • crz

    this game was so slow and laggy on my old iphone 2g on 3.0

    will it be fast on my new iphone 3g on 3.0? i hope

  • http://covebeats.com covebeats

    seriously, i have enjoyed this game much more then payback. its ridiculous to consider that there is so much in the game. and considering gta will officially release a game for the iphone, this game will hold me over until they release it.

  • http://covebeats.com covebeats

    seriously, i have enjoyed this game much more then payback. its ridiculous to consider that there is so much in the game. and considering gta will officially release a game for the iphone, this game will hold me over until they release it.

  • gatts

    does anyone know how to pick people up in ambulances and taxis and bring food to people in the fast food cars?

  • gatts

    does anyone know how to pick people up in ambulances and taxis and bring food to people in the fast food cars?

  • Chubbs

    Great game using 1g itouch with no probs. Only prob is have is that im stuck on chapter 2 coz cant seem to take goos pictures in the blackmail mission. Any help???

    • gangster n00b

      Hey Chubbs or other players out there, any ideas on getting good pictures in the blackmail mission? I'm stuck on that too

      • crx

        me too..try like hundred times and can't get good picture :( need some help here

  • Chubbs

    Great game using 1g itouch with no probs. Only prob is have is that im stuck on chapter 2 coz cant seem to take goos pictures in the blackmail mission. Any help???

    • gangster n00b

      Hey Chubbs or other players out there, any ideas on getting good pictures in the blackmail mission? I'm stuck on that too

      • crx

        me too..try like hundred times and can't get good picture :( need some help here

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  • lulu

    This game is brill i recommended it to 10+

  • lulu

    This game is brill i recommended it to 10+

  • Shady

    This game is just plain stupid. Reasons?

    - While you just drive around, all of the other cars on the road have one mission; to crash into you. Cars will go out of their way, just to smash into you. Illegal turns, stalls, u-turns... you name it. All just to make sure you smash your vehicle to pieces.

    - There are PLENTY of invisible walls to smash into as well. Curbs that don't exist, fences that you can't see, hills that look like you should be able to drive up just smash your car.

    - The cops are all over you for every little thing you do wrong. The missions require you to drive fast in order to complete them, so they decide to have pedestrians just pop up all over the place to make sure that, no matter what mission you're on and what you must do to complete them, you'll have to do it with a frickin' SWAT team on your tail- ALWAYS.

    Bah. Pee and poop on this game.

  • Shady

    This game is just plain stupid. Reasons?

    - While you just drive around, all of the other cars on the road have one mission; to crash into you. Cars will go out of their way, just to smash into you. Illegal turns, stalls, u-turns... you name it. All just to make sure you smash your vehicle to pieces.

    - There are PLENTY of invisible walls to smash into as well. Curbs that don't exist, fences that you can't see, hills that look like you should be able to drive up just smash your car.

    - The cops are all over you for every little thing you do wrong. The missions require you to drive fast in order to complete them, so they decide to have pedestrians just pop up all over the place to make sure that, no matter what mission you're on and what you must do to complete them, you'll have to do it with a frickin' SWAT team on your tail- ALWAYS.

    Bah. Pee and poop on this game.

  • blarfengar blarfengar

    PLEASE update the game with a few of the following things
    -make it so players can mark a few spots on a map, so if they want to go somewhere it wont be so hard to find it

    -up the prices on cars at the shop, (or keep them the same) and everytime a person plays the game, if they go to 1 of the car shop that car will already be there

    Thanks!

    blarfengar blarfengar, spelled lee smith

  • blarfengar blarfengar

    PLEASE update the game with a few of the following things
    -make it so players can mark a few spots on a map, so if they want to go somewhere it wont be so hard to find it

    -up the prices on cars at the shop, (or keep them the same) and everytime a person plays the game, if they go to 1 of the car shop that car will already be there

    Thanks!

    blarfengar blarfengar, spelled lee smith

  • Lolita

    Huzzah, I got it while it was on sale for 99 cents too! Haven't stopped playing it for two days. I'm struggling with the brawls in ja, though, when there are three guys coming after you (the escape scene), can anyone of you skilled players (or playas, should ibsay?) offer any advice or tips? That would be awesome.
    Thanks for the review.

    -Lolita

    • Lolita

      Oops, I meant to say "jail" scene, not "ja".

  • Lolita

    Huzzah, I got it while it was on sale for 99 cents too! Haven't stopped playing it for two days. I'm struggling with the brawls in ja, though, when there are three guys coming after you (the escape scene), can anyone of you skilled players (or playas, should ibsay?) offer any advice or tips? That would be awesome.
    Thanks for the review.

    -Lolita

    • Lolita

      Oops, I meant to say "jail" scene, not "ja".

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  • MATTHEW 1999

    THAT GAME IS THE BEST GAME EVER ONE THING IS IT LIKE GTA VICE CITY

  • Danny

    Guys, I just downloaded this on my T-Mobile G2. I downloaded it via 4shared.com and I went through the download fine but now it seemes like it has stop loading at the "Please do not turn off your phone while the download is in progress" screen. The download bar is complete but the message won't go away and I cant play it. Does anyone know what the problem is? I didn't download it on the Android Market if that helps. Please respond ASAP as I will be waiting for the download to finish. Also, I had the same problem when I tried downloading the game Modern Combat: Sandstorm. I downloaded it on 4shared as well.
    Thanks, Danny

  • Sara

    i wish i could have it on my psp or pc as you know, i do not have a iphone.

  • http://twitter.com/Kitten4meLove love

    i played this game on my i phone 4

  • http://twitter.com/Kitten4meLove love

    hi do u like the game

  • http://twitter.com/Kitten4meLove love

    i have play this game

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003307288367 Didi Munachiis

    i like it is good thing

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003307288367 Didi Munachiis

    i like it

  • http://twitter.com/Yousufbest1 Yousufbest1

    I love it I have it on mi iPad2 but sometimes it just shuts down and i go the the home of the ipad but i still love it