Following oodles of clones and other games directly inspired by Grand Theft Auto-style gameplay, it was great to finally see a real GTA game on the platform when Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars [$9.99 / Free] arrived early this year.

We absolutely loved the game in our review, and later went on to rate it five stars in our best iPhone games roundup for January. Chinatown Wars is a complete port, with all of the content from the original version of the game when it first launched on the Nintendo DS, then later on the PSP. The sheer scope of a "full" GTA game is something you really must experience if you haven't before.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Lite [Free] includes the first three missions from the game, which won't take you very long to beat, but is more than enough to both see how the game performs on your device, as well as whether or not you like the controls. If you've never played Chinatown Wars, you really, really need to give the lite version a try.

  • Tocarina

    holy sh*t
    I would have never thought that they'd release a lite version

  • Tocarina

    holy sh*t
    I would have never thought that they'd release a lite version

  • Cameron

    Eh, I know I'm gonna get flamed for this, but I played the lite version for a few minutes and stopped. Partly because there's so much uninteresting dialogue, but mainly because my car got stuck.

    I guess GTA just isn't my kind of game; I hated GTA4.

    • Trogador

      FLAME FLAME FLAME FLAME FLAME.

  • Cameron

    Eh, I know I'm gonna get flamed for this, but I played the lite version for a few minutes and stopped. Partly because there's so much uninteresting dialogue, but mainly because my car got stuck.

    I guess GTA just isn't my kind of game; I hated GTA4.

    • Trogador

      FLAME FLAME FLAME FLAME FLAME.

  • MrPumpkin

    Too late for a lite version now, the interest of these kind of games has pretty much died out, at least for me, im not going to be bothered downloading this let alone buying the game.

    • wtfomgbbq

      Yeah! There is no interest in DEEP feature rich and COMPLETE games that take up to 15 hours to finish on the iphone/ipod. We need more crappy doodle jumps and converted flash shite. Not to mention the price. Jesus Christ it costs more than a burger!

      • sk8erdude50

        yea totally why buy this when I can buy a big mac meal :)

    • Tunawrap

      Mr Pumpkin. You sir, are an idiot.

  • MrPumpkin

    Too late for a lite version now, the interest of these kind of games has pretty much died out, at least for me, im not going to be bothered downloading this let alone buying the game.

    • wtfomgbbq

      Yeah! There is no interest in DEEP feature rich and COMPLETE games that take up to 15 hours to finish on the iphone/ipod. We need more crappy doodle jumps and converted flash shite. Not to mention the price. Jesus Christ it costs more than a burger!

      • sk8erdude50

        yea totally why buy this when I can buy a big mac meal :)

    • Tunawrap

      Mr Pumpkin. You sir, are an idiot.

  • Howard

    Great game and it looks 'ace' on the iPhone but I just could not play with these controls...

  • Howard

    Great game and it looks 'ace' on the iPhone but I just could not play with these controls...

  • TonyRockyHorror

    I wish the would release an update for the full game for iPad.

    • swarmster

      I briefly got excited thinking the news might be of an iPad version. Interesting that they're still doing some work on this, though. Maybe there's still hope.

  • TonyRockyHorror

    I wish the would release an update for the full game for iPad.

    • swarmster

      I briefly got excited thinking the news might be of an iPad version. Interesting that they're still doing some work on this, though. Maybe there's still hope.

  • ultimo

    I tried the Lite....
    It is an Awesome game which has takn the iDevices gamin' to ze next level

    2nd relevant comment out of 7... Sheesh!

  • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

    I tried the Lite....
    It is an Awesome game which has takn the iDevices gamin' to ze next level

    2nd relevant comment out of 7... Sheesh!

  • Alemastro

    Still regret not buying GTA when I had a chance. it's not available in my region anymore, but it used to be, when the game was released :(

  • Alemastro

    Still regret not buying GTA when I had a chance. it's not available in my region anymore, but it used to be, when the game was released :(

  • ltcommander.data

    Do you still have access to the full city and all the side activities in the Lite version? If so, that's still a very complete game considering it's free.

  • ltcommander.data

    Do you still have access to the full city and all the side activities in the Lite version? If so, that's still a very complete game considering it's free.

  • chris

    i love this game. i have spent so many hours playing it.. not sure how you can say this type of game has lost interest. if its just gonna be doodle jump type.. then just shoot me n ow.

    best 10.00 i ever spent.

  • http://website chris

    i love this game. i have spent so many hours playing it.. not sure how you can say this type of game has lost interest. if its just gonna be doodle jump type.. then just shoot me n ow.

    best 10.00 i ever spent.

  • HelperMonkey

    Must have read my mind. I just downloaded this last night.
    At 144 MB it's got to be about the heaviest "lite" game you can find. It was a long download just to see if the game would work on my 1st Gen iPod Touch, but luckily it runs very well. So, if anybody else has a 1st Gen (with the latest 3.1.3 OS), it might be worth the long download to check out the game and see how it performs.

    • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

      And I bet as the 'lite' version they don't tell you that the full game will final unpack and install to over 660mb on you device, rather than the 220mb it lists in the app description. I own the full version, but i don't play it enough to have it hog that much space on my idevice. So i never play it. Streetfighter lists the app at 200mb odd, it sure doesn't unpack to over three times that.

      I didn't even know DS carts went up to that big!

  • HelperMonkey

    Must have read my mind. I just downloaded this last night.
    At 144 MB it's got to be about the heaviest "lite" game you can find. It was a long download just to see if the game would work on my 1st Gen iPod Touch, but luckily it runs very well. So, if anybody else has a 1st Gen (with the latest 3.1.3 OS), it might be worth the long download to check out the game and see how it performs.

    • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

      And I bet as the 'lite' version they don't tell you that the full game will final unpack and install to over 660mb on you device, rather than the 220mb it lists in the app description. I own the full version, but i don't play it enough to have it hog that much space on my idevice. So i never play it. Streetfighter lists the app at 200mb odd, it sure doesn't unpack to over three times that.

      I didn't even know DS carts went up to that big!

  • James

    Does the full game work on the 1st gen touch yet? I can't find that info anywhere.

  • James

    Does the full game work on the 1st gen touch yet? I can't find that info anywhere.

  • LD

    I missed this, did they update the actual game so it works on 1st generation devices? It didn't originally...

    (Yes, I'm overdue for a new one, waiting for the new models later this year)

  • LD

    I missed this, did they update the actual game so it works on 1st generation devices? It didn't originally...

    (Yes, I'm overdue for a new one, waiting for the new models later this year)

  • Kramg

    How do you stop the game and save it on the Ipad. I could not find a control for that