Grand Theft Auto 3 [$4.99] is good and all, but wouldn't it be better if you could, say, adjust the draw distance? Or turn up the Awesome on those muddy A4 chip textures? Some of our more technically savvy and adventurous message board users are doing just that right now, believe it or not, and without a jailbreak.

How? Turns out that Grand Theft Auto 3 on iOS and Android has the exact same file structure as their PC versions, which opens them up for modding after a bit of directory digging. The thread we mentioned is a guide of sorts if you'd like to get in on the action. If you're looking for how to do it, or have questions along the way. That's the place to go.

Cult of Mac speculates that modding could lead to Hot Coffee-type inclusions into this version, if modders wanted to go that far with additional content. It'll be interesting to see how Apple would react to that. Guess: not favorably.

  • Anonymous

    The Android version of GTA III has seen several updates to improve device support and bug fixes. It'd be nice if the iOS version got some love too. I don't think I'm going out on a limb in believing that the iOS version outsold the Android version so it's not like users haven't been supportive. Hopefully an update will enable some of these graphical enhancements that people have discovered along with the much requested features of cheat codes and custom playlists. I do wonder if these custom mods will break the updating process if an update were released. I'd hate to lose my save game process for example.

    • Anonymous

      My understanding is that you can undo the modding, for skins at least, simply by replacing the modded files with the originals. I would imagine that there's nothing stopping you backing up the save data pre mod with the same application used for modding.

      Also, as far as I'm aware, the Android version updates have been only bug fixes, no higher resolution patches, or additional features, So it's not like iOS users are being penalised. 

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        It's also entirely possible that similar bug fixes and tweaks are in store for the iOS version, but stuck somewhere in approval limbo.

  • Anonymous

    Hot coffee was included in San Andreas, it wasn't a mod so it won't show up in GTA III.

    • http://thrillingadventurehour.com/ Yars Anvil

      I believe the point he was trying to make is that in the wake of sensationalist stories like Hot Coffee and sex in the Mass Effect series, no one is going to give Rockstar or Apple the benefit of the doubt. If someone happens to make a "nude mod" and the press gets wind of it, you can bet that they're going to sensationalize it by saying things like "controversial iOS game corrupts children with full frontal nudity" and leave out the important part that the content didn't actually ship in the game.

  • glenn torres

    i dont want it to improve graphics, cuz if they improve the graphics, it will cause lag on my ipod touch 4g, the game even crash sometimes when i die, then a restart mission will apear, and also when pressing pause, or the home icon at the top left, it crashes, so i play the game without pause and playing the game safely without dying

  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    I've gone totally bonkers for GTAIII on my iPhone 4, I'm on my 8th playthrough now! I've been using LBG's settings file from the forums for most of that time, and the extra graphical detail is really great. It comes at the cost of draw distance and resolution, but it's not that noticeable, especially compared to getting the sun back in the sky and lights working on all the cars.

    I do hope that Rockstar work on optimising the game a bit to improve performance (whenever it rains it seems to drag the frame rate right down), but considering they weren't even planning to support the iPhone 4 originally, I'm really pleased to have got the game in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    So if we have a 4S, we already have these effects enabled?

    • Anti-Archonist

      I would like to know this too. If, however, we can use the PC files, somebody modded the Xbox port's models and textures for the PC version. Most of these alterations did not make the cut to the iOS version, but it does have some new things like graffiti.