448682_largerRockstar Games brought a surprisingly playable touchscreen port of their classic Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [$4.99] to the App Store back in December, and for the first time since release they've dropped the price of the game from $4.99 down to just $1.99.

Vice City is the second iteration of the fully 3D, open-world sandbox GTA games and was released way back in 2002. It goes hard with its 1980s, neon, Scarface-meets-Miami Vice theme and follows your protagonist as he starts out as a low-level thug and works his way into the crime boss of Vice City.

For its 10th anniversary Vice City was released on iOS with some cleaned up visuals and some subtle tweaks to certain missions and difficulty levels. While the original Vice City is designed for the many buttons of modern gaming controllers, the virtual buttons actually work surprisingly well on iOS and we really enjoyed the touchscreen conversion in our review.

If you're a GTA fan that for whatever reason hasn't picked up Vice City for your iOS device yet, then now is your chance to grab it for more than half-off. It's fun for what it is, and it's kind of a miracle a game like Vice City can be carried around in your pocket nowadays. As always, more information and discussion of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City can be found in our forums.

  • Nathanael Sass

    I'm still on the fence. I know I'd love it, but I'm not sure.

    • Aventador

      If you played it already on PS2 or PC 2$ is nothing to get those fond memories back ; )
      Actually , just the soundtrack is worth 10 X that price .

      • Hoggy110

        That soundtrack...wow...80's pop is so much more better than todays

        You're out of touch, I'm out of time...

  • basil

    Desperately wanna take advantage of this but I hear it chugs pretty hard on the iphone 4

    • Reignmaker

      Heard it chugs hard on everything. So even with an iPad 4, I'm prob not going to pick it up. Star Command and Baldur's Gate are taking up enough my time anyway.

      • Lamar Taylor

        That's not true at all. I have this game on my iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and iPad 4 and it runs smooth on everything. My brother plays this game on his iPhone 4S daily with no complaints.

      • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

        Waoow, nice bunch of devices

      • zombierevolver

        Star command is nothing compared to this game. Less bugs, more fun and less repetititve.

      • Hoggy110

        Well then you heard wrong

    • http://www.facebook.com/paj.saraf Paj Saraf

      Works great on my IPAD 2 and Iphone 5, all I could test it on. No issues at all.

  • blakedaking

    Still holding out for $0.99

    • bigballer

      That's just sad.

      • BrandonRiordan

        I want to agree with you but.. Rockstar screwed people who bought GTA 3 at the release, discounting it half price after the first week.

    • regkilla

      Cheap much?

    • JBRUU

      You're a great example of what's wrong with iOS gamers. You can afford a $200-900 device yet $2 for one of the best games ever made is too much?

      • airwa1k

        Best games ever made? No. A great game? Yes.

      • JBRUU

        To each his own.

      • http://www.facebook.com/paj.saraf Paj Saraf

        I think you can make an arguement that this was the most important game ever. It was a system seller for ps2 and probably, without exageration, sold about 30 million consoles.

    • Lamar Taylor

      Are you joking or just a cheapskate? This game is the price of fries and a soda at McDonald's. Going to see a movie is $10 and you go home empty handed...this game lasts months.

  • Jeff432

    I still prefer Gameloft's Gangstar Rio game. It's a GTA clone but it's more fun because it was designed from the beginning as a smartphone game.

    • number9dream

      Is it free?

    • JBRUU

      Ugh...

    • Reignmaker

      Done with Gameloft. Not because their games are terrible. I just don't like supporting a company that makes its bread and butter cloning the ideas of other companies.

    • Hoggy110

      May have been, but Rockstar actually cares about making a quality game

      That, my internet colleagues, is the difference

  • http://twitter.com/TomateDiseno Tomate Diseño

    Even if you just start this up, steal a car and park with the radio on it's worth it for the soundtrack alone. Not in real life of course - in the game - what with the stealing and so-on. Anyway, that's another 930mb of storage off my itunes hard drive.

    • Eidaven

      930mb?! Man... I have to consider what to delete when I want to download an 80mb game... I've had this on my watch list forever waiting for it to drop in price. Now here's my chance to get it and I don't have enough room... I guess I can always buy it and download it later.

      • http://twitter.com/TomateDiseno Tomate Diseño

        The file sizes for these "mobile" games is getting crazy. On my To Do list is the creation of an "emulator" to see how long it'd take to load a current game on Ye Olde Systems of Yore like a C64 or Spectrum.

  • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

    Priced dropped for Android too it looks like.

  • Dueler

    Anyone who doesn't think it's worth $2 would need to be admitted to a mental hospital. Buy it, buy it now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/paj.saraf Paj Saraf

    i run this on an ipad 2 and its just perfect. No issues at all. great game, feels a lot better than the PS2 version. One of my favorites.