For whatever reason, the Gangsta Auto Thief series of games was blowing up on Reddit today, so we figured we'd take a look at them to see just how terrible they are. The games are spread across two installments, Gangsta Auto Thief: Reckless Hustle in San Gangster City Pro [Free / $4.99] and Gangsta Auto Thief: Hijack Hustle in West-Coast City Pro [Free / $4.99]. Keep in mind, we're playing the $4.99 "pro" versions here, which, admittedly, was a pretty dumb way to spend money.

If you like expensive, weirdly derivative in all the bad ways games with tons of advertising even though you flipped out $4.99 for them, I can't think of anything better than the Gangsta Auto Thief series.

  • runliketurtles

    1. Make a terrible game.
    2. "Anonymously" post on Reddit how terrible this game really is.
    3. Profit.

    No mystery ??? step needed here.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      If you really could predict the whims of Reddit you'd be posting this from your satellite connected yacht somewhere in the Caribbean right now.

      • Hoggy110

        Or he'd be dead

    • rewyan

      This is going to be the new App Store strategy. Make a game that's terrible, spread the news through alternate accounts about how terrible the game is, and then everyone will buy it just to see how bad it is.

      The movie Sharknado was successful because it was so horrendous. Everyone wanted to see how bad it was.

      • Hoggy110

        Sharknado wasn't horrendous. HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT?!?!?!

  • Taclys

    Any mobile game that tries THAT HARD to mimic a console game name always sucks.

    • McCREE

      Gameloft?

      • ElectromagneticMelaniePulse

        Gameloft doesn't try that hard with their names. Yeah, they're usually obvious references to whatever game they're imitating, but they're never THAT obvious.

      • JJE McManus

        Inhibited by ethics. What's this world coming to?

      • Taclys

        You haven't seen Gameloft make an FPS called Duty Called or Fields of Battle, or a platformer called Super Merino Brothers, or a horror game called Death Space. Granted, the concepts may be similar, but they're at least a tad creative.

  • heresandypandy

    Love how the title in the game changes to "Grand Auto Thief". Good thing they went with the more subtle "Gangsta" in the App Store so people didn't suspect that this might be a cash in

  • anabolicMike

    Disgusting. Those ppl you see on the score board are probably fakes. There probably isn't any connection to other players haha. Random names are chosen and showed so you can think your playing against someone bwahahhah. Thank you for saving us from this garbage. I was just reading an article on how apple is so much better on getting rid of garbage apps compared to google lol. Yeah seriously eh? Maybe there's some secret code to access an emulator or something. Try: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, start!

  • repapermunky

    I think you all should definitely go ahead and purchase the "Massive Battle Tank" from the second game for $24.99. Totally enhances the experience.

  • ImJPaul

    I don't even know why I've been wasting my time playing grand theft auto 5 when this is out. Wow. Who knew such quality AAA titles existed in the bowels of the AppStore. They probably spent so much time and effort into this gem. I can't imagine what this is gonna do for the future of mobile gaming.

  • Pocketnova

    The sad part is, for the price of both games, you could get GTA III and Vice city. Wow. That was an amazing TA plays though! ;)

  • SherlockEB

    Still better iap than madden nfl

  • DannyTheElite

    Still better than madden 25

  • Skylighter1996

    What a joke.

  • zdanee

    It' been a time since I sold my iPod Touch and I don't have any iOS devices anymore, but back then you could ask your money back for 3 days if you were unsatisfied with the purchase.

    Also I saw many terrible things on Play but this one is right up there with Super Monster Bros by Adventure Time Pocket Free Games...

  • Owenazuris

    To bad multiplayer was likely fake. I would have liked to hear why someone would play these games.

  • JJE McManus

    It seems to me that this is just a subtle way to launder illegal drug money. Some cartel somewhere or something. Get all janky with business expenses and stuff.
    A way to farm money from stolen credit cards. Plus on android a nice way to inject Trojans.

    • McCREE

      Actually, that's a great idea.

      • McCREE

        The laundering bit, not the trojan.

      • JJE McManus

        Coming soon from McCreeCo - Irritated Canaries

    • Taclys

      I want to see this concept in a TV show, immediately.

  • Eseres

    Oh my God, Eli. You should demand your money back right now. Those games looks so way beyond being terrible that i can't even find the right word for it. Even the title of the game alone should be a warning itself. The devs of those games can't have been serious when they made them. This have to be some weird kind of joke, right?

  • tinkie277

    It's a shame Apple can't control the crap coming through, these types of games are the main reason I never 'gamed' on android.

  • FuZion

    It's about time Apple had some quality control. As in, literally turn away games that are a blatant rip & have no place on the App Store.

    People should not be allowed to make money like this.

  • GamerGuy

    Fits right in to the appstore mix....jump on the coattails of a popular game even if it's just by naming it something close. I'm surprised this isn't called Angry Thief Auto Jump! I guess they got their 15 minutes and $15....next.

  • rewyan

    So you guys bought one of them, and then proceeded to buy the other just to see how bad it is?

  • Nicholas Yu

    I don't know about anyone else but I feel that this was worth $10 in entertainment value.

    "I just threw up in my mouth a little." -- Jared

  • Dammster

    I downloaded the free ones just to give it one star review. :D

  • Erman Haskan

    Why would you play this game? There are many games you didn't make a TA Plays on. Like Stealth Assassin.

  • PresidentZer0

    Why is there no article about carnage racing? It has a pretty fun game mechanic

  • DannyTheElite

    It's funnier to see them play garbage

    • tpianca

      I agree - but I kinda feel bad about them "supporting" those with $10!

  • 에밀리 :3

    Just wow.

  • pajman sarafzadeh

    That's just awful

    I don't want to work in games anymore

  • Grekki

    Type in Google graphic LRG logo... They tottally ripped it off.