Dec 15 AT 2:59 AM Taylor Wimberly 117 Comments

Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto III now live on Android Market


As promised, Rockstar Games just released Grand Theft Auto III to the Android Market. If you consider yourself of high maturity and have $4.99 laying around, I would suggest buying this game right now now. GTA3 first debuted on the Playstation 2 around 10 years ago, and it’s one of my all time favorite games.

I dumped a ton of hours into the original when I was a teenager, so I went and purchased it when it came out at midnight. I’ve only played it about one hour, but it has already exceeded my expectations. The game looks better than I remember, it runs smoothly on my Tegra 2 tablet, the touch controls work great, and I’m loving getting to know all the characters again.

Official gamepad support was included, but I didn’t get to test that out yet. I believe it works just fine with Xbox 360 controllers, and I’m crossing my fingers it works with our Logitech USB controller.

Features of GTA3 for Android include:

  • Visually stunning updated graphics, character and vehicle models
  • HD quality resolution
  • Gameplay optimized for touch screen devices
  • Custom controls for the mobile platform
  • Countless hours of gameplay
  • Gamepad Support for select USB controllers

Rockstar Games supported most of the newer high-end devices and they are promising to add more soon. The Galaxy Nexus should be the next device up and running, and we should also see it on the Transformer Prime, since we know they’re working on a Tegra 3 version.

The game is full of adult themes, so remember parents that you can change content filter settings and block your kids from downloading it.

Overall, I’m really pleased with Rockstar’s first Android effort, and I look forward to their next release. It’s been reported that a Max Payne remake is in the works, but we have yet to receive any real details.

After you grab the game and check it out, let us know what you think in the comments below.

Look for Grand Theft Auto III on the following devices:

  • Android Phones: HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x, [Galaxy Nexus coming soon]
  • Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive

Source: Android Market

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  • Shay D. Life

    Plays quite well on my Sensation. I’m actually surprised. We’re usually left out of big/new market releases.

    • robkoehler

      what rom are you running?

    • charliethesuperturtle

      It gives me hope it will work on my touchpad.
      now all I need is San Andreas :D

    • LukeT32

      No OG droid support!? Hogwash!

      • Bob A

        It said compatible for me and I have og droid 0_o

        • Joel Bird

          You’ll find that the majority of recent phones can actually play the game – you just have to side load!

    • twugd

      Yep, and works on a Galaxy S as well. Awesomeness revisited. This is one of the few games that changed the gaming industry standards forever. Nearly unlimited landscape, infinite number of things to do, over 30 hours of game play and you will still not get bored.
      I say, bring on the other GTA series to Android as well!!!

  • jaxidian

    The only thing I want to know is… Are there burning barrels that I can knock over onto people on the streets?

  • ramenchef

    Awesome. This is pretty nostalgic from when I played GTA3 back in high school. Great game. Hopefully the controls are intuitive on this port.

    • 4n1m4l

      The controls work very well. I had to switch it to analog steering, but its very nice.

    • mmmark111

      Controls are great and game is glorious.

  • AsakuraZero

    ill… try this game if i can run it on my sgs2 , i dont like gta for some weird reason but meh i might igve it a shot

  • xfaith

    Not compatible on my ICS Captivate. O well will have to wait, not sure if my phone would support it anyway forget the specs required.

  • RiCkS

    Only for Tegra Devices……bah!

    • mmmark111

      Nope. It’s working on my 1 Ghz Virgin Mobile Motorola Triumph flawlessly.

      • johnnycsx

        Really? I have my Triumph OC’d to 1.6 Ghz for gaming, I thought it wouldn’t work, thanks!

  • Dboy352

    Can’t find a Motorola Photon compatible version. Checked on my phones market and the market online :( Hopefully it will show up soon.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Bring it to gs2! Love GTA! Would it work with a ps3 controller ?

    • stenzor

      It works on the GS2! Runs perfectly.. very smooth, great graphics and controls. Brings back the good ol’ days!

  • erikiksaz

    1. find GTA III hookers
    2. “occupy” empty car with hooker ;-)
    3. steal the hooker’s money

    optional – run over Hooker with previously occupied car :p

  • Hall Lo

    Looks really nice :) too bad I dun have a Tegra 2 device to test it out…

  • Jan Moisen

    when i see at the online market, my sony ericsson arc are supported but my LG Optimus 2X is not supported :-S , but when i get home from work i have to try it on my arc, if it’s good i can wait to the my archos 101 G9 back from repair

    • Jan Moisen

      when i have downloade the game on the market, it have to downloade game data, and it is 440 mb, and on my works wireless it’s going reallyyy slow, and then some on called my, it ended up in my phone cashed :-P and leaved nothing in the call log :-(

      • Jan Moisen

        could not wait, so i have tried it shot, and driving car working fine on Arc, so it is not a tegra only game :-P

  • pritams

    Awesome…downloading as I write..

  • Benji Glazier

    worked on my amaze 4g. scoreee

  • zyphbear

    I really can’t wait to give this a try on a tablet, and for only $5, that really is a nice price point too!

  • Seniareilrahc

    I can’t wait for pay day this will be awesome on my skyrocket

  • Gérson Barreiros da Silva

    not available for my country :( shit.

  • Anthropic

    WTF, not in Australia, bad form Rockstar, get your shit together :(

  • albabarn

    I’ll be downloading this onto my tab 10.1 in afternoon, if I get it just now there is no chance of any work happening today.
    Every now and again I wander past the Rockstar North offices in Edinburgh and wonder what new and wonderful games they are inventing, now we know!

  • David

    Warning :) it lets you download it on the Galaxy Nexus but it FCs with a black screen when you try open it. It does say coming soon to Galaxy Nexus though I guess.


    Wonder if it will work on my gnex

  • Breon M Gerald

    U.S. Only…:(

    • Jan Moisen

      Nope, i liven in Denmark(Europe) and i have successfully install and played it

      maybe your device is not supported

      • andrpau

        It seems there are multiple versions of the game. Each for a different region I presume.

  • McLovin

    Ah, what the heck, I’ll try it.

  • HoLfElDeR

    Wow, this is nice GTA on phone i will have to try this

  • poke50uk

    Roll on Vice City <3

  • Aleksandar Simov

    NOPOLICEPLEASE = Wanted Level Down

    GUNSGUNSGUNS = Weapon Cheat

    BANGBANGBANG = Blow Up Cars Around You

    • donger

      yes, cheats.

  • sgumer

    man i love this game and cant wait to try it out.

  • Jordan

    It won’t install on my asus transformer– Might be worth taking that off the list, no idea why it doesn’t work :(

    Love GTA3 too, hopefully I can get it on here soon…

    • Jordan

      ^It says its “not compatible with any of my devices” from the online market, and doesn’t turn up in searches on the market from the actual tablet just to clarify… I’m in Australia- Could it be a licensing issue? Any transformer users got it working?

      • ACR

        You need an ipad 2/iphone

  • Jimmy13

    Man this would be so fun. I don’t think the og nook will hang though :p

  • thechad

    looks like a cool game

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  • pekosROB

    It is coming up for me to download on my Droid3. I think I will hold off until my Transformer Prime comes in (whenever that is) and it’s available forTegra 3 devices.

    Are cell phones realaly as advanced as a PS2 now? Wow.

  • Rob Vermeij

    One of the greatest PC games on my android phone…… WOW!!!

  • Kaote

    Will have to check this out. GTA III was one of my favorite stress reliever games.

  • MrMrMan

    Nice to have a old goodie to play. But I really can’t see playing this on a touch screen.

  • MrMrMan

    How big a download is this?

    • stenzor

      A little over 400mb in total I believe

  • bolski

    So PLEASE explain to me how this is supposed to be for Tegra devices, yet it’s NOT compatible (per Android Market) with my Droid X2 (dual-core Tegra 2) YET it’s compatible with my LG Vortex (an ARM6, single-core, 500mhz, non-Tegra device)????????

    Makes absolutely no sense.

  • Louis A

    Sweet, when I pick up my Galaxy nexus later today, I will start looking for games like this to enjoy it on.

  • ajonrichards

    Is it groundbreaking that a groundbreaking game released 10 years ago on a groundbreaking console is now available to play on mid-range devices? Whether it is or not, this is still cool news!

  • Gazos

    Well its there for the Desire HD this may have to be my first android purchase!!

    Long Live Android

    • husain

      have you downloaded it for your HTC DESIRE HD. Android market says it is incompatable with mine.

  • Nathan D.

    want it to bad I don’t have a device that support it.

  • drauks

    Luckily I got my Tegra device from Android and Me just in time for this release, Been waiting for GTA!

  • breinhar

    All the comments above perfectly illustrate the fragmentation of android devices. People don’t know if it will or won’t work on their phones. I like android for some things and iOS for others but having such hardware fragmentation is annoying but not much can be done about that with all the different manufactures.

    • ACRc

      Get iphone/ipad and just play. Don’t have to worry about what works or what not.

  • Cesar Ruiz

    Can’t wait to try it on my HTC Evo 3D

  • gherea

    Wow, this is nice GTA on phone

  • desean

    They should have launched with a big bang by being on the last day of the $0.10 app promotion :)

    • kzlife

      True that!

  • humidity

    Can’t wait to get this on the GN!

  • Thomas Biard

    To be honest, I had more fun on GTA 1 and 2. The bird’s eye perspective and very minimal approach to it still hold a special place in my heart. (And this is not just me being bitter that I don’t have a Dual Core phone)

  • kzlife

    No sgs2 love </3

    • spintrex

      Just downloaded it on my SGSII… you should be fine

      • kzlife

        Tried today and it worked like a charm :) thx mate

  • Jim

    I know it says it is available for the Atrix. Is that the Atrix 2 or both of them?

    • frmorrison

      It would be both.

      On a different note, it is crazy that his game came out 10 years ago, time flies.

  • rekaviles

    To though who bought this game, is it worth it? I’m a big GTA fan, but I can’ timagine playing this on a touch screen device. Driving around might be ok, but how are the controls for everything else?

    Thanks in advance.

  • eliander mendoza

    i want to run it in my old motorola thriumph >.<

    • mmmark111

      It works great on mine!

  • Lewis McGeary

    Has anyone used on Nexus S yet? Seems to show up on market as purchasable, not on Wifi just now to try it though.

  • staryoshi

    I am so tempted to get this and shadowgun… so I think I will :P It was nice knowing you, $10 :)

  • Numbertwo

    It looks great too bad I dont have a tegra 2 device, I need to get up to speed with technology even if its only for 2 months lol

  • Jimmy13

    This is where my high school was lost.

  • Marc’us H.

    Amazing that at one point we thought the PS2 was as good as it got, now we can play what was at the time a pinnacle game on something as simple as a friggin’ PHONE or tablet! Kinda blows my mind at how fast tech has moved in just 10 years.

  • Mike Hanel

    still play this on my ps2 sometimes for fun. About to dl now and check it out on my G2x

  • delinear

    I will definitely be downloading this tonight to try out on my shiny new Nexus, I just can’t believe a) that it’s been 10 years and b) how far we’ve come that phones today will run the kind of games that required a reasonably beefy PC a decade ago.

  • Ilyse Rose

    Looking good, though I doubt I’ll ever get a chance to play this.

  • Samar

    Love that.

  • xsynth

    Are you f&#*ing kidding me? Not available in your country.
    It really grinds my gears when companies (especially big companies like R*) don’t do worldwide releases.

  • blind9lives

    Hurry up and get it workin’ on the SGSII!

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    does it work on the myt4g

  • Jorge Eslava

    They should add wiimote support, the touch controls work surprisingly well. This is a great bast from the past.

  • phaet2112

    Still a pretty tiny screen to view all that mayhem in…

    • spintrex

      I can’t imagine how that is on an iphone..

  • spintrex

    Anyone else getting lag in cut scenes, i’m running it on SGSII ET 4G

  • classic_hero

    its crazy how fast time flies, I remember when this came out, what a great day

  • superusermode

    I still have the PC version installed on my machine. Now if the good old “Real GTA” patch worked for this, then I’d be interested.

  • Gordon Wheeler

    Down loading content as I type, soon…

  • smithey253

    Works on the Sensation XE, I’m presuming it will work on the standard Sensation as well. Great game. Now I can waste even more of my time on my phone.

  • lokidokie

    It’s Christmas!!

  • donchanau

    Simply amazing. I can’t wait !

  • BloodRain

    Works Nice on HTC Flyer Wifi i honestly didnt think the lil flyer would be able to run it.but runs juust fine

  • tkitty93

    No release for Galaxy S2… I mean .. what??? The best phone on the market and no release of GTA 3 for us…Strange.

    • Mike Hanel

      shoulda got a Tegra device…..

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  • harry

    Does this work on the htc wildfire s?

  • bob

    can i get it for my sony xperia play?????

    • flamesbladeflcl

      yes and It supports the controls

  • jeff

    is this available for htc inspire?
    can’t find in app store

  • kunal

    i can play it superfinely on galaxy s2, but the camera thing which we move by the right hand is cumbersome


    Going to have to give this a revisit on my HP Touchpad :)

  • flamesbladeflcl

    It runs great on the xperia play

  • Dominicangator

    I new that I should have gotten the Iphone 4s…I can’t find it on the market for my Evo 3d. Extremely disappointed…I guess I will have to download it for my Ipod Touch.

  • Seniareilrahc

    Amazing on skyrocket only one glitch with the accelerometer driving controls…they are ninety degrees off

  • mario medley

    This GTA3 game is not supported by the HTC Inspire 4G.,but get this…my bro has it & GTA SA on his HTC Inspire 4G & it plays well.,unfortunately I found out he paid to have his phone moded & it cost him bout $280.,now his phone keeps blanking every now & then! I’ll just wait til android has an update for my Inspire.,or DL it on my ipod touch 3rd gen 8gb if it supports it.

  • mario medley

    I hope GTA3 is supported by the HTC Edge (a new phone) I’ll be buying after I finish fully paying off my car note on this custom 2012 Dodge Durango (only 3 more payments to go)! Every1 knows Wut da best GTA game is right? (It’s San Andreas) & yes.,San Andreas is coming bk as GTA5 for da big concles.,can’t wait! (I hope it has garages unlike GTA4,& car modifications,& character build)!

  • ProJames

    It’s too bad, that it won’t gonna work on my Samsung Galaxy i5500. With this device I’m only able to play some HOG games as ABC Mysteriez or something.

  • Steele

    Great game!