Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (iPhone) review: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (iPhone)

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Typical Price: $12.99
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Great design. Awesome soundtrack. Varied gameplay.

The Bad Mastering on-screen controls is much more difficult than the game mechanics.

The Bottom Line GTA Chinatown Wars loses little of its charm in this port from the DS/PSP to the iPhone, but the smartphone's touchscreen makes for a difficult control scheme, especially at the game's break-neck speeds.

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7.0 Overall

Games for Apple's iPhone are quickly advancing in sophistication, moving beyond mere find-a-words and Sudoku boards and onto the brink of what some might consider hardcore games. We've got a Halo clone in Gameloft's N.O.V.A., fully-fledged EA Sports titles and now Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars which was originally developed for the Nintendo DS.

You play as Huang Lee, the son of a recently murdered gang boss and the heir to a lot of misery in the seedy underbelly of Liberty City. Lee's goal is restore honour to his family and avenge his father's death, but doing this requires him to first earn the respect of his father's peers, a motley mix of egocentric low-lives who immediately put Lee to work running errands of murder, terrorise and peddle drugs — standard Rockstar fare.

GTA - story

The excellent story of Chinatown Wars is told in stills.
(Credit: Rockstar)

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