Grand Theft Auto

Game Boy Advance
Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
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  1. The game that we have been waiting for. It is the best GTA game on a portable system and it made a smooth transition from console to portable.
  2. If you are a sucker for pretty graphics and a rich narrative then you had better stick with the console versions of Grand Theft Auto, but anyone looking for an excellent handheld version of the game will delight in the complexity this title has to offer.
  3. 85
    This 2D Game Boy Advance design, at the very least, vastly improves on the originals, and fixes the game so much that it's now a great, recommended action title. It was definitely worth the long wait.
  4. You'll love every minute of it. Its enormous free-roaming environments, plenty of cars and hundreds of missions will keep you busy for a really long time.
  5. If anyone but Digital Eclipse had worked on this title, it could have ended in disaster. It was definitely worth the three-year wait to get a quality Grand Theft Auto title on a Nintendo handheld.
  6. The whole game feels a bit slow at times. There are moments when the action chugs along slower than a milk float, particularly when you're being chased by the police.
  7. 80
    This game still overflows with adult themes, excessive violence, vulgarity, mild racism, and everything else that draws so much attention to the series.
  8. The biggest problem with Grand Theft Auto Advance is that the game is so big and there is no in-game map to be found. There is the typical radar which has your mission points, but you won't be able to know where the hospital is, for example.
  9. 80
    Despite the minor nitpicks that plague this game, Grand Theft Auto is a spectacular game that lives up to it's big-console cousins.
  10. Nintendo Power
    78
    The game's scope is massive, and the missions are varied and rewarding. [Dec 2004, p.148]
  11. Game Informer
    75
    It's ultimately only a bare-bones reminder of a much greater work of art. [Jan 2005, p.148]
  12. If you go in with a mindset of finding a 2D version of GTA3 with a few small problems you will probably enjoy the game.
  13. The only thing that really lets down this game is the poor sound effects and in-game "soundtrack'. No matter what vehicle you are driving around in the engine sounds horrendous.

Awards & Rankings

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#17 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
8
#8 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. BenS.
    Jun 13, 2006
    8
    Not on a great game, but you got to admit its fun to go on rampage. GBA was one of my first systems except for sega and nitendo, and it was Not on a great game, but you got to admit its fun to go on rampage. GBA was one of my first systems except for sega and nitendo, and it was fun. The driving and the Timed Missions got me mad but in all it was kind of fun.**Especially fun to Rampage with the Flamethrower while driving the tank, ohh ya, that was fun** Full Review »
  2. MattS.
    Nov 1, 2004
    8
    This a good GBA game, it lets you take the mayhem of GTA with you. It mocks the original GTA2fairly well, expect you cant go on roofs, the This a good GBA game, it lets you take the mayhem of GTA with you. It mocks the original GTA2fairly well, expect you cant go on roofs, the different gangs aren't marked clearly, and it seems as though it lost alot of passion, but it still has alittle bit of the magic, after all, they are having to cut stuff so it's on GBA. I would recommend getting it if you liked the original GTA2, but do not get it thinking it's a subsitute. Don't get me wrong, the City is huge, expecially for a GBA game, and there can be alot of action going on at once. I recommend this for GTA Vets. Full Review »
  3. Feb 15, 2013
    7
    The game that started it all. GTA I, long story short GTA I is the first game in GTA series and its a classic but I have to review the gameThe game that started it all. GTA I, long story short GTA I is the first game in GTA series and its a classic but I have to review the game as a game, the graphics are the gameplay OK and the story is OK. But its the classic and the really good thing about the game is you get to pick the protagonist, but now we have to go with (NIKO BELLIC). This GTA is even better than GTA IV or TLAD or even TBOGT. So is the good, yes really is, and probably the best Top-Bottom game ever made. I say GTA I is a great time. 7/10 Full Review »