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Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

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  • Summary: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD brings the most-critically acclaimed handheld title of this generation to the iPad with stunning 1024 X 768 HD graphics. With new control layouts optimized for the iPad, higher polygon-count models and all new lighting and effects, this is your chance toGrand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD brings the most-critically acclaimed handheld title of this generation to the iPad with stunning 1024 X 768 HD graphics. With new control layouts optimized for the iPad, higher polygon-count models and all new lighting and effects, this is your chance to get behind the wheel of the best looking Chinatown Wars ever.

    “This is 2010’s first must-have iPhone game.”
    -IGN

    “… the game is a blast. The game takes advantage of the iPhone and iPod touch's strengths…”
    -USA Today.com

    “Highly recommended.”
    -iLounge

    **Multiple Control Setups Optimized for iPad™**

    Intuitive touch screen interface with multiple custom control settings to suit your preference.

    **Bigger, Bolder Visuals**

    Enhanced graphics, higher polygon count vehicle and building models, and enhanced lighting and explosion effects maximize the 1024 by 768 high-resolution touch screen

    Left For Dead in the Worst Place in America
    Following his father's murder, Huang Lee has a simple mission: deliver an ancient sword to his Uncle Kenny to ensure his family retains control of the Triad gangs of Liberty City. Huang is a spoiled rich kid who expects everything to run smoothly, but his trip does not go exactly as planned. After being robbed and left to die, he will search for honor, riches and revenge in the most dangerous and morally bankrupt city in the world.

    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD has been specifically redesigned by Rockstar Leeds, the world's premiere handheld studio, to deliver even more critically acclaimed, innovative GTA gaming for the iPad.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 12, 2011
    100
    Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars has a tonne to offer any gamer. Whether you want to get engrossed in the story and take on missions, or just fancy a quick joy ride, there is something for everyone.
  2. Feb 12, 2011
    100
    GTA:CW looks and plays great on the iPad plus adds a few details not found in the iPhone version.
  3. Feb 12, 2011
    100
    No matter which version is "best," Chinatown Wars is still a fun game on whatever you're playing it on; a game that scratches the itch for GTA's particular blend of action, done up in a nifty hybrid of the old 2D editions and the well-familiar 3D sequels.
  4. Feb 12, 2011
    90
    At just $9.99, Chinatown Wars HD is a mere third of the price for the original Nintendo DS game, making it one of the best gaming values on the App Store considering just how much stuff is packed in here.
  5. Feb 12, 2011
    85
    The iPad version of the game, is not the best version of Chinatown Wars, but it is still a great game.
  6. Feb 12, 2011
    85
    One of the best and most time-consuming iPad games out there.
  7. Feb 12, 2011
    70
    The iPad has the sweetest graphics with a massive screen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Dec 23, 2012
    9
    It's true that Rockstar can't make a terrible game. When something they create is less than stellar it's mostly because of controls.It's true that Rockstar can't make a terrible game. When something they create is less than stellar it's mostly because of controls. Unfortunately, Chinatown Wars falls into this one but you can't blame it, especially because of it being played on iPhone/iPad. I love the cartoon textures and the more fun and easy way this GTA has, unlike most others which I find more serious and sometimes bland. Chinatown Wars is a critical addition to the GTA Series and is a steal for the iOS for only a dollar! Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2014
    3
    This game takes itself too seriously. Yes, The top down view did bring back nostalgia from the early GTA games but frankly the addition ofThis game takes itself too seriously. Yes, The top down view did bring back nostalgia from the early GTA games but frankly the addition of realism like having to hot wire a car yourself didn't make it fun. GTA is meant to be about being able to do things in a game that you wouldn't do in real life. And why is the third island in Liberty City completely removed? I got bored after the first few missions and stopped playing Expand