Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas iOS (iPhone/iPad) Review



Size: 2.1 GB  
Version:  2.2 
Category: Games 
Last updated: Apr 12, 2019 
Compatible Devices: Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.     
Compatible version: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.     
In-app purchases: No      
Available for: $6.99 
Developer: Rockstar Games 
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 


After the success of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Grand Theft Auto V: The Manual, and the widespread success of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – one of Rockstar Games’ most popular game ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas‘ was ported as is for iPhone & iPad gamers. And even though in today’s terms the game is ancient, it’s still a banger of a game and remains one of the most popular titles by Rockstar Games.

Right off the bat, here’s my verdict: if you’re wondering if GTA: San Andreas for iOS is worth the $6.99 price tag in 2022, then no. There are hundreds of other titles worthy of your money. BUT, there’s a but…

If you’re a huge GTA fan and have loved playing San Andreas on your PC or console and would like to experience the same nostalgia on your iPad, then you can’t go wrong with this one. Because GTA: San Andreas for iPad and iPhone is an exact replica of the game we’ve all loved in our childhood, and you get to experience everything as is. And simply for that reason, I’d say it’s a go-ahead for die hard GTA fans.

GTA: San Andreas iPad Gameplay

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is jam-packed with action and thrill. There’s no doubt that you’ll always be on the edge of your seat while going through different missions and challenges. With 3 cities to explore and tons of missions to accomplish, you will love every minute that you spend exploring the world of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

As far as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas features on iPad are concerned, you won’t be disappointed. The game offers a range of features that will surely impress you. Some of its prominent features include: 

• Remastered, high-resolution graphics built specifically for mobile including lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette, and improved character models. 
• Dynamic detailed shadows and real-time environmental reflections. 
• Physical controller support for all Made for iOS controllers. 
• Cloud save support for playing across all your iOS devices for Rockstar Social Club Members. 
• Dual analog stick controls for full camera and movement control.
• Three different control schemes and customizable controls with contextual options to display buttons only when you need them. 

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One of the reasons why Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas became so widely popular was its strong storyline. You will always feel a deep connection with the pain and the misery of Carl Johnson, the character that you control. Carl has an aim – he wants to save his family and his city. His mother was murdered in the early ’90s, and that’s when Carl had decided that he will do everything to bring back his falling family together and save his childhood friends who are all heading towards disaster. Carl’s tragedies appeal to your heart and encourage you to play this game with full energy and passion.  


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has more than 70 hours of gameplay, which is incredible value for the money you spend to purchase the game. You get to explore 3 of the most popular cities of San Andreas, including Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas. Each area offers tests and challenges of its own, and I suspect that like me, you’ll be hooked to every fight or journey sequence.

Sound and Graphics

Event though it’s been some time since Rockstar Games’ team provided any update to the game, but the fact is that they have improved and refined the games sounds, graphics and most elements and if you have a newer iOS device, you’ll experience glitch-less performance. Even though graphics may look outdated to newer players, if you’d played the game back in the 2010’s, you’d know how revolutionary it was.

So all in all, no complaints there!

Compatibility and Languages

One of the several great things about this game is that it available in several different languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese.

As far as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas‘s compatibility is concerned, here’s all you need to know:

  • iPhone Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
  • iPad Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
  • iPod touch Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
  • Mac Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.

Bottom Line  

If you love action games, then Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iPad/iPhone is hands down a great choice. With a deep story, amazing graphics, and strong gameplay, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a title that won’t let you get bored by takin you on a crazy journey full of action and excitement.

So forget about other titles if games like GTA excite you, and shell those $7 and spend the next few weeks immersed in a game that’ll keep you hooked!


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