5 Best Games Like GTA on Android

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Rockstar's monumental hit Grand Theft Auto has set records for sales, innovation, and development since the series' overhaul in 2001. Grand Theft Auto 3 set the world on fire with its expansive open world, unparalleled freedom, and strong adult content. And gamers have been clamoring for more ever since.

Rockstar's latest entry in the series, Grand Theft Auto V, is currently the third best-selling game of all time, with more than 90 million copies sold. 

Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery, and plenty of developers are smitten with the series. As such, they've taken to making their own games as similar to Grand Theft Auto as they can in hopes of reaching similar success.

And luckily for both mobile game developers and players, some of them are pretty good. Read on for five mobile games that scratch that GTA itch on Android devices.

9mm

Developer: Gameloft

With a more linear take on the map, 9mm focuses on nailing the action, setting, and overall tone of GTA more than emulating the big sandbox.

With plenty of sex, drugs, blood, violence, and foul language, 9mm immediately brings to mobile platforms that thugs-and-gangsters vibe Rockstar has cultivated over the years. As John "Loose" Kannon, a corrupt narcotics officer, you play through the aftermath of killing a drug lord's brother and stealing millions in cold, hard cash.

As the title of the game might have subtly hinted, guns play a very prominent role in this game, with constant shootouts against gangsters and bodyguards who want you dead. Fortunately, Gameloft nailed another classic Rockstar staple: bullet-time. Kannon can activate bullet-time just like Max Payne, making swiss-cheesing your enemies extra entertaining.

Real Gangster Crime 2

Developer: Good Thoughts Affect
Price: Free (in-app purchases)
Where to Buy: Google Store

With an open world Rio and plenty of people to kill, Real Gangster Crime 2 is an antic-filled title that captures the zaniest parts of GTA.

This title focuses a lot more on the rampaging sprees players adore from GTA and gives the player plenty of options in how they would like to do them. Cars, helicopters, and yes, tanks, make their appearance, as does a variety of weapons that would make John Wick smile.

Real Gangster Crime 2 is less polished and not as pretty as some of the others on this list, but it does not fall short on fun.

Gangstar Rio: City of Saints

Developer: Gameloft
Price: $6.99
Where to Buy: Google Store

Another title from Gameloft, City of Saints focuses fully on encompassing every aspect of GTA.

No longer linear or story-based like 9mm, you can explore Rio by foot, car, helicopter, or tank to your heart's content. That's right, you can get your grubby mitts on tanks. Certainly sounds like Grand Theft Auto now, don't it?

The game has day and night cycles, more than 60 missions, collectibles, and a wide arsenal of both weapons and clothing. All that, and the game still manages to look pretty damn good for a mobile game.

Grand Gangsters 3D

Developer: Doodle Mobile Ltd.
Price: Free (in-app purchases)
Where to Buy: Google Store

Fifteen weapons and cars, six different types of vehicle theft missions, and four giant sections of the city for you to explore. Grand Gangsters 3D continues the trend of open-world free-for-alls against cops and gangsters but also puts emphasis on Grand Theft Auto in the literal sense.

The focus on stealing cars in a variety of entertaining ways is a unique twist that also calls to fans of the Fast and the Furious franchise and sets itself apart from the competition.

Gangstar Vegas

Developer: Gameloft
Price: Free (in-app purchases)
Where to Buy: Google Store

Yet another title from Gameloft, but this time, it's the big daddy of GTA clones on the mobile market. In short, Gangstar Vegas is the biggest and baddest of them all.

As boxer Jason Malone, you find yourself on a kingpin's hit list after accidentally winning a match you swore to throw. Now hunted by his men, you decide the City of Sin needs a new ruler and that you will take it by force.

More maps, more vehicles, more guns, more clothes, more missions, more challenges, more everything. Gangstar Vegas is essentially Grand Theft Auto reincarnated in a mobile form.

So there you have it!

Grand Theft Auto is alive and well on mobile platforms. If you don't have access to a console or PC powerful enough to play one of Rockstar's original hits, these indie homages are pretty good alternatives for when you really need your go-on-a-murderous-rampage-through-the-streets-and-skies fix.

And with mobile gaming quickly growing into the world's biggest gaming market, you can be sure there will be more games like Grand Theft Auto on Android devices for some time to come.

Published May. 21st 2017

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