The Grand Theft Auto series, which was originally released for the Playstation and PC back in 1997, is one of the most popular action / role-playing franchises of all time. Along with the console and PC releases, Gameboy and PSP versions of the game have given mobile gamers the opportunity to carjack and pillage on the go (with a Nintendo DS release set to debut in March). And, while we haven’t heard that Rockstar Games has plans to bring GTA to Apple’s mobile platform, tonight mobile gamers are getting the next best thing.
Or perhaps…a better thing?
Apex Designs has just (re)released Payback [App Store] for the iPhone and iPod touch. And in the original author’s words, “every effort has been made to ensure that Payback beats GTA in every way.”
Payback features dozens of vehicles and 11 cities to explore. The player starts off each city on-foot and must get to a payphone to receive mission details. At first, the player’s only weapons are his fists, but crates scattered about the cities contain shotguns, grenades and other weapons that aid significantly in wreaking various flavors of havoc upon the cities’ inhabitants