Gangstar Rio: City of Saints is a 3D driving adventure game (e.g. a G.T.A. clone) released by Gameloft.
“The acclaimed Gangstar series is back on iPhone and iPad to offer you a whole new place to have criminally good fun! You’ll never experience a better way to discover Rio de Janeiro!”
This is not a follow up to the previous Gangstar games, rathers a story in its own rights. It borrows heavily on the game design of the previous titles and improving on some areas.
The game is basically a mission based 3D adventure. You can follow the missions if you wish or just explore the Rio doing what you like. The missions are normally simple and often take five or ten minutes to complete, often less than this, especially the early ones.
As with the other Gangstar games it plays in a similar way to the console versiosn of “Grand Theft Auto”.
This means that the game has a very adult feel and is rated as 12+, but I would not really like a twelve year old playing this one.
Gameplay wise, the game runs well on the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, on lower spec devices, the game is still good, but the gameplay suffers from more pop up as cars will suddenly appear fairly close to your vehicle (especially at high speeds) giving barely enough time to avoid them.
The game offers virtual joystick and buttons in the walking areas of the game, and these work as expected. There are five driving options available with tilt, wheel and slider options, all work OK, but I found none of them perfect, but at least you should be able to find one that works best for you.
The sound and presentation are very good with an excellent sound track and voice acting. The graphics are good, however even on the high spec devices there is still some of the “pop up” issues when driving at top speed, but they do not detracted from the game.
On the upside:
- It is easy to play and hard to put down.
- Rio is large, and lots of it can be explored.
- Lots of vehicles to find and use.
On the downside:
- The pop up and clipping of the graphics can be a little annoying at times on lower spec devices.
- Almost totally unoriginal (game design wise).
Overall, if you like the G.T.A. games on the consoles then this as close an experience as you are going to find. It is better than the previous versions, so if you have enjoyed those this one will also hit the mark. If you have a newer device this is a must have, for those with older devices should be prepared for graphics that are less than perfect.
Size: 818 MB (1.65 GB installed)
Price (at time of review): £4.99