Drive dozens of varied vehicles around three of America's toughest cities. Only the best will be able to tame the fastest cars. Only the smartest will know all the short-cuts and the whereabouts of the hottest wheels. Only the toughest will be able to take on the world and finish the job like a professional...
User reviews:
Overall:
Very Positive (109 reviews) - 94% of the 109 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 30, 1998

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Drive dozens of varied vehicles around three of America's toughest cities.
Only the best will be able to tame the fastest cars. Only the smartest will know all the short-cuts and the whereabouts of the hottest wheels.
Only the toughest will be able to take on the world and finish the job like a professional...

System Requirements

    • OS: DOS 6.0, Windows 95, Windows 98
    • Processor: 75 MHz Pentium or equivalent
    • Memory: 16 Mb of RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 80 MB of Hard Disk Space
    • Video Card: 1MB VESA compatible SVGA graphics card
    • Sound: Sound Card
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Overall:
Very Positive (109 reviews)
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P51
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Gateway game, I played this as a young child, never got off the computer.
Slept through classes.

10/10
Would sleep through school again
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Pusheen
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
*UPDATE REVIEW; Well I just played gta and it seems pretty cool although I did have to hop on my windows 7 just to play it but no biggie, so far ive been having fun jacking cars and running over peps so yeah pretty cool getting to play on of the best old school games I highly Recommend 10/10 must play again... 10/10 F#@$5 IGN...
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jjuswell
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
The gameplay is very straightforward, but it lacks even the most basic of a story line, it just throws you into the game, to kill cops, innocent people, and steal cars, among other things.
Answer the phone, drive, run over people, steal cabs, kill cops, sell said stolen cabs. Repeat.
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[TG] Amensis
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Game is recommended if you like old classics and have a win7 or lower OS, but i could not get it to work on a Win8, Win8.1 or Win10 machine
heads up!
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Blue Uterus
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
Great ♥♥♥♥!
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Gyro Gun
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
Bumped into the leader of a bunch of bald guys in orange, became their leader, led them onto a live rail and set them on fire when they were in the middle of getting fused, doubled my 4X profit for murder. :D
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talgaby
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
Short version: 73%
It’d be a lie to say GTA1 aged well, but the first entry of the series is still a fun arcade game about carjacking and other criminal activities, with the kind of satiric humour that stood the test of time.

Long version:
Compared to the massive open world lumbering giant the franchise grew into, Grand Theft Auto 1 is a simple top-down arcade action game, inspired by the highway car chase helicopter news casts.

The simplicity is reflected in the core mechanics: instead of playing through a story (which this game lacks pretty much entirely), all six levels require a target score to pass. While almost every action gives points, the intended way to progress is to raise the score multiplier, usually by completing missions. These missions are barely anything more than a random set of objectives, tied together with some immature and politically incorrect, yet not too controversial flavour text with some (black) humour and social satire.

The game is easy in many regards– enemies aim terribly, the police are quite ineffective, and all tasks can be described in a few words– but many small annoyances can ruin gameplay. For example, there are no mission retries, and when even the player dies in one hit, it is easy to fail a task on the first try.
The best way to approach GTA1 is to think it as a memorisation game: learn the city layouts, weapon locations, and the mission objectives, and it’ll go smoothly. Just don’t forget that there is no save, so each stage has to be completed in one sitting.

The game engine is ancient and difficult to run on any modern system. On top of that, it can cause nausea with the jerky camera movement and wonky frame rates. And when it works, the player can enjoy the interesting physics that turn every vehicle into a bouncy bumper car.
Still, if you can live with these limitations, GTA1 can still hold itself on its own as a good arcade game that can warrant a replay from time to time.
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Rufi
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5
You want realism? Here you can die from 1 single shot!

The game that started it all. Where you can burp and fart your way around Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas while hoping you don't crash against a building or another vehicle because the camera doesn't zoom out far enough.

Follow the -not so- intuitive arrow though the city to find and do the missions your bosses demands and rise your point counter in order to progress to the next city.

Blow up ♥♥♥♥, kill pedestrians and maybe... JUST MAYBE... You will find those Hare Krishnas and achieve the all mighty GOURANGA!
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Mega
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 21
It doesn't have Shark Cards. It also doesn't make you buy cars.
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RingozwenY
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
Classic GTA
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schnabear
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
FARTS all day long!
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Frist
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 14, 2015
Grand Theft Auto is now old enough to play Grand Theft Auto.
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Mkvarner
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 7, 2015
Laggs
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🐾 Mirek
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 14, 2015
Best GTA ever! There was no Grand Theft Auto since then, that was this fun!
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ardaozkal
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 13, 2015
BUSTEEEED.

SHOTGUUUUN.

The sounds in game should be modded over to gta v.
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[FEAR] Kitty Winter
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29, 2013
This game is like hardcore GTA. one shot one kill, for both you and others unless body armor is worn, its 4 shots 1 kill. No saves, so you die too many times, you lose and have to start over form scratch. Missions are pretty simple, no money system, but points system that acts like money. sports/morobikes are too fast to even drive, so you will most likely crash to everything. no minimap so you will get lost most often. This game is pretty okay for a old game, but I just can't play a game with no minimap or some type of map. 6/10
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Hiko The Magical Llama
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27, 2013
SUCH A FUN OLD CLASSIC!:)
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Rammsteniako
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7, 2013
A classic of Classics
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CarlCX
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6, 2013
This is not a particularly good game. Without it, we would not have had the most influential game since Doom. That means this is worth playing, as a historical piece, to see the strange birthing chamber that would eventually produce our horrible open-world present.

You'll get sick of it in five minutes.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Short version: 73%
It’d be a lie to say GTA1 aged well, but the first entry of the series is still a fun arcade game about carjacking and other criminal activities, with the kind of satiric humour that stood the test of time.

Long version:
Compared to the massive open world lumbering giant the franchise grew into, Grand Theft Auto 1 is a simple top-down arcade action game, inspired by the highway car chase helicopter news casts.

The simplicity is reflected in the core mechanics: instead of playing through a story (which this game lacks pretty much entirely), all six levels require a target score to pass. While almost every action gives points, the intended way to progress is to raise the score multiplier, usually by completing missions. These missions are barely anything more than a random set of objectives, tied together with some immature and politically incorrect, yet not too controversial flavour text with some (black) humour and social satire.

The game is easy in many regards– enemies aim terribly, the police are quite ineffective, and all tasks can be described in a few words– but many small annoyances can ruin gameplay. For example, there are no mission retries, and when even the player dies in one hit, it is easy to fail a task on the first try.
The best way to approach GTA1 is to think it as a memorisation game: learn the city layouts, weapon locations, and the mission objectives, and it’ll go smoothly. Just don’t forget that there is no save, so each stage has to be completed in one sitting.

The game engine is ancient and difficult to run on any modern system. On top of that, it can cause nausea with the jerky camera movement and wonky frame rates. And when it works, the player can enjoy the interesting physics that turn every vehicle into a bouncy bumper car.
Still, if you can live with these limitations, GTA1 can still hold itself on its own as a good arcade game that can warrant a replay from time to time.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
You want realism? Here you can die from 1 single shot!

The game that started it all. Where you can burp and fart your way around Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas while hoping you don't crash against a building or another vehicle because the camera doesn't zoom out far enough.

Follow the -not so- intuitive arrow though the city to find and do the missions your bosses demands and rise your point counter in order to progress to the next city.

Blow up ♥♥♥♥, kill pedestrians and maybe... JUST MAYBE... You will find those Hare Krishnas and achieve the all mighty GOURANGA!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
221 of 259 people (85%) found this review helpful
255 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Grand Theft Auto is now old enough to play Grand Theft Auto.
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68 of 91 people (75%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
It doesn't have Shark Cards. It also doesn't make you buy cars.
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33 of 58 people (57%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
FARTS all day long!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
42 of 51 people (82%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2012
Grand Theft Auto is the root of open world exploration and gameplay. Released in 1998, this classic title started jump started the future for gaming. I don’t recommend this game just because it’s classic, I recommend it because it genuinely has good gameplay. The world is rather large for a game of the late 90s, and gameplay is actually better than a lot of Indies of today. Multiple mission routes mean endless replay value. If you’re not the type to follow story, just go around stealing cars and killing ♥♥♥♥♥es, hoes, and pedestrians for mad points. It’s a real shame the developers gimped on the graphics of Grand Theft Auto. Even for a late 90’s game, the graphics for Grand Theft Auto is god awful. When my avatar leaves his car, I can’t tell the difference between his front and backside; this makes shooting quite chaotic and confusing at times. If you look pass the graphics, there is lots of fun to be had from this classic title. Play it.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2011
The most controversial game after Carmageddon :P
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2011
While a lot of people seemed to have first played the GTA series with the 3rd person games, I started here. It's a terrific, humorous action game without the involved stories of the newer ones.
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19 of 36 people (53%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2010
GOURANGA!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2012
If I have to even recommend this top town classic which started it all to you,then you should be shot,dragged,smacked in the face closed fist style, and beat in the face with a well glazed honey ham.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2011
Old but good!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2012
The graphics are unbelievable! Such realism!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 19, 2011
The one that started it all - and I mean getting the editor of the Daily Mail to threaten to resign if the game wasn't banned. Four games later, the GTA series succeeded. Back to the original, witness (read: cause) such atrocities like 'Gouranga': achieved by running down lines of Hare Krishna monks. Beg, kill, steal, and cheat your way into avoiding cops to earn your cool million bucks. Then get out of town as fast as you can... crime just isn't what it used to be.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2012
Graphics will dissapoint the "PC MASTER RACE", but i recommend this game to people capable of using their brain.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
Best GTA ever! There was no Grand Theft Auto since then, that was this fun!
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2012
Old skool GTA! I played this sucker non-stop back in the days.
Its sad that todays PC's are to fast to run this game and you are forced to use the Frame Rate Limiter which makes the frame rate just to low to enjoy this great classic.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 19, 2012
Great game for its time. Frustrating to play on today's advancements. 4/10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2011
The game itself is actually free, so the savings are passed on to YOU.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2011
must have!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2011
Cant go wrong with the game that started it all
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