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Release year: 2004 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Digital Eclipse / Rockstar

Grand Theft Auto Advance (GBA)

Grand Theft Auto Advance (GTA) (AKA GTA Advance) is a top view action-adventure video game developed by Digital Eclipse and published by Rockstar Games for the GBA (Game Boy Advance) in 2004. It is the handheld counterpart of Grand Theft Auto 1 and GTA 2. The game story follows Mike who runs around Liberty City, going through the criminal underground in the hopes of avenging the death of his mentor, Vinnie. To complicate Mike’s case, this is all done while being pursued by the local police.

​The gameplay is very much like the older versions of Grand Theft Auto. A player is free to explore the three islands of Liberty City. Missions are accomplished by doing various tasks such as chasing down drug dealers to bringing down mobsters. To add flair to the game, side missions are also enabled by carjacking taxis, firetrucks, and other types of vehicles. All in all, gameplay-wise, there is just so much to see and do in the game.

Grand Theft Auto Advance (GTA) Cover Box

Grand Theft Auto Advance Cover (GBA)

​One of the greater features of the game is the vehicles. Controls are not that complicated so skidding, reversing, and making sharp turns are not a problem. Additionally, many vehicles are available and each has its own realistic handling properties. So, just like in real life, it is harder to make a big truck swerve compared to a smaller car.

​As for the visuals of the game, it shows a top-down view just like Grand Theft Auto 1 and 2. However, sceneries and location-wise, it is strongly reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto 3. The three connected islands are filled with hospitals, airports, and alleys, adding freedom and options on what to do in-game.

​Also a good improvement to the game is the incorporation of a wider variety of music and sound effects. Each type of vehicle has its own defining sound. And when the character gets in the car, different “radio” sounds ranging from 70s funk to hip-hop are played.

The story of this game you can play on our GBA Online Emulator is commendable and quite interesting. However, its quality is brought down a few notches because of the poorly written dialogue—which is quite surprising given that the GTA brand has always been great in this aspect.

​Overall, the game gives flair to a living world by integrating it with an action-packed gameplay. The plethora of things to do in-game also gives players the freedom to explore whenever they like to, so they won’t get bored easily.

Grand Theft Auto Advance (GTA) game has only been ported to GBA.

Grand Theft Auto Advance (GTA) - Game Boy (GBA)
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