Developer Rockstar Publisher Take-Two Interactive
Release Date September 17, 2013 (iOS)
Grand Theft Auto V (see our review here) has set its sights on being the biggest blockbuster this year in the gaming industry, and Rockstar was nice enough to give those with an Apple device a little portable fun. What makes it even better is that what you do in certain aspects of the iFruit app affects your console game. Now that everyone on Earth, and perhaps Mars, owns a copy of GTAV, they might as well download this free app.
The three main iFruit apps that affect the game are Los Santos Customs, Chop the Dog, and Lifeinvader. Sure, it’s nice to have a direct link to purchase GTAIII and GTA: Vice City, but right now, let’s focus on how iFruit affects and improves your story in GTAV. The Los Santos Customs app allows you to change the appearance and improve the performance of your in-game car for each character. For example, instead of keeping Franklin’s car white, you can adjust it to be something else: jet black, red, a nice ash, any color you can think of. Want your windows tinted? You can purchase to have that done as well and even adjust the color of the smoke your tires make.
In addition to the paint job, window tinting, and smoke color, the internals can also be upgraded. New, faster engines can be purchased, helping to create a mean street racer for any of the three main characters. Beyond that, you can improve the brakes, the tires, or the exhaust. To have this all done, it costs money, and thankfully, it’s in-game money. The coolest feature of Los Santos Customs is the fact that it lets you personalize your license plate for the game. The plates are restricted to mock ups of California’s plates throughout the years, but this is still a nice addition. Be warned though, you are only allowed to choose what is written on your plate once, so choose wisely, as you’ll be stuck with this until GTAVI comes out.
Chop is introduced in GTAV in the Franklin story-arc, and as you are shown, he is not a very well-behaved canine. He’ll bark all the time, run off, and hump other dogs. To train him, you use the Chop the Dog app. This app is like one of those virtual pets you would carry around in the late 90s. You will have to feed and give Chop water, or you’ll get a warning from the app that he is thirsty or hungry. Additionally, you have to pick up Chop’s poop, or it will start to decompose and be a haven for flies. To pick up the poop, you make a pinch motion on the device and carry it over to a trash receptacle.
You get to walk Chop as well; you can take him to the park where he must defend his “bitch” from other dogs, or take him to the beach where he crushes sandcastles and pulls off girls’ bikinis. Lastly, you can take him out on the streets where he defends your car from gang bangers that want to cause him harm. All of these little mini games are extremely fun and addicting, and they control very well. When you draw a little line with your finger, Chop will start to walk that way. When he comes in contact with an enemy, they are spooked, and you get points. When you give Chop a gift, his happiness rises, and he gets to wear it in the game; the gift is just a better collar, but once you pimp out your car, you might as well pimp out your dog too. And finally, you can teach Chop tricks. Once he learns them, you can have him perform them in the game for all the drug addicts and prostitutes to see.
The final app is Lifeinvader. This is, obviously, a spoof of Facebook, and boy does Rockstar nail it. Instead of “following” a person or store, you “stalk” them. Lifeinvader is useful in the game due to the fact that once you “stalk” a business, you gain a discount at the store. So, if you “stalk” Ink Inc., you’ll get a discount on a tattoo, same goes for Warstock Cache and Carry. This is good for the frugal type, as you can get the best deals from all your ill-gotten gains.
The app also lets you maneuver a bit in the Rockstar world. There is an icon that links you directly to the Rockstar store, and two icons that allow you to purchase GTAIII and GTA: Vice City. It also has an icon to the Rockstar Social Club, which lets you track your story profession, character progression, mission progression, and so on. This is not a cheap throw away app; this was made for the long haul, and it is obvious that Rockstar put a lot of time and heart into it.
+ Well-made, free spoof app.
+ Adds to the GTAV experience.
+ Fun mini games.
+ Customization for in-game car.
- Not enough depth training Chop.
On the fence? This app lets you take your GTAV experience on the road, and that in itself is amazing. Being able to play and help your characters in the game is a huge plus. Anyone who owns GTAV, whether it be for the PS3 or Xbox360, should download this extension to their game.