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Grand Theft Auto 5 may not appear on smartphones and tablets until 2023 if last year's tenth-anniversary mobile version of GTA: Vice City is anything to go by. But developer
Grand Theft Auto V: The Manual is self-explanatory: a digitised version of the PS3 and Xbox 360 game's 100-page manual, complete with an interactive version of the game map. It is also available for PCs, with Mac support to follow.
However, it's the second app, Grand Theft Auto: iFruit, that's the real draw for fans. It riffs off the iFruit parody of Apple and its iPhones that first appeared in Vice City, complete with an
"How would we survive without apps? Apps can transform your mobile device into essential tools like a harmonica, disco ball or convincing moustache. Somewhere out there is the perfect storm of touchscreen technology to fix everything that's wrong with your life. And maybe all you're missing is the iFruit app. Maybe not. At least you'll have something to keep you entertained while your significant other prattles on endlessly about their day."
The iFruit app has more serious aspects, though, including news on the console game, integration with
Los Santos Customs is a section where players can create and customise a car for use in the main game and its upcoming Grand Theft Auto Online mode, including reserving their own licence plates.
"Place your order on-the-go and find it waiting for you in the garage the next time you play Grand Theft Auto V, or send your order in while playing and get a call from your local mechanic to swing by," explains the
Meanwhile, a mini-game called Chop the Dog is based on the pet dog of one of GTA V's main characters, Franklin. The more people play with the mini virtual-pet app on their iPhone or iPad, the better-behaved and more useful Chop will be in the console game, including finding hidden items when taken for a walk.
"Depth of content, high production values, defecation. It's the app that has it all. Because who doesn't love tending to a virtual pet?" as the app listing puts it.
For now, both apps are iOS-only, but on its website, Rockstar says they will be "coming soon" for Android, Windows Phone, PlayStation Mobile and PS Vita devices.
Companion apps for big console games are increasingly common. Other examples include
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