Grand Theft Auto


Grand Theft Auto is an action-adventure game with an isometric view, the first installment of the Grand Theft Auto series.

Location and plot

The game takes place in 3 different cities, each one resembling real-life counterparts such as Miami, New York City and San Francisco. The world of the game is only restricted by traveling from one city to another, while the cities themselves are free to explore. The plot is expressed in the form of various missions, where the playable character receives general instructions through a phone call, or otherwise.



Each mission in the game has a set goal of in-game points, awarded for successful completion of mission’s requirements, and sometimes causing mayhem for the sake of it. Completion of these missions allows the player to move on to more difficult tasks, and eventually, another chapter in other cities. The player often has to steal vehicles, sell them for profit, perform roadkills and escape the police, as the number of attempts for each mission is limited.

Graphics and reception

The game features a simplistic style for graphics, sacrificing different animations and sprites in favor of just being fun to play. At the time of release, in late 1997-1998, Grand Theft Auto offered unique arcade gameplay with an open world, where players could do anything they wanted, which, of course, was the key to overwhelming success of the game.

Release Date

Oct 21, 1997



Games in Series




System Requirements


  • CPU: 75 MHz Pentium
  • GPU: 1 MB VESA-compatible SVGA graphics card
  • RAM: 16 MB
  • HDD: 80 MB


  • CPU: 166 MHz Pentium
  • GPU: 2 MB VESA-compatible SVGA graphics card
  • RAM: 32 MB
  • HDD: 80 MB

Interesting Facts

  • The game is set in 1997 in three American cities: Liberty City (including its neighbouring state of New Guernsey as part of the same map), San Andreas, and Vice City.
  • The game’s narrative follows a criminal who climbs in status within the criminal underworld across three fictional cities, inspired by real-life locations.
  • The player chooses the role of one of a group of eight silent criminals, four males and four females.
  • The project was originally named as Race’n’Chase.
  • Grand Theft Auto is made up of six levels split between three main cities.
  • Despite its age, GTA even included a multiplayer function, which allowed players to battle with human opponents.
  • The original Grand Theft Auto was first available for DOS.
  • The development of Grand Theft Auto began on 4 April 1995 at DMA Design in Dundee.
  • Grand Theft Auto has been recognised as one of the greatest video games by several publications.

Mod Support


Cheats support


Protagonist sex


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