Grand Theft Auto: iFruit

Grand Theft Auto: iFruit 1.0

Discover a limited world of GTA V on the move

iFruit is a companion app for GTA V that allows you to tweak a few elements of your in-game experience while on the move (and also offers a shortcut to some of Rockstar's social features). So - whether you are boosting cars, knocking off a liquor store, or just on your way to work - you can always be improving your status in the city of Los Santos. View full description

PROS

  • GTA V mobile companion app
  • Two apps in one
  • Keeps you a little connected on the move

CONS

  • Only works well with a permanent internet connection
  • Not much to either element
  • Aggressive/misleading product placement

Is it addictive?

Not bad
6

iFruit is a companion app for GTA V that allows you to tweak a few elements of your in-game experience while on the move (and also offers a shortcut to some of Rockstar's social features). So - whether you are boosting cars, knocking off a liquor store, or just on your way to work - you can always be improving your status in the city of Los Santos.

Poor beginning

It’s fair to say that your first moments with iFruit will be the most disappointing. Starting the faux smartphone OS, you are greeted with a wall of icons from which to choose. Excitingly, these include options such as GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas, though clicking of any of these just takes you to the App Store to purchase the apps. To me, this feels a bit shameless - especially having just bought GTA V which should offer me enough content for months to come.

This unnecessariness aside, iFruit offers two features of note. The first of these is the LS Customs, an app that lets you access your local Los Santos car garage to pimp your digital ride. Here you can create custom number plates, and repaint or tune each of the three main characters’ cars. It is not exactly the most involved in-game activity, but it does provide a way for you to remain connected and get some busy work done.

Simulated walkies while walking

iFruit's other main function is Chop the dog, a trainer program for Franklin's in-game pooch. Joyously inept, you must train the overzealous hound in a similar way to Nintendogs or Pou – the only difference is that Chop is more willing to mate/fight with other creatures he stumbles across than his more twee alternatives.

Like these other virtual pets you must train, feed, water, and clean up after the witless Rottweiler. These are all quite rudimentary, but will keep you busy. The real highlight though is when you take Chop for a walk and enter a fun (if limited) mini-game. Here you must guide your over-enthused pup around the park avoiding other dogs to ensure no... incidents. All you have to do to achieve this is trace lines to guide your pet around, but it is a bit more involved than the rest of the app.

Just about okay

As a free companion to your GTA V experience you may find some use to iFruit, but don’t expect much from its limited and superficial functions.

iFruit hooks directly into your experience of Grand Theft Auto V with some fun activities to further postpone the need for real social interaction. Keep up-to-date on the latest Grand Theft Auto V news, log into the Rockstar Games Social Club, stay connected on LifeInvader and launch other Rockstar Games apps.

Los Santos Customs
The Los Santos Customs app offers players the freedom to create their ultimate vehicle in Grand Theft Auto V from anywhere. At the bar, on the beach, on the toilet. This is the future, we’re almost sure of it.

You can even create and reserve custom license plates for both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online – order your personalized plates before they’re gone!

Also choose from paint jobs, window tints, smoke colors, wheels, hoods and spoilers. Upgrade your engine, brakes, exhaust, suspension, and accessorize with new lights, horns, tires and body armor. 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.

Everybody’s had some work done in Los Santos, so don’t let your ride be the exception to the rule.

Chop the Dog
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? Chop is Franklin’s canine sidekick in Grand Theft Auto V. Look after him well in the “Chop the Dog” app and you will reap the benefits when playing as Franklin in Grand Theft Auto V. Pet him, feed and water him, play fetch and tug-of-war, teach him tricks. Too much or too little of an activity, however, will cause Chop to become unhappy, and nobody likes an unhappy Rottweiler. Take Chop on walks to give him a chance to work off last night’s steak and Piswasser and to mark his turf in the hood - defending his ladies, fending off gang members and even protecting the beach babes of Los Santos from unsightly tan lines by removing their bikinis.

Looking after Chop successfully is reflected in his behavior in Grand Theft Auto V in a number of ways:
•He will be more helpful and responsive to Franklin
•He will perform tricks such as sitting, begging and giving paw if properly trained through the app
•He will sniff out the nearest hidden items when the player takes him for a walk
•Earn enough credits through walks and proper caretaking and exchange them for new collars for Chop