Urban Crime

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Achievements – Skill options – Great for short sessions
  • Goes overboard with the freemium approach – Controls could be better

Urban Crime is a free iOS game from Gameloft that aims to capture the gameplay of Grand Theft Auto and other open world experiences. The game is a spin off from Gameloft’s popular open world Gangstar series also for mobile devices except that it comes with a free price tag instead of being a paid app.


Urban Crime takes place in the city of Miami where a war between rival gangs has reached breaking point. It’s up to you to ensure that your gang comes out on top by completing missions for money, power and fame. Players are free to roam the world of Miami as they please and have access to an impressive arsenal of weapons to show their superiority to rival gangs.

The core gameplay is fairly simple in Urban Crime and is heavily based around the randomised mission system. As players complete enough random missions they’ll be able to battle a gang leader and once defeated will be able to claim that territory as their own before moving on to the next piece of territory.


These missions are exactly what you would expect from a gang and include car races, escort missions, assassinations and other forms of crime. While there is a good amount of variety in mission types the missions themselves often have little variety in them which can lead to repetitiveness syndrome pretty quickly on longer play sessions.

If you need a game that lets you get a fix of open world gameplay without an associated price tag there aren’t many better options than Urban Crime just don’t expect to be able to play for hours on end due to the energy restrictions and repetitive style of gameplay.


  • Free to play open world crime game for your iOS device.
  • Mission based progression with a good number of mission types.
  • Lots of weapons and items to unlock through gameplay.
  • Claim more and more territory for your gang as you gain money, fame and power.
  • One of the few free to play open world crime games for mobile.



Review Platform: iOS

This review was first published on March 31, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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