Tweak Graphical Settings Of GTA III For Android The Easy Way With A Custom App

As I mentioned in one of my earlier post, the Grand Theft Auto III game for Android and iOS devices is the game that keeps on giving. Not only is it a magnificent game which perfectly recreates the magic of the original ten years ago, not only was it available for a reduced price over the holiday period, not only is it possible to use PC modifications throughout the game, but if you are running the game on an Android device it is now possible to make certain changes to the default settings.


A developer known as hacksteak25, who is part of the thriving Android development community over at XDA Developers has recently shared some of his work the community via the XDA forums. Currently at version 1.3, the app known as ‘GTA3 Graphical Settings + Launcher‘ allows certain default settings to be changed on the Grand Theft Auto III game on Android devices. By the developers own admission, the app is "small and dirty" but does prove successful in making amendments to various settings. So just what can you do with this application, and what settings can it alter? The list of official features are as follows:

    • Shadows: On/Off
    • Lighting: On/Off
    • Resolution: High/Low
    • Rendering Distance: 18 steps
    • Blur: On/Off

One caveat stipulated by the developer relates to the addition of the blur feature added in version 1.2 towards the end of December last year. The blur feature may or may not work for users. It is disabled as default and has only been officially tested on a Samsung Galaxy S II.

When installing and using this application, the original settings of the game are backed up to (GTA3 Folder)/files/GTA3/gta3.gtsettingslauncher.set. If you have difficulties and the app completely fails or should you decide you want to go back and use the original default settings after removing hardsteak25’s app then you can copy the file back to (…)/gta3.set.

Before installing and using this application it is worth noting that you should manually check the GTA 3 directory on your device to see if there is a file which has the name "gta3.set". If this file does not exist then you can follow the link to get the resolution instructions. It basically involves downloading the file, extracting it and copying it to the com.rockstar.gta3/files/gta3 folder.

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