Do you remember when Grand Theft Auto first came out for the PC and it was a top-down 2D multi-scroller? In fact, both the original Grand Theft Auto and its sequel were basically rough cut smash-and-grab games, in which character headshots with accompanying speech bubble pop-ups would appear telling you what you needed to do next. That’s right, Dorothy, that pitbull of a franchise didn’t start off as the 3D open environment powerhouse it is now with tons of Easter eggs that gamers gleefully discover and brag about to their friends. While the original GTA and GTA2 are available for free download by Rockstar Games (also offering cult favorite, Wild Metal) for the PC, Apex Design’s Payback proudly pays tribute to them both with their own intepretation complete with 11 huge 3D environments, awesome lighting effects, a diverse selection of vehicles and weapons, and of course, a solid soundtrack. I mean, what’s a carjacking game without tunes for those intermittent joyriding excursions in various vehicles, right? Play as a street urchin coming of age in the world of crime by getting as many points as possible to move up to the next level. You can do this in a variety of ways, all non-linear. All in all, this game is what GTA could have been if it stayed in a top-down environment. Recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the “most addicting games in the Apple Store”, it’s becoming a classic all on it’s own. Price: $4.99.