Rockstar Game Tips: Customizable Controls in Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition

Posted on December 17 2012, 10:56am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

On top of the thrill of experiencing the sights and sounds of Vice City on your mobile or tablet, the 10th Anniversary Edition of the game - now available for iOS and Android devices - has a wide array of control customization options to ensure your play experience is as smooth as Vercetti's wardrobe. Some of these options were introduced last year in the GTAIII 10th Anniversary mobile release and some are new or enhanced for Vice City. Here's a quick rundown of these options and beneath that you can find a full guide to the control settings that can be accessed and tailored from the Main Menu by tapping on Options > Controls:

  • Enhanced Free Look Camera Control: You can now touch the center of the screen (anywhere that isn't occupied by a button icon) and drag in any direction to rotate the camera a full 360° around Tommy.
  • Positionable Chase Camera: You can finely adjust the distance between the Camera and Tommy by pinching in and out from the center of the screen.
  • Tap to Shoot: With this activated, you can tap anywhere on the right-hand third of the screen (not just on the designated button icon) to fire off a round of your selected weapon.
  • 1st Person Auto Aim: When activated, this option gives you a subtle nudge in the right direction when using scoped weapons such as the sniper rifle or the rocket launcher.
  • Running Jump: To make Tommy jump, double tap on the 'Run' button icon.


View Controls: During gameplay, various buttons are displayed on-screen, with each triggering an action depending on the situation. Each action has its own icon, and this screen is your legend for those icons (also pictured below). They're all in one place for easy reference.

Adjust On Foot Controls: This lets you fully customize exactly where each of the button icons, and HUD elements such as the mini-map, appear on the screen when you're on foot. Simply touch and drag each item to wherever you want it to be and double tap each item to resize it. They'll appear exactly where you placed them the next time you play and don't worry: nothing is final, so feel free to experiment until you're comfortable.

Adjust Driving Controls:  Just like the above, touch and drag to position the button icons that appear while driving, and double tap icons to resize. These don't need to be consistent with your on foot controls, so feel free to mix it up completely if that's what you're comfortable with.

Adjust Flight Controls: This should be self-explanatory by now – all you need to do is touch and drag the button icons that appear while flying and double tap to resize.

Use Analog Steering: When on foot, you control movement by holding anywhere on the left-hand third of the screen that isn't occupied by a button icon. Wherever you thumb will become the center-point of a virtual digital analog stick and you can drag in all directions to move around accordingly. If you'd also like to use this method to control steering while driving (as opposed to the default method that has two button icons for left and right) then set this option to 'On'.

Accelerometer: With this option selected, you can control steering while driving by tilting the actual device left and right (provided of course your device supports this feature).

Left Handed Analog: This instantly flips your current control scheme setup (think of it as creating a mirror image) and is a great quick option for left-handed players.

Invert Look: While aiming down the scope of certain weapons like the sniper rifle and the rocket launcher, this option allows you to invert the y-axis.

Tap to Shoot: Particularly useful in gunplay-focused missions, this option allows you to tap anywhere on the right-hand third of the screen (or the left-hand third of the screen if you have 'Left Handed Analog' set to 'On')  to fire, and not just on the appropriate button icon.

1st Person Auto Aim: If you need some extra help with the sniper rifle, rocket launcher or other weapons that offer a 1st person perspective, try this feature. Note that not all weapons support this type of view.

Hopefully this guide will help you get off to the best possible start in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition; feel free to shout in comments or drop us an email directly at if you need additional guidance or have any tips of your own you'd like to share.

  • FrancoPayneon September 26 2015, 3:57pmReplyFlag
    How do I zoom in with the sniper? It's getting really frustrating
    • milesdudeon March 1 2015, 2:26pmReplyFlag
      So can you crouch and take cover in the mobile version? That was always something i liked to do so i hope u can
      • EmperorBevison April 9 2014, 6:19pmReplyFlag
        I've just got this on iPad and I've done something to invert/reverse the control pad
        and can't put it right, now it's unplayable
        please somebody help
        • apeman2001on September 22 2013, 10:33pmReplyFlag
          Can you add back the separate sprint button so that it can be tapped to sprint forever? That is how it is in the iOS GTA 3 version and that is how it is in the original Vice City on PS2.
          • Smart.on June 10 2013, 1:58amReplyFlag
            Could you make an option for the analog stick to be locked in place? When it can be moved around, it makes fine movement really difficult.
            • ChiroVetteon April 6 2013, 12:46pmReplyFlag
              Does anyone know how to zoom in and out with the sniper rifles?

              By the way, for the person above, having trouble with robbing stores, there is no AIM. Go into the store with a gun drawn and if you just "look" at the clerk, you will get your two stars and the store will be robbed. BUT don't forget to pick up your money on the counter or you only get the two stars and no "robbed store" credit! :)
              • crisbling2on May 8 2013, 5:13pmReplyFlag
                @ChiroVette Just pinch the screen like when you are zooming in to read.It's aiming with the normal weapons without firing that's my problem!
            • Stork-on March 13 2013, 7:14pmReplyFlag
              Help with GTA VC 10th (iOS): has anyone figured out how to aim for robberies without shooting the store attendants? The PS2 version allowed this, and I still see a stat for robberies on the iOS version..
              • crisbling2on May 8 2013, 5:11pmReplyFlag
                @Stork- If ya figured it out please tell me! I miss just pointing the gun at peds to hear funny stuff too. :(
              • brod105on October 21 2014, 2:25amReplyFlag
                @crisbling2 You can tap on people with a gun out to aim at them. So basically you just go in with a gun and tap the clerk, wait and he should drop monayyyy.
            • kamran_gameron December 27 2012, 1:53amReplyFlag
              Vice City now looks much better b'cause of some small changes.
              • Slycethon December 21 2012, 11:41amReplyFlag
                An extra reason why GTA is so famous, are the great number of cheats!
                Rockstar, can you please add cheats! They're so fun to use, for example when you completed the game and want to mess around a bit!
                You can also add cheats as an in-game purchase, if you want, i would really buy that!
                • flippakon December 20 2012, 6:39pmReplyFlag
                  lol, i finally figured out how to turn the siren on and off when driving emergency vehicles. double-tap the horn button... :P
                  • konciente3123on December 18 2012, 8:30pmReplyFlag
                    it's the ipod touch 4th problem solved?
                  • moulfriteson December 18 2012, 1:52pmReplyFlag
                    Graphics looks better than San Andreas on PS3 !
                    • flippakon December 18 2012, 4:52pmReplyFlag
                      @moulfrites Graphics is looking awesome on the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. Same goes for GTA 3.

                      GTA 3 and GTA San Andreas for PS3 don't look as good. Looks good, but not AS good.

                      The reason for this is that the PS3 versions are the original games, while the Android and Apple versions are the 10th Anniversary versions with upgraded graphics and upgraded everything.
                  • Diggerison December 18 2012, 9:17amReplyFlag
                    • jonhyosbourneon December 18 2012, 4:52amReplyFlag
                      In 17 hours 1k likes for vice city amazing :)
                      • MetalMofo-Billon December 18 2012, 4:31amReplyFlag
                        While I like this aspect, and having more gaming platform options (Hey, how about RDR on PC?!?!?!???) I think the aspects that hurt PSP and PS2 versions of GTA is the somewhat sloppy vehicle handing and insane speeds, it still feels very difficult even when I use the PC versions, I wish things flowed control wise more like GTA IV, however, San Andreas was not a bad evolution solution to the above issues, on the same platform, I still think of it as the best of it's generation GTA
                        • TRANEMingon December 18 2012, 12:04amReplyFlag
                          Although I have achieved 100% on my iPhone, but I really want to say that driving planes is very difficult with touchy analog as well as finishing some unique stunt jumps with PCJ600 (which you have to use analog to make it go quicker in a short distant.)....
                          • BlushingHuskyon December 17 2012, 5:34pmReplyFlag
                            This comment has been removed for being inane. @ ps3guy india. HAHAHA xD reading that made my day
                            • lol232on December 17 2012, 3:24pmReplyFlag
                              Can you make an Ambidextrous Analog?
                              It would be great for Ambidextrous players like me!
                            • huyingjie62on December 17 2012, 3:23pmReplyFlag
                              BTW Rockstar can you tell the font used for "Vice City"? Some good guys online said it's Rage Italic but it's only close, not the same.
                              • huyingjie62on December 17 2012, 3:21pmReplyFlag
                                Exact the same as GTAIII Anniversary's. But dear Rockstar, next time when you guys release San Andreas Anniversary (if you are going to), please consider changing the control scheme... The sniper rifle scope controlled by virtual a virtual stick is just too hard to get used to. And maybe you guys should think about utilizing the sensors in smartphones like accelerometer and stuff for driving..
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