Rockstar Game Tips: Smooth Sailing (and Steering and Shooting..) in Vice City

Posted on January 21 2013, 1:13pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

Since the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition last month, we've enjoyed hearing your choice moments, soundtrack favorites and anecdotes of miscellaneous mischief as you revisit (or perhaps discover for the first time) the sights and sounds of 1980s VC on your iOS and Android devices. We've also heard a handful of pleas asking for tips on particular missions and tasks, so here are just a few pro tip strategies from Rockstar for what seem to be the most challenging assignments.

"The mission that do you after purchasing the Malibu club and you have to go to the second island to see Phil Cassidy at the shooting rage. Man, that mission is freaking hard" - XXBro0klynJAYXX

Phil Cassidy is the best stick-up man in town and while he's not quite asking you to shoot a fly off his head from 80 feet, you'll still need a solid aim if you're going to impress him in the "The Shootist". For those who need a reminder, the mission requires you to beat Phil's score across three different rounds in the shooting range, and each is played from a first-person perspective. Note that there are two ways to control the reticle: the analog method, where you touch and hold the left-hand third of the screen to bring up a virtual analog stick, just like when moving around the world on foot; and the swipe method, where you drag along the center third of the screen to adjust your aim. You may also want to enable 'tap to shoot' in the Controls menu, so you can fire by tapping anywhere on the right-hand third of the screen and not just on the button icon.

Targets up close are tempting, but go for ones in the background. You'll get more points and can easily shoot at other targets that pass in front.

For the first round, firing at moving targets against the clock, focus on the target furthest away. Not only does this target give the most points, you'll also be able to pick off the chest sections of other two targets as they pass in front of it with minimal reticle movement. As the easiest and most lucrative of the three rounds, you should be looking to pick up 30-35 of the 60 points required in total.

In round two, focus on making each bullet count. Targets will appear in the six windows and it can be tempting to try and pop them all, only to end up chasing shadows. Keep the reticle moving around the windows at a slow, steady pace and wait for the targets to come into line. On a good day you may even take your total up to 60 in this round, or at least leave yourself with only a few to grab in the third, most difficult round.

If you try and go for every target, then you're going to find round three difficult, given the speed at which they move and the various spots in which they appear. Instead, alternate the reticle position between these two "sweet spots": the doorway furthest away from you on the left and the waist-high wall opposite that on your left. These two positions alone should provide enough targets to take you to your total, providing you put in the good work in the previous rounds.


"I'm almost on the last mission but I still need to do 'Checkpoint Charlie' for the Boatyard" - VinewoodTits

We know this one's proven difficult to our friend VinewoodTits and others, so we're here to impart some helpful seamanship. The key to driving speedboats is in following straight lines (and that doesn't mean taking Rosenberg with you). Keep looking ahead and try to collect each package keeping side-to-side movement to a bare minimum. Try to memorize the positions of tight turns and start them early - the last thing you want to be doing on the ocean is making twitchy movements as they're difficult to correct. As you approach a turn, ease off the gas while you line it up and then accelerate through. Finally, prepare yourself for the jumps and make sure you carefully line up your approach. If you're messy through that section then you're going to have trouble completing the mission within the time limit.


"Demolition Man on #vicecity is still as hard a mission as ever been on GTA!" - @Matty1989 (via Twitter)

Certainly regarded as being one of the toughest missions in the whole game, "Demolition Man" is a test of how adept you are at controlling a RC helicopter in a confined space, and it's worth making sure your in-flight controls are set to your preference before you attempt it. You can read our full guide to customizing controls, but in this case we suggest making sure the Accelerate and Brake icons (used to increase and decrease elevation while piloting helicopters) and the Clockwise / Counter-clockwise rotation icons are comfortably positioned as those are what you'll be using most.

In "Demolition Man", enter the staircase from the south and, if time permits, feel free to give the construction workers an up close look at your blades.

Our next tip is to memorize these key locations: the Top Fun van where your bombs are, the central staircase inside the construction site and the four sites where you'll need to drop bombs. Work from top to bottom and bear in mind that you don't need to 'climb' each staircase like you would on foot - you can simply fly straight up.

Our third and final piece of advice is to keep moving. Don't worry too much about killing the pursuers with your chopper blades as this takes up precious time; concentrate on moving smoothly and quickly between objectives and you should be able to evade their attacks.

Follow this advice and you'll be the toast of Avery Carrington's regeneration project in no time.


"Help! I'm trying to get 100% and I can't find [x] unique stunt" - Various

We won't provide a full rundown of the unique stunt locations here because there are plenty of fans out there who have already done an awesome job of that in the form of guides and FAQs, which we're happy to direct you to. has provided this helpful series of screens showing each ramp and the areas you need to pass through in order to unlock the bonuses, while longtime fan-run YouTube channel GTASeriesVideos has them all covered in video form. As you're working through each unique stunt be sure to note which ones you have completed as there will be no way of telling which ones you have left later on.

For an extra challenge, take on the unique stunt jumps using a Trashmaster or even a Bus.

One general unique stunts tip is to use the stunters' vehicle of choice, the PCJ 600. Although there's added kudos from us if you can hit them on a Faggio, in a Bus or using a Trashmaster like you see above.

Hopefully this will help some of you prevail in these challenging missions. As always, feel free to shout out any others you may need tips for in the comments so that we or other Social Club community members can help - or by shooting us a mail to and we'll be glad to have a look.

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  • HoneyBiscuitson February 21 2013, 6:54pmReplyFlag
    Forgive me if this is a repeat question.
    I had a hard time with THE DRIVER. On the PS2, I only won the race if there was a glitch (Hillary spins out at the bridge and can't escape). I don't get that glitch on the iPhone. How do I win fair-and-square, before I pull out what's left of my hair, and mash a hole into my iPhone screen?
    • R* Yon February 27 2013, 11:35amReplyFlag
      @HoneyBiscuits Have you tried performing a PIT maneuver? Slide in behind Hilary on his left or right, and spin him out. As for the cops, try to anticipate the intersections where they'll pop out and you should be able to adjust your speed so they move too quickly from left to right or right to left, opening up the lane in front of you. You can do this by slowing a tad at each intersection.
  • AlexSnipeon February 18 2013, 2:58amReplyFlag
    Now the shootout range is easy if you time your movement just right i had 83 hits ;) and my hit % is 97.
    • AlexSnipeon February 18 2013, 2:52amReplyFlag
      lol demo~man is too damn easy to complete. i'd just go full speed and rush back to get another bomb.
      • Slycethon February 7 2013, 2:14pmReplyFlag
        The mission 'The Shootist'-guide is not completely true.
        It's quite simple to get 70 points in the FIRST round:
        The most important thing is that BULLETS are the things you are sort of. You got enough time.
        So just make sure every bullet hits the furthest one for the most points, that part is true.
        What is a pity, are to find ONE last hidden package, rampage or unique stunt, so be sure to use ONE guide and make a note of every jump/hidden package/rampage you've done!
        I also completed Vice City 10th Anniversary 100%. If there were cheats I could mess around with it, but there aren't.
        Rockstar Games, please consider adding cheats to gta vice city 10th anniversary, like as an option in the pause menu. Also, in GTA San Andreas 10th Anniversary, maybe also multiplayer for GTA San Andreas 10th Anniversary!

        I hope this comment is useful!
        • Siberiano2010on February 6 2013, 6:03pmReplyFlag
          Its like ten years ago
          • gtaclaudespeed41on January 31 2013, 9:12amReplyFlag
            i just have a question. gta 3 it is one of the best game off all, time right? and it is my favorite game better than zelda silent hill and all of those games. why dont you make gta 3 on xbox 360. you made it on psn. many off the people on xbox miss the game too and dont have money to buy a ps3. and dont find tha game on xbox 1 or ps2. i dont want to download free i am a big fan so i dont want to break the rooles. so please make it on xbox 360.
            • R* Xon January 31 2013, 9:18amReplyFlag
              @gtaclaudespeed41 Sorry, but due to technical limitations and compatibility issues we aren't bringing GTA III to Xbox Live.
          • xBLENDEKon January 30 2013, 5:36pmReplyFlag
            At the beginning I had problems with the mission of the shooting, but the fourth time in the second and third round focused on two points and got nearly 70 points.
            • tordendeeon January 30 2013, 5:18pmReplyFlag
              I'm having a difficulty with the demolition man. I think mine has a bug. The chopper is upside down? Anyone help me with this?
            • ChrisK888on January 29 2013, 4:07pmReplyFlag
              Demolition Man is the hardest? Yea right! What about Wrong Side Of The Tracks in GTA SA. It took me more than 15 tries and finally past it. Demolition Man only took me 5.
              • R* Kon January 30 2013, 6:07amReplyFlag
                @ChrisK888 This guide is specifically related to Vice City. If it was about San Andreas then we're sure Wrong Side of the Tracks would be making an appearance.
              • ChrisK888on August 25 2013, 12:42amReplyFlag
                @ Oh. Oops.
            • MetalMofo-Billon January 26 2013, 11:09pmReplyFlag
              I got the tip as many others did for PS2 gen, start taking out all the DMan threats before picking up your first explosive, and starting the timer countdown, then it's much less hassle worrying about picking up undue damage
              • R* Yon January 28 2013, 12:09amReplyFlag
                @MetalMofo-Bill Nice, plenty of time to get rid of all the construction workers so you can do your job without any hassle
            • Mar5hall87on January 26 2013, 8:49pmReplyFlag
              I have a problem with when I drive sometimes the car steers right for no reason almost like sticky keys or something :S
            • KelvinFelipeon January 26 2013, 8:19pmReplyFlag
              hey guyz! who already downloaded GTASan Andreas for Xbox360? i dont know what's slowest....if it's my internet connection or my downloading time!! lol
              • Mar5hall87on January 26 2013, 8:44pmReplyFlag
                @KelvinFelipe I downloaded it about a year ago it only took me half hour. I think this maybe your internet connection. Make sure noone else is connected it might help speed up the download :)
              • KelvinFelipeon January 27 2013, 7:37amReplyFlag
                @Mar5hall87 @Mar5hall87 half hour in xbox360 to you? That download took me 6 hours!!! but now i cant play...because i need a external memory to play.. it happened to you too? i saved SA in a pen drive...
            • iTz_iZodiiacon January 26 2013, 8:12pmReplyFlag
              im stuck on the mission where, you goto a guy apartment and you look through his window, he then see's you and runs away, you follow him and he starts shooting you, then runs down the rooftops, he then blows up 2 barrels and jumps onto a dumpster, then getting into a car, leaving you the ---gio, screw the ---gio i go for the car, i then catch up, and he starts shooting me, ive tried everything going from the side and shooting, also staying behind him and he seems to always catch my car on fire, leaving me to jump and get into a new car, though doing this wasting time and by the time i get going, i get mission failed, im getting so frustrated with this mission i just wanna lob my phone out the window, and tips? much apprechiated
            • Get_Out_Ma_Wayon January 26 2013, 1:10pmReplyFlag
              Hey rockstar can you sort out the nexus 4 as its unplayable for me due to lag. Its not the phone as it can play other games fine. Thanks
            • JOAOGTAFOREVERon January 23 2013, 2:33pmReplyFlag
              @R* A OK, Rockstar. Sorry and thank you. :)
              • Redemption_670on January 22 2013, 4:02pmReplyFlag
                what about the mission Bombs Away. i need tips on that. because that mission is hard.
                • R* Yon January 22 2013, 7:41pmReplyFlag
                  @Redemption_670 Using the RC Baron, drop a bomb and crash the first plane into the boats that they'll try to use for their escape. Also, run over the enemies on land by driving around instead of flying. You should be able to pass this one after a 1-2 practice runs.
                • Redemption_670on January 23 2013, 12:46amReplyFlag
                  @ ok thanks Rockstar. i will try do that. its just that i have been having problems beating Bombs Away on my iphone. because its very hard. i keep failing the mission. i just hope i can beat it using the tips that you told me.
                • R* Yon January 23 2013, 12:25pmReplyFlag
                  @Redemption_670 Cool, let us know if it helped
                • Redemption_670on January 24 2013, 3:28amReplyFlag
                  @ it kinda helped but the plane is so difficult to control on the iphone.
              • DjChronnerson January 22 2013, 2:57pmReplyFlag
                I remember when I played VC on Xbox I couldn't pass demolition man at all! I thought it was the hardest mission and I never did end up beating it on Xbox. Even downloading VC on my iPad the doubt of me not passing that mission was in the back of my head, but I ended up beating it first or second try ;)
              • gtaPaulyon January 22 2013, 9:41amReplyFlag
                Still laughing at "when we whooped Australia's Ass!" AMMUNATION AD and "Hey! Can I borrow a knife?" KNIFE AFTER DARK AD. I
              • Chrisevil1106on January 22 2013, 6:33amReplyFlag
                Hey Rockstar! Could you sort out,the audio problems in GTA IV ? I cant listen to the music and drive.
                • R* Aon January 22 2013, 12:28pmReplyFlag
                  @Chrisevil1106 Not sure what you mean - please hit us up at to explain - thank you.
                  If this is some sort of bug you're experiencing though, please contact our Support Team.
                • enjoyingorc6742on January 27 2013, 10:38pmReplyFlag
                  @Chrisevil1106 hold left on the d-pad if you want to drive without music if you have consoles, for pc i am stumped
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