If you like console shooter Payday: The Heist, you may love...
By Anthony Usher 21 July 2013
Game Name: The Heist | Developer: tap tap tap | Format: Android, iPhone, iPad | Genre: Puzzle
If you fire up the App Store on your Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPad, you'll notice that Apple has started a brand-new promotional series called "If You Like X..."

For these promos, The Big A highlights a great iPhone or iPad game, such as Minecraft - Pocket Edition, and then lists a few similarly themed titles that you might also enjoy playing, like The Blockheads and The Sandbox.

We thought we'd do something similar.

Instead of basing our list on an existing mobile franchise or IP, though, we've decided to pick a big-budget console title as our starting point.

That title is Payday: The Heist, which you can currently download from PSN for free if you have an active PS Plus subscription.

Stick-'em-up high!

Overkill Software's Payday: The Heist is a first-person shooter in which you follow four master thieves (Dallas, Hoxton, Chains, and Wolf) as they plan and subsequently pull off a series of increasingly difficult robberies.

Throughout the game, you raid banks, storm an abandoned apartment complex, and ambush a prisoner transport in search of large wads of cold hard cash.

Crime doesn't pay, my backside.

Anyway. Here are five different iOS and Android games that you are almost guaranteed to enjoy if you're a fan of Payday: The Heist.

They all centre on stealing, thieving, and crime, you see.

Grand Theft Auto III
By Rockstar - buy on iPhone and iPad or buy on Android

I frequently wonder how Grand Theft Auto III made it past Apple's strict App Store approvals team. I mean, it's filled to the brim with violence, swearing, sex, and almost every criminal act you can think of.

You're Claude, an ambitious criminal who's double-crossed and left for dead by his girlfriend following a daring bank robbery in the heart of New York-esque Liberty City.

After recovering from your injuries and escaping from prison, you begin working with the Mafia, the Yakuza, and plenty of other unscrupulous groups to steal cars, run drugs, and steal cash.

The Heist
By tap tap tap - buy on iPhone and iPad

The Heist is a great little puzzle game in which you're tasked with solving brainteasers in order to crack a high-security vault and make off with its valuable contents.

There are 60 different puzzles in this title, which are split into four distinct groups. As you complete these puzzles, you bypass the laser beams, security cameras, electric bars, and heavy gate that stand between you and your goal.

Check out Pocket Gamer's complete guide to The Heist.

Robbery Bob
By Chillingo - buy on iPhone and iPad or download on Android

Your aim in Robbery Bob is to sneak into people's properties and sneak back out again carrying swag bags filled with general household items, cash, expensive jewels, and valuable trinkets.

Naturally, your mission isn't as easy it may sound.

You'll be showering with other blokes for the rest of your life if you're caught by any of the patrolling guards or bulldogs that monitor each property you enter.

Beat Sneak Bandit

By Simogo - buy on iPhone and iPad

Okay, so you do take on the role of a thief in Beat Sneak Bandit. Surprisingly, though, you're not a bad guy or some kind of criminal.

In fact, you're trying to save the world by stealing back its clocks. These timepieces are in the hands of a nasty villain known only as Duke Clockface.

In this rhythm-based title, you tap your device's screen in time with a beat to scuttle past patrolling guards, security lights, trapdoors, and plenty of other anti-theft contraptions.

Reckless Getaway
By Polarbit - buy on iPhone and iPad or buy on Android

Breaking into a vault and getting your mitts on its contents is only the beginning of a successful robbery. You still need to evade the fuzz and escape to safety.

In Reckless Getaway, you have to jump behind the wheel of a car and do precisely that.

This involves weaving in and out of oncoming traffic; steering around obstacles and hazards; and ramming police cars off the road.
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