Grand Theft Radar: Daddy's back, you glitches!

This one's a little old, but it's still a lot of fun to set up - particularly in a multiplayer game where you don't have to worry about cops swarming you the second you fire a shot. To set this up, find a gas station (there's one just north of the southern freeway in Broker), jack at least two cars and park them next to one of the gas pumps. Then, put a little bit of distance between you and the pump - about a car length should do - and line yourself up so that there's not anything immediately behind or above you.

Above: Oh, sure, this is fine for amateurs - but it's more fun if you can make it hurl you across town

Now, squeeze off a few shots at the gas pump - the ensuing explosion should catapult you into the air, soaring over any nearby buildings and coming down with a splat at least several blocks away. (At least, that's the distance we usually got with this trick - we've heard it's possible to be hurled to the other side of the map.)

What makes this especially fun is that it's survivable - it's actually possible to get back up and dust yourself off after you land, although you'll need a health pickup pretty badly. For the best results, try packing in a few additional cars near the pump, and stand on top of one of them.

We're not entirely sure if this counts as a glitch, either, but it's weird and unnatural, so in it goes. If you're driving a large, truck-like vehicle, like a bus, big rig or NOOSE wagon, it's possible to flip it onto its side spin the thing rapidly in a circle. (Three Stooges "woop woop" sound effects not included.)

To make your truck do a Curly Howard impression, you'll need to hit a ramp or like object with just one side of your wheels to tip the thing over. Then, once you're on your side, just hold the left thumbstick left or right and jam on the throttle. Assuming there's nothing in your way, you should start spinning, faster and faster, in a circle. This is great for taking out crowds of civilians, or just for making yourself completely unapproachable in multiplayer.

This is a weird one. By now, probably every GTA IV player has tried to car-surf at least once, only to be thrown off by the all-too-realistic physics. But if you try climbing onto the hood of a big rig - which is here defined as any truck large enough to have a grill you can hang off of and a hood you can stand on - the results are just a little more spectacular:

Once you've clambered onto the hood, hold still and wait for the angry driver to start moving. In seconds, you should be launched into the air, head over heels, and come crashing down on the pavement. Usually, we only get catapulted a few feet into the air, but it's possible to launch yourself 20 feet or so skyward if you time your clambering just right.


  • kittifizz - March 8, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    Anybody know the name of the song in the second video? (The swingset one.) It's pretty wicked.
  • chris2025 - April 20, 2009 5:50 p.m.

    back into the set and it wont throw you and you can go for F*C*I*G ever
  • greyhound2350 - May 27, 2009 4:30 p.m.

    why is it that you cant keep doing the most wanted list when in the police car
  • albinomonkey90 - May 28, 2009 3:17 a.m.

    yeah ive done the swing set one during a mission. Another weird glitch i found during a mission was during the first racing mission. I shot some people and got into a car with brucie. then a cop showed up, pulled me out of the car and brucie drove off without me.
  • MusesofMe - May 28, 2009 8 p.m.

    i totally did the swing on a motorbike woop... made skull go smushie lol
  • Lwa - September 6, 2009 7:56 a.m.

    How exactly do you think the Passanger one is hard? All you do is park your car next to another (passanger door up against the car) and he/she will punch you out...Retards -.-"
  • skully720 - February 20, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    i've done dat 1 before and it's still
  • Element - April 23, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    dude the swingset is soo boring but the ruck launch never gets old XD
  • pwner423 - April 26, 2009 12:48 p.m.

    were is the park?
  • SuperMegaSmileyFace - May 9, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    Lol ive had some great memories on that swingset
  • cedyhos - August 30, 2009 12:23 a.m.

    the glitch: with friends like this can be done more than one way. If u c a car with 2 people in it, (in the driver seat and the passanger seat) slam in the car the drivers side and block the driver from getting out his way. sometimes when u hit a car the people want 2 fight u, if they do, the passanger will get out, then the driver, and they will start fighting.
  • ilovehalo3 - September 14, 2008 9:18 p.m.

    ive done the one with the spinning noose truck!it was so funny cuz noboday could get 2 me lol
  • gears6180 - September 24, 2008 7:23 a.m.

    ive done all except the one where you get punched by the passenger that one is tricky 4 some reason
  • ramsey99 - September 29, 2008 9:03 a.m.

    the passsenger 1 is hard but im able 2 do the swing 1 lol funny as!
  • Mickl400 - October 11, 2008 3:14 p.m.

    Some of my reterded friends think it only works on online with other people
  • Tom1990 - October 21, 2008 12:15 p.m.

    lmao now thats fun. at least when i drive a car into it i wont need flying lessions. iwonder what will happen if i used a motor bike
  • JUAN_R - October 30, 2008 10:07 p.m.

  • CarToons - November 27, 2008 1:59 p.m.

    What to do in a GTA Free Mode: 1.Have someone drive a helicopter 2.Get as many people as you can in 3.Tell the pilot to go to the Triangle Building(Empire State Building) 4.Hold a grenade in your hand and let the chaos ensue.
  • devilflake - September 3, 2008 3:35 p.m.

    lol ive dun the swing set! My estate was transformed into a mini! the new way to pimp your ride! drive into a playground swing!
  • fffaaarrrttt - October 31, 2009 7:26 p.m.

    tried that in real life not so cool

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