Mark of Mafia has taken the iPhone community by storm since its inception. The interactive strategy game plunges you into the depths of the underworld and it’s your job to build up a family that can rise to the top of the criminal fraternity. At the start of the game you must decide where your family’s interests lie: capitalist (money hungry), psychopaths (obsessed with carrying out criminal activity) or executioners (trigger happy nutters). From here it is up to you how you shape your family and what goals you want to achieve. Because this type of game relies on the interaction between players across the world there are no set targets to achieve and no specific objective in site. Players are free to set their own agendas, some will want to buy as many of the varied businesses as possible, while others may just want to run riot amongst the other players by compiling an arsenal that would rival the American Army.
The community surrounding the game is huge and the dedicated forums are filled with the latest news, strategy advice and forth coming updates. Much of the game’s new features are a result of the users’ feedback and this is one of the main reasons that the game has become so popular. The appeal of Mark of Mafia comes from its simplicity and once you start to see you empire expand you’ll become obsessed with when you can next bank a buck or rough up some rivals. The rolling nature of the game makes it great to dip in and out of but with no real end it can become slightly repetitive overt time. Unless you’re willing to take the game seriously you’re never going to become top of the mafia family tree. However, if you’re content plodding along and ruling your own little empire you’ll be more than happy with this game. Mark of Mafia won’t keep you gaming for hours on end but there is no doubt it will keep the touch screen warm as you check back every couple of hours to make sure your rivals haven’t put too many bullet holes in your new Aston Martin.