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Lead a life of crime with these multiplayer Android games

by Larry Sullivan

Ever want to be the bad guy or be someone others fear? Want to make the rules and do what you want and not care about others? Well now you have a chance to become part of your own Mafia. There are many Mafia type games currently available for Android, and here are the ones I enjoyed the most.

You will find that most of these games follow a similar pattern. They are multiplayer online games, where you grow your mob by recruiting others online. You level-up by completing jobs, purchasing items, and probably the most “fun” part, attacking and/or robbing others online. The games are free but strongly encourage online purchases.

Mafia Farm (Free)

Mafia Farm is a fun, entertaining game, and it was the game’s logo that caught my eye. It’s a combination of farming and growing your Mafia. You start with a small plot of land and need to fulfill a number of quests to begin. Farming is only a small part and an easy way to earn money. (there are no notifications of when crops are done though). To advance, you need to build your reputation and experience by purchasing items (buildings, vehicles, etc.) for your base and by completing jobs in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

Once you begin, you are open to be raided by others online. To counter this, you will need to work on the offense and defense of your base via items you can purchase and earn. To grow your mob, you need to purchase mobsters from the mobsters bar, but you do not have to recruit other players. These guys are not really cheap but you will need them to survive. The game has great cartoon graphics, elevator music, and is easy to pick up and play.

Parallel Mafia (Free)

Parallel Mafia is an online multiplayer Mafia game. The game is based in the future. It is a crime-ridden world and players strive to control their turf and stop the Apex Agency. The game is a location-based game, which means that the virtual world you create is superimposed on a map of your GPS location. Thus players are truly scattered around the world. If not many people around you are playing, you might not have much competition for space!

When you begin, you will follow the tutorial and build your safe house and a few business fronts. It is at these businesses where you will earn experience, build your influence, find items and fight-off computer generated bad guys. To advance you also will need to craft items and raise your skills (called augments) plus spend in-game credits. In-game credits can be earned by referring friends to the game or in-game purchases. Parallel Mafia has an extensive chat system in place to allow you to add friends to your mob, trade items, get help, etc. Overall, there is a lot to do and explore in the game. Parallel Mafia is not a fast paced game; it is one where steady, active participation is needed to grow your mob.

Crime City (Free)

Crime City is a Mafia game with 3-D graphics. Although there is no blood in the game, this one can be a bit more “violent” than others. If you are given the job to shoot someone, your character will walk up to them, pull out a gun and shoot. The game has three main areas: your own hood, various zones in the city and then the player vs. player area. Within each of the areas, you will complete different jobs to earn money, reputation, and items to help level-up.

Within your hood or your base of operations, you will purchase buildings to earn money and provide protection. In each of the zones of the city, there will numerous jobs you will need to do like helping your uncle get out of jail or bribing a court official. There’s also robbing, mugging, killing, stealing... you name it. In the player vs. player area you can attack directly or go to their hood and try to rob from their shops. To play you need to have enough energy and or stamina to complete tasks. You can purchase more or wait for them to refill once you are out. The game has over 500 jobs, over 60 areas to explore, and a large online community making for extended gameplay.

Earning a reputation as a bad guy, adding others to your mob, and completing jobs around town all take time. Each of these mafia games provides plenty of gameplay and some unique angles to multiplayer online gaming for Android. In all, in-games purchases are encouraged but you can push forward slowly without them. So do you have what it takes to run a Mafia? Do you want to be that bad guy everyone fears?