Mafia City: War of Underworld

App review by Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Sloppy strategy game full of sex, violence, vulgarity.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 13+

Mafia City : An Honest Review by an Adult

Let's begin with the obvious. The name of this game is Mafia City, so parents should already know to expect the content to include elements of crime, vice, violence and mayhem along side of the more mundane organized crime tasks of investing, building properties, collecing resources and training crews. Some other reviews here have mentioned concerns over what they see as stereotypes of some of the characters in the game, which I will address here as well, but minus the fog of "wokeness" some seemed to be under the influence of when providing their reviews. This is a game, with cartoon characters, all ficticious, in ficticious settings and in ficticious situations. Yes, some of the women characters are portrayed as overtly sexual, but to a point of being exactly what they are - cartoon characters based on every stereotype of the girls gangsters would have around them. There is no nudity nor graphic sex by the way, and I think most parents would laugh at how silly most of em look and act. To those uptight about the depicition of Mafia babes for being sorta emptyheaded groupies, please note that MANY of the most skilled, intelligent and fierciest fighters in this game, are female. Also worth noting that every skin tone seems to be represented here, ditto for nationality, etc. In fact, the game even offers special events that focus on cultural diversity and celebrations. Many of those involve gathering and donating foods and gifts as one learns about holidays and traditions around the globe. I have met many people on the live chat included with the game, from all nations and cultures and that is another aspect of this game, some others seem to have purposely left out of their negative reviews. Bottom line, this game is probably best suited for adults because most kids would find it boring and way too complex. It's a slow, building game, with little action and lower end graphics (from what they are used to). But, for some mature young adults, looking for something a little more cerebral and SIM like, this may be a game worth checking out. Aside from some PG-13 language, some fairly tame blood effects and maybe a few sexually suggestive female characters, this is hardly anything most parents in 2022 should overly worry about content wise. And despite what the "woke" reviews elsewhere are lamenting about, not a single human being who plays Mafia City, will walk away a misogynist, racist or hater. That is psycho babble and I doubt such people even played the game much, if at all. Full disclosure, I am 57 and have played this game daily for nearly a year and a half, so I know the content and the context very well.
age 15+

Bad

Really bad

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
  • Release date: May 16, 2017
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Publisher: Yottagames
  • Version: 1.3.105
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: October 7, 2021

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