Mafia City: War of Underworld

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Sloppy strategy game full of sex, violence, vulgarity.

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age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence

War among rival gangs is frequent, with various firearms used; blood spatters are seen in combat and in-menu graphics.

Sex

Women are scantily clad mobster accessories; sex is implied, with closed curtains and sound effects.

Language

Frequent use of "whore," "a--hole," and "piss" in game dialogue. Unmonitored chat exposes players to worse comments from others.

Consumerism

Paid upgrades make for faster progress; developer pays players for five-star ratings.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Gameplay frequently features casinos, clubs, alcohol, and smoking as activities that characters can engage in to make money or for their entertainment.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mafia City: War of Underworld is a free-to-play mobile strategy game. Players attack their opponents violently, with a variety of guns and weapons; blood spatters show up on the screen and on the game's menus. Expect frequent images of alcohol, smoking, casinos, and nightclubs, as well as plenty of strong language ("a--hole," "whore," etc.). There's also a constant on-screen chat feed in which players sometimes use words like "s--t" and "f--k" or discuss other inappropriate content. Women are portrayed as scantily clad accessories; sex is implied offscreen with sound effects. Players are potentially paid by the game's developers for positive reviews and can pay for expedited game progress. It's possible to report and block players, but players can join clans, send messages to specific players, and invite specific players to chat. The app's privacy policy details the sort of information that's collected, used, and shared. To read the privacy policy in full, visit the developer's official website.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bySanjboyz August 30, 2018

Fraud fraud fraud

Guys don’t spend money in this game they do fraud with their customers and when you try to talk and resolve issue, they make fun of you . they did fraud of $500... Continue reading
Adult Written bytomahawkswr83 September 6, 2018

Scam

City mafia is the shadiest company in the game. They are money hungry and greed. My 7 year old son made accidental purchases in the game and when I found out u... Continue reading

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What's it about?

MAFIA CITY: WAR OF UNDERWORLD is a strategy game that revolves around becoming a powerful gang leader. The point is to set up shady businesses like casinos and pawnbrokers, collect resources, recruit and train loyal street thugs, and build both your reputation and your base. Most of your time is spent building and upgrading your territory; the rest involves attacking rival gangs. In addition to managing your own territory, you've got to deal with clan politics, other gangs, smugglers, investments, and keeping your diamond-obsessed girlfriend happy.

Is it any good?

At first glance, there's lots to do in this raunchy strategy app, but the farther you get, the more you realize that the gameplay is incredibly thin. Mafia City: War of Underworld seems to have hundreds of buttons to click to control your empire, and you'll see lots of screens packed with pictures of weapons, tantalizing upgrades, muscular henchmen, and scantily clad gang molls. But once you dig through these screens, you start to realize there's not much there.

The first problem is presentation. Developer Yottagames tries its best to emulate the gangster movies we're all familiar with, but to poor and often comic effect. They've thrown in all the prerequisite violence, curse words, and misogyny (all of the game's female characters are busty and scantily clad, and a closed curtain + sound effects implies that you're having sex), but they still come up short. The story is tissue-thin, and thanks to clumsy English translation, the dialogue is stiff and awkward. Odd text can also make game processes unclear. Mafia City: War of Underworld joins the app store ranks of so-called strategy games that are no more than a reason to mindlessly tap buttons. There's little sense of strategy or accomplishment; you tap once to finish a mission and tap again to get a reward. It's admittedly addictive (n the same way that bells are used to get lab rats addicted to cookies), and Yottagames is counting on that to drive players to cough up loads of real-world cash. They've even taken the reward idea a step further, giving players in-game currency in exchange for a five-star review. Take that into account when you're in the app store, and don't be fooled. The only strategy here comes from a cynical app contriving ways to separate you from your money.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism. Why do you think that Mafia City: War of Underworld pushes in-game purchases so frequently? What differentiates a real strategy game from a money sink? 

  • Is the violence in Mafia City: War of Underworld expected given the subject matter, or do you think there's a level of shock value?

  • Which games do you have trouble putting down, and why? How can you balance screen time with engaging gameplay and real-life activities?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
  • Release date: May 16, 2017
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 55.00 MB
  • Publisher: Yottagames
  • Version: 1.3.105
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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