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Sponsored Game Review: Gangster Block

March 20, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Gangster Block is an RPG game that focuses around the crime underworld and sees you traveling from the streets of Miami to Moscow in the search of power. This is a classic RPG that provides you with just text and power meters to watch. Gangster Block is easy to play, completely free to do so and it features all sorts of things to progress your character from petty crimes to training in the gym to prepare for your next big heist. Gangster Block is a game that delivers a classic role-playing experience online with others, and you slowly but steadily build up your own underworld empire, with Gangster Block’s real estate management and progression from city-to-city giving your thug something to work towards.

In order to start your thug-life journey, you just need to download Gangster Block from the Play Store and then you just need to sign in.

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You can either do so with Facebook or sign up using your own email or password, either way is safe and there’s no need to pay for anything. When you’ve got your account up and running, you’ll be introduced into the game.

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The tutorial is only a few steps long, but it does a good job of filling you in on what Gangster Block is all about and about certain parts of the game.

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Once done with the tutorial, you’ll be able to explore the first city, the streets of Miami have parts that you’ll see in pretty much all the cities, really. Such as the gym to train, shops and that sort of thing.

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Heading to the shops for instance, presents you with a number of different choices.

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Here, you can tool up and purchase your first piece as well.

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Equipping new items like this is as simple as heading to the items screen.

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Of course, you’ll want to commit some crimes now with your new piece.

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Quickly however, you’ll have used up your energy, brave and will. To find out how quickly these replenish, just take a look at the tutorial to help you out.

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I’ll be honest and say that Gangster Block really isn’t my type of game, I like a game that has lots of artwork in it and something to get excited about. Having said that, if you approach Gangster Block as a sort of interactive book of an MMORPG, then the game quickly becomes a lot more fun. There’s a journey for you to conquer here and it is exciting as you see your character’s stats evolve and grown over time. I do wish that there were at least some artwork of the cities and that sort of thing, but if you’re type of player that enjoys board games or role-playing games of old, then Gangster Block is a cool new take on that sort of gameplay style.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Gangster Block runs just fine, but it can take a long time before your meters are replenished and you can get going again.
  • Features (3/5) – While there’s a lot of content on offer here, it doesn’t feel all that fresh and it almost feels niche. Having said that if this is your type of game, then this will be good fun.
  • Theme (3.5/5) – The narration is detailed enough and steps are explained with some enthusiasm however, there’s practically no images at play here and just a handful of environment images would really help here.
  • Overall (4/5) – While Gangster Block isn’t a game for everyone, there’s a lot of content here, and if you’re more of a thinker, than someone who wants to fiddle with tricky controls, then this is worth taking a look at.

Pros

  • Different cities to travel to over time, giving you new crimes and new items to use.
  • No need to get to grips with fiddly onscreen controls.
  • The real estate management, the crimes and more all make it good fun to manage your growing empire of crime.
  • Good game to play for a little bit every day, rather than something you need to play all day to make the most of it.

Cons

  • Might feel a little dated for some users.
  • Introduction of artwork would help this feel a little less dated.

Gangster Block is certainly a game for the older player, that much is obvious thanks to the subject matter, but it’s also a game for those that prefer to read and think things through. In that regard, Gangster Block is a good game, and if you miss these sort of games, then you’ll find a lot to love here. There’s a lot of content on offer, lots of crimes, lots of items and the ability to defeat other players online in real time. All-in-all, this is a game that might not be for everyone, but it has a lot going for it and it might be a nice change of pace for a lot of you.

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