Featured Game Review: Crime Story, The Mob Meets Android

Description:

Crime story is a new mob game made specifically for the Android Platform from the producers of My Country and Paradise Island. The game has just been released and so far the gameplay is fresh and leaves me wanted to more.

Gameplay: It starts off with an interactive tutorial that shows you the ropes of gameplay and gives you an explanation of the story as you go. I have been in search of a quality mobster type game on Android and Crime Story does more than fit the bill. The story is about two brothers who are inseparable, but when one gets a job at a port he mysteriously vanishes and isn't heard from again. The game begins with you the other brother getting a job at the same port to try to find out what happened to your brother.

As soon as you start at the port you learn of its mob dealings and see the entire port and all of its dealings are controlled by the Don of the mob organization. You start out at the lowest person on the totem pole and slowly earn your rep and build your reputation as you progress in your initial quest to find your brother and discover the details of his kidnapping. Your first mission is to set fire to a number of crates that were loaded to the dock without the boss's permission, one thing to note is that as you conduct jobs your police awareness level rises on a bar to the left of the screen. You can either continue as your level rises which will  cost you more as you do mission or "take care" of the police which lowers your level back to acceptable levels. After you complete a mission there is a popup which shows you the money and XP you have earned while giving you an option to share you accomplishment on Facebook or to tweet it if you so choose.

The next mission is to take care of a driver who works for another outfit and thinks that he doesn't have to pay the boss' tax to use the port. This is where you the game begins to become more open-ended giving you three choices as you interact with individuals. You can choose to either talk, show your tattoos so they know who you are representing, or fight in order to get your point across. The choices you make will have an impact as you progress through the game and sometimes it is better to use finesse instead of brute force to complete a task. At this point you have no tattoos and look like a regular Joe, so Duff the driver pays you no respect when you ask for his tax.

After your phone rings you are introduced to a map of the game world located in the bottom right corner where you can select a location that you wish to visit. There are a number of locations all of which are still locked except for the Dock and the Residence where you must to get a tattoo to show you are now a member of the boss' organization. After selecting the Residence the new location is loaded where you are presented with the same decent level of graphics, and the Tattoo parlor surrounding by a bank in which you can trade money for energy needed to complete tasks. There are number of tattoo options to choose from that raise your reputation more as the price goes up, for now you can only choose the first option, but as the game progresses you will be able to get more ink to show that you have earned your stripes.

When you return to the dock to meet Duff again you are presented with your first opportunity to fight and show him you are not someone to be messed with. You can either box him or buy knives in which to stab him either way you take him down and get the keys to the truck he was driving, needless to say he will be paying the tax next time he comes to dock.

Opinion

Crime Story is a fun game and game developer Insight is definitely adding quality to the Android gaming market with games like this and My Country. The smooth gameplay and open-ended style do a good job at keeping players interested and I can't wait to see what else the Crime Story has to offer and eventually become a Don myself.

Ratings:

  • Speed (4/5) - Responsive gameplay and the only reason it is not rated a 5 is the occasional lag for loading times in between environments.
  • Features (4/5) - There are many features of the game and the open-ended gameplay is the major one. I would like to see more features added and more free run of the beautiful environments.
  • Overall (4/5) - The overall look and feel of Crime Story is a great and it looks to be a promising game for anyone into the mob genre or fans of open-ended gameplay.

Pros: Clean UI, Open ended gameplay, Adequate Graphics,

Cons: Slow Start,

Conclusion: Crime Story is a great new game for the Android platform with a detailed story line that keeps players engaged.  It is open-ended and a lot of fun to play both on the phone and on the tablet. With good performance and more than adequate visuals, Crime Story is definitely a game I would recommend to anyone looking for a quality game on their Android device.You can download it now in the Android Market by clicking here.

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