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  • genre strategy / simulation / managerial
  • download size 233 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 160 user ratings.
  • release date December 1, 1998
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Hothouse Creations / Square Enix
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual
  • soundtrack

What's cool about it:

  • Run illegal businesses: extort, intimidate, bribe, and ruthlessly whack the opposition.
  • Become a Godfather and control every aspect of a 1920's-era mob "family".
  • Break the law and taunt the system or go legit and get elected Mayor!


Become a made man as you vie for power in a Chicago-like town during the prohibition era. Gangsters is the strategy game where crime pays--and with dividends! You can don the knuckle dusters and “persuade” the local business owners to pay you for “protection” services. You can get your hands even more dirty and navigate in the cutthroat world of politics. Or simply go for the throat as you order your wiseguys to execute your enemies in the streets and show the city who’s “da boss”. Gangsters gives you all the power you need to get things done.

Played in a vast city filled with over 5,000 individual characters, Gangsters feature real-time action in a highly detailed isometric terrain. The game sports an easy-to use strategy planning interface, to authentically recreate the seedy, violent, and ruthless world of gangland mobsters. Remember, real power is never given, it’s taken!

ATI/AMD compatibility notice: Gangsters: Organized Crime requires graphic card drivers version 13.4 or older.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.


All user reviews:

User reviews:

A Mobster Strategy Game With Great Depth

Posted on 2012-09-13 07:41:29 bycw8's avatarcw8:

When I first played it with my boxed copy back in 1999, I was pretty intimidated by the game's complexity, but I played on and was rewarded with a pretty deep strategy game in the unique mobster setting. You start off with your own HQ, some territory and some of your goons and via the weekly orders interface you plan your course of action: buying new territory, extorting businesses,read more recruiting new mobsters and even lawyers, ordering your men around to explore the city, defend your territory or engage the other gangs. Your hoods have skill levels and different stats attached to them, so you need to observe who you recruit to your gang and what jobs you assign them. You can setup illegal businesses behind legal "Fronts" which are a great source of money. See an enemy gang property, send your mob to bomb them skyhigh. Eventually, like any successful gang, you get rich and powerful, and then you start buying cars and vehicles for your thugs so they don't have to travel on foot, you buy new, better guns like the Tommy Gun for them so they can mow down enemy gangsters better and that's also when you bribe and employ corrupt police although the FBI will still be on your tail if you're not careful.
Apparently there are 3 ways to win the game (go straight, become the mayor or wipe the other gangs off), but I've only tried the one that's the most fun: wipe the enemy gangs off. I had a lengthy war of attrition with the gangs before I even got close to the enemy HQs, and I had to get rich, real rich, have a huge gang, equip all of them with great guns and vehicles and then storm the enemy HQ with most of my thugs. Casualities will still run high storming an enemy HQ so do be careful.
This game became one of my most memorable games ever because of its gameplay, allowing me to roleplay as the "Godfather" and general satisfaction of successfully becoming powerful and hence I can easily recommend this to anyone who loves strategy games and are patient enough to get past the steep learning curve at the start.

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I just wanted to be a godfather....

Posted on 2012-09-13 06:27:48 byEarthless's avatarEarthless:

I remember this game very well, hours upon hours played and I never got past the first mission. I read the manual countless times till I could get a grip on the gameplay and when I did there was a hidden gem there. A very difficult game and not for the faint of heart but was rewarding when a drive by was executed perfectly or a enemies distillery was blown up and those weren't easyread more feats. If you wanted a simple rts of the moblife look elsewhere, if you wanted a aneurysm this is for you.

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Posted on 2012-09-13 06:41:47 byRavenvolf's avatarRavenvolf:

I loved this game back in the day. It is pretty hard if you take your time. You have to move quickly and get as many recruits collecting money and do as much work as soon as possible otherwise it runs away from you.
The interface is a bit clunky but it is a very good game. Very happy that I will be able to play it again.

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