Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch 2nd Generation
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Mafia Rush is a mafia-themed dual-stick shooter. The game is relatively simple and isn't TOO innovative, but it does offer varied gameplay. Players assume the role of a mafia gangster who’s out to loot and cause trouble. The main goals of the game are to steal bags of money, to protect the money, and then to not die.
The controls are standard for a dual-stick shooter. The left side of the screen controls movement and the right side controls the direction of fire. The default weapon is a pistol with unlimited ammo that fires at about one shot per second.The game has 5 different levels, with 4 modes each. There is also a hideout that has an in-game store and a view of player stats.
Each level is divided into four different modes: Robbery, Defend, Attack, and Survival. Robbery entails looting a bank of multiple bags of money, which is nicely followed up by a Defend level where players defend the bags of money. In Attack levels the goal is find C4 to blowup a money truck. Finally, in Survival, players have to survive many waves of enemies. Scattered throughout the levels are pickups like secondary weapons and health. All the levels look similar, but there are a few unique visual features in every level.
Money can be used to buy additional weapons in the store. There are many guns to choose from, such as the iconic Tommy Gun. Other armaments include a flamethrower, dynamite, land mines, and a rocket launcher. There are multiple types of enemies throughout the game. There are enemies with knives and various guns, as well as vicious attack dogs, to name a few. In addition to being awarded money, players also gain experience points. Upon leveling up, the player can choose to upgrade agility, speed, or health.
Mafia Rush provides a nice variety with four different modes, but from level to level the main change is a slight increase in difficultly. Players who expect something new each level will be left disappointed, but dual-stick shooter fans should definitely consider trying it out.