Version Reviewed: 2.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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It’s kind of rough around the edges, but Mario Italiano Four Families has a certain charm to it once you get the hang of it. It’s a card battling game at heart, with you controlling a mob family as they attempt to take out the opposition and rule Capitol City.
With a heavy focus on cartoon style visuals, Mario Italiano Four Families looks quite appealing but that’s to the detriment of its navigation. At times, it’s awkward to see where to scroll down to and a text heavy tutorial means you feel like you’ve just been thrown in the deep end. Stick with it though, and it’s quite fun. You can build up your crew, work together with friends to exchange cards and loot, and watch as you go from lowly heavy to ruler of, well, everything.
Mario Italiano Four Families is a bit stingy with energy distribution, meaning you can’t always battle enemies as often as you like, but a kind of single player off-shoot side of things means you should always find something to do. Just don’t expect it to be as intuitive as you’d like. It’ll come together in the end, though.