Overkill Mafia Review

Overkill Mafia Review

May 21, 2014

Overkill Mafia brings Chicago gangland to Android devices in a slick way. It is all about building a booze-based kingdom in the Prohibition-era Midwest.

First, the noire-comic style is easy on the eyes, with purposeful stills and sombre colors making up most of the visual feast. The game does a decent job of walking one through the gameplay: purchasing a weapon, upgrading its attributes and getting a little acquainted with the store. Then, its on to the action, and it gets poppin’ pretty fast.

It is an arcade shooter that is reflected in first person perspective; it sorta feels like those old-school circus pea shooters with targets sliding in from the side. The leveled gameplay is explained a bit better by the first stage, which is broken into 20 parts. It’s set into a bar that needs to be taken over — violently — and defending ok1hoodlums start sliding in at different levels. And yes, they are shooting.

To combat this, there is a sliding sighting mechanism at the bottom left, and a shooting button at the buttom right. Using both in conjunction allows one to dispatch the enemies, which move at different speeds and duck. Of course, getting rid of them accurately is of importance, as there are only so many hits a player can sustain before dying and failing the level. There are special bonuses that can be acquired by shooting, but, as to be expected, going for them when being fired upon is a tough decision. There is a reload button, which can be tweaked with cash, and it plays a part in the gameplay, as longer load times mean one can be shot at without returning fire.

As waves are beaten and levels are cleared, more environments and weapons are unlocked. The environments are familiar yet creative… distilleries, city streets, airports and the like.

The game incorporates quests and XP, so there are many angles to explore. The in-app store is full of upgrades, equipment and even clothes that tie into the gameplay.

All in all, I think the contexts could use a bit more streamlining; also, the upgrades are expansive, and mostly logical, but sometimes feel over-involved in some aspects.

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Overkill Mafia Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - Gritty looks that combine comics and dark sounds.
Controls - Simple and fairly easy and intuitive.
Gameplay - Simple, but touches on several pleasing elements.
Replay Value - Very addictive.
Overall - Fun game overall, simple staging and great elements.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

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