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Genre: Action, Movie/TV based :: Players: 1 :: Released: 21/12/07

American Gangster Review

Publisher: Gameloft :: Developer: Gameloft


Game Features


Very faithful mobile adaption of the film
Play as Frank or Richie
Variety of missions and mini games


No save mid level
Graphics could be improved

Save Option
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Review Details
Handset Sony-Ericsson K800i
Time Played 3 hours
Game Progress Mission to find the new dealer of Blue Magic (tailgating)

Anannya Sen’s Review

Review Date: 24/12/07

See, ya are what ya are in this world. That's either one of two things: Either you're somebody, or you ain't nobody.

Well, first I have to point out to Mr Lucas that even though he's not an educated man, that sentence has a double negative at the end which defeats the purpose of the statement. Now that that's out of the way we can get on with the proper business of the mobile game which is based on the hit film. BTW, one final thing, Godfather this ain't, I don't know where the comparisons came from.

And speaking of comparisons I guess with these sort of action gangster games Gameloft have dipped into their staple once more and borrowed heavily from an earlier game, Gangstar: Crime City. This was a pretty decent game at the time, and while graphics have come on some way since, this version of American Gangsters looks reasonably similar. Not that there is a lack of detail or colour, or that the main characters don't look like their celluloid counterparts, just that I thought more could have been done. Sound is decent with some tunes on loading and the screeching of tyres and other sound effects while playing in the game.

Controls are exactly the same as Gangstar, you move around using the stick or pad and you can jack cars using the zero button. There are two driving modes, one which basically lets you rotate the car (which is what most people are used to) and one where the directions move your cars that way. There are mini games too and these are fairly self explanatory so don't worry too much about not being able to figure out how to control things. And the zero button will let you interact with people.

This is a long game. It mirrors the film in that respect and is basically a very very faithful recreation of the key events throughout the entire film. In fact, it's one of the more accurate film recreations on a mobile that I've seen. Of course, this is still a mobile game, and at the end of the day the missions are still about driving around, shooting up people and finding things. But they are varied and you get to use both characters, Denzel's and Russell's. The game differs slightly in each case, Denzel's character, Frank, is all about making money. Therefore there are some missions where you can deal drugs and increase the dealers you have through persuasion (a number following game). This will help you later on as you try and acquire businesses for your family. Steal a cop car and cause havoc and you will get the wanted stars appear just like GTA.

As Russell's character, Richie, you have to try and patrol the city, finding clues and crack down on Lucas' business. You can steal any car you like and intimidate who you want as you have the force of the law behind you. The missions vary in length, some are really short, and the long ones can take a little while (and no save mid mission which is a shame) but they are varied enough to keep you interested. The plot and quotes chug along and the game definitely has that GTA city feel, even though you should get somewhere within a timeframe, you can wander off and explore if you want.

There are a lot of cars to jack and weapons to find / buy and as the day turns into night, the city takes on a life of it's own in the various areas. As Frank, drive to the wrong part of town and you're gonna get shot at, whereas Richie doesn't have anyone to trust. The game is a solid improvement on Gangstar in terms of variety of missions (where were all the street races) and the mini games included, and you defintely get a sense of freedom similar to GTA. However, while a very good adaptation of the film, it never quite pushes the boundary the way we expected it to.