Mafia Wars is a multiplayer browser game available on Facebook, MySpace, Sonico, Yahoo!, and the iPhone, and currently has almost 26 million active subscribers. It won the 2009 Webby Award People's Voice Winner in the Games category.
The game revolves around doing and mastering jobs to earn cash and experience, with the goal of establishing and advancing one's criminal empire.?Players create mafias by recruiting players and using reward points to hire extra mafia members. Social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Friendster allow players to recruit from friends to build their mafia and fight against other players.?Players can also improve their stats by visiting the Godfather.
Gameplay revolves around timers: players have limited energy (for doing jobs), and health and stamina meters (for fighting other players), in a manner similar to an RPG game, ?which slowly recharges over time. With the help of other mafia members that have been recruited, players can eventually fight other players, which may or may not result in the theft of cash, "icing", or "death" of the other player.
The game operates on a?level up?basis. The player earns experience points by completing jobs. Players who manage to complete special tasks (for example, winning fights against bigger mafias or winning fifteen fights in a row) are labeled as having accomplished an "achievement", resulting in a bonus for the player. As they level up, more jobs and features become available, such as the ability to visit Cuba to expand their criminal empire.
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