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What's it all about
The goal of the game
Course of the game
Functions of the buildings
A vision in the distant (near?) future:
The war rages in the streets, new gang wars daily. No store is secure from
raids and protection money collectors. Nobody dares to go unarmed on the
streets. Everyday banks are attacked and mail trains are robbed. Even the
heaviest weapons are free available. From the police no help can be
expected, because even the chief constable is open to bribery.
In this maze of crime and corruption four gangsters just now released from
prison fight for the leadership of the underworld. They stop at
In this game you can put yourself in such a gangster's place and try to
seize the power in the underworld. But to reach this goal you have to
commit many crimes.
Besides up to three additional players try exactly the same.
The course of the game mainly consists of running around in a from above
visible town and of entering different houses there. For example, when you
enter a bank, you can either raid it, break the safe or blackmail the owner
of the bank. Or you go to an arms dealer, where you can buy new weapons or
let your men train. So every house has special functions in the game.
For every crime you commit you get one point. With increasing score your
status in the underworld also increases. When you start, you have only the
status "Beginner". But with this status you cannot make a great deal in the
underworld. For example you can't collect protection money with this
status, because you still aren't taken seriously. Therefore your authority
only increases with increasing score. The people have more respect for you,
but also the police get more dangerous. So you must try to scrape through
with little crimes first before you dare to tackle more serious crimes.
Aim of the game is to reach the highest rank, "Boss of the underworld". If
you play the game with several players, the player wins who reaches this
The game can be played either with mouse or with keyboard. At the beginning
of the game you are asked for the desired kind of control.
The most inputs you must make with buttons. This kind of control should be
known from Windows or other programs. But anyway: If you want to select a
button, you have to move the mouse pointer on this and press the left mouse
button. Then you see that the button looks pressed. To execute the button's
function you have to release the mouse button.
You can input numbers with the mouse also. In these cases a keyboard
appears on the screen which keys can be pressed the above described way.
You confirm your input with the key with the green hook.
At the keyboard control you are confronted with buttons too. But here you
select with the cursor keys. Always the button appears pressed which is
just selected. Now you move with the cursor keys from button to button and
select the function with <Enter>.
You make number inputs with the normal number keys of course.
After the start of the game you are asked to enter the maximum score. This
number describes with which score a player will win the game. If you play
with several players, 50 is quite good. For short games 20 points are also
enough of course.
After that you are ordered to enter the number of players. With several
people the game is more fun because of the motivation to be better than the
other players. But of course you can play the game alone particularly since
you don't have to wait for the players.
Then you have to enter your name and the name of your gang. At the
beginning you are alone, but you can sign on gangsters in the course of the
After that you must determine your characteristics. Random numbers from 1
to 99 are shown, which can be stopped by pressing the left mouse button
(mouse control) or any key (keyboard control). The first value is the
strength of the person. This value determines how fast the energy of a
person rebuilds. The energy is important for the fight, but later more. The
second value is the intelligence. This is important for committing crimes.
A person with a low intelligence isn't very suitable for being a pickpocket
for example. The person will be caught more often than one with a high
intelligence. Also persons with low intelligence can't be equipped with
complicated weapons. The last value is the brutality. This value is
important for the weapons equipment too. To serve for example a machine-gun
in an unscrupulous way the person should have a high brutality. But you can
let all these three values train at the arms dealer.
Hint: If "your" intelligence should be very low at the beginning you could
try to let it train, because otherwise you won't succeed in many
At last your starting capital is viewed which has been defined
After every player has made this inputs, the game begins:
The players play one after another. At the beginning of each turn important
messages are shown sometimes, for example that you haven't paid your rent
or that you still sit in prison.
If you were so successful in the last month that your prestige has
considerably risen, you are informed here also.
Then a big menu appears in which you can select the following actions:
Here you can look up all information about you and your gang. For example
you get your current status and your score, information about your car,
credits, rents, etc.
On the next page you get an overview of your men. You see with which
weapons the men are equipped and which values they have. (E = Energy, S =
Strength, I = Intelligence, B = Brutality)
In the beginning you see only your own values of course.
Run through town
This is the main part of the game. Every player can select this action only
one time per round. Then the next player is on turn. A from above visible
town appears. Your figure is displayed as a little white man or a blue car,
if you own one already.
You move this figure with the mouse by pressing the direction buttons in
the right part of the screen or by using the cursor keys on the
In this way you can move through any street and in any building. You have
only a limited number of steps available, however. On normal streets for
every step exactly on step is subtracted, on the motorway it is only a half
step. The motorway however has a special lane for every direction, so you
have to drive till the next exit to chance direction. Also the motorway is
only passable with a car of course.
When you enter a house, the number of subtracted steps depends on the time
you stay in there.
By moving with feet you have altogether 25 steps available, but it can
increase up to 46 steps depending on your car. After exhaustion of these
steps your turn is over and the next player gets his chance.
In the top right corner a city map is displayed from which you can gather
your exactly position in town. When you click on the below button, a
selection of the houses in town appears. Here you can select which houses
shall be especially marked. This is quite practically when you want to know
the nearest arms dealer for example.
If you select the help button you are given the possibility to inform
yourself about the actions that can be made in the houses. For this again a
city map appears in which you have to point on the house in that you are
interested. At keyboard control you move the red frame with the cursor keys
on the respective house.
Information about keyboard control: The buttons are accessible with the
So when you go unsuspectingly through the streets, it could happen that a
police check awaits you. If you are unlucky it could be that the cops have
a "wanted" poster of you or that counterfeit money is found at you.
In this case you have two possibilities:
You break away and try to slip away on foot. Here a labyrinth of walls
appears in which you and also four policemen are. These guys try to
encircle you with clever movements and want to arrest you. Here you control
your figure with the cursor keys. Mouse users also have to use them because
a very fast reaction is necessary to escape from them. But this is not
possible with the mouse.
Try to stand 20 seconds, then the policemen will give up. At the first
times you probably won't have a chance here, but instead of giving up
quickly, better train it at the arms dealer. Then you should have more
When the flight succeeds, you can play further in a normal way, but if you
were caught you have no other chance than meeting the policemen in
You will meet the fight very often in the game. For this please read
chapter Gang war first.
If you win the battle, the game goes on in a normal way. But especially in
the beginning you probably won't win very often. Then you are brought to
court and condemned to prison. The length of this imprisonment depends on
your status and is for beginners usually one or two months long. That
means, that you have to miss one or two turns.
When you have a higher status though, you are given the possibility of
taking a lawyer. He can lower the punishment depending on his payment.
Since all policemen (in this game) are open to bribery, you will have the
least problems with this method. As bribe the cops demand an amount of
money that depends on your status. Normally the cops will let you go after
you have given them the money, but sometimes they only take the money and
want to arrest you because of the bribery. In these cases you have to meet
them in battle also.
You will meet these actions very often in the game, because always when
you are caught by the police, you have the choice between escape and
Now to the actual function of the buildings.
At the beginning it would be useful to buy a car, because with a car in
your possession you are able to be longer in town.
Buy a car
This is the easiest and the most harmless method to come into a car. A
selection of three different cars appears, which powers and prices are
displayed beside them.
Each car dealer has a different supply of cars. So for example one only
has small cars and another only medium-range cars. Who has which supply
differs from game to game.
If you have a car already the dealer takes your old in part exchange of
"Organize" a car
This method involves a higher risk than the above one of course. You get a
list of cars that stand in the dealer's car park at the moment. If you are
lucky, you can get hold of powerful cars that you are not able to buy
legally. So if you want to get a real good car you have to steal it.
Further you should see to it that the man you assign as a thief possesses
a quite high intelligence, otherwise he won't be very successful.
Hint: If "you" haven't got a high intelligence in the beginning you should
decide to buy a car first.
Blackmail car dealer
Here you can blackmail the dealer. Of course, you need material to burden
the dealer. Perhaps the bartender in one of the pubs will offer you some.
If you are lucky the dealer is willing to give you money or something other
for the material. But now and then it could be that the dealer isn't
worried about the situation, for example when the photos show him with his
wife instead of his mistress. Tough luck in this cases!
To assert yourself in the underworld you have to arm your men with
suitable weapons. But you can also let the abilities of your men train
Buy a weapon
You get a selection of weapons of different prices and qualities. When
buying a weapon, you should pay attention to a sufficient reach, a good hit
precision and at best also a good effect. Certainly the best weapons are
the machine-gun and the hand- grenades. But not all arms dealers have the
full supply of weapons so you have to search for good weapons a longer
Consider also that the person who shall get the weapon should have a
sufficient intelligence and enough brutality for it. For use of a
machine-gun a certain intelligence must be available namely.
Let people train
If you failed buying a weapon because of the person's lack of intelligence
or brutality, you can let these abilities train in the training camp. The
same can be made also with the strength of the person. Either you let each
ability train individually or you choose a combination training and do it
for all abilities. After that you are asked for the quality of the
training. Level 1 means single, 2 double, etc. After the training the
abilities of the person will be quite better.
A further training you can do is the flight from the police. You train the
escape attempt here with four gangsters who has disguised themselves as
policemen. You should train the flight here sometimes, because in case of
emergency your abilities here decide if you come in prison or not.
In addition to it you can train the race with a little boy who has stolen
a suitcase from you. This is important for kidnapping children. See more in
chapter kidnap a child.
And finally you are given the possibility to train creeping past some
guards. This is important for several actions in the game. Read more about
This is the meeting place of many gangsters. You can sign on men here,
sell stolen goods, get assignments, buy blackmail material and sell
workers to the bartender.
Sell/Buy stolen goods
The stolen goods are car radios from broken cars. You can buy them only in
the station's pub, because the bartender there has a good supplier. Then
you can sell this stuff to the bartenders of the remaining pubs. Of course,
you should try to sell the radios for a lower price than that you have
bought them for.
Further you could try to get rid of the electronic devices that you have
stolen in the department stores or in the residential area.
Sign on gangsters
If you reached the status "Crook" you are given the possibility to sign on
own gangsters for your gang. If an interested gangster is in the pub he
comes to you and you get a short description of the guy. Of course, you
should try to sign on gangsters with high abilities, so that you aren't
forced to let them train. But don't be deceived by the descriptions!
Each gangster demands a certain amount of money, so that he follows you.
When you consider him for suitable, you have to pay this, and he will do
anything you want.
The bartender offers you different things here:
Here the bartender suggests you a legal work in a local business. You
only have to specify for how many months you want to work there. The jobs
are well paid, but for this period you have to miss the turns. So it is
actually only meaningful when you want to make a short break while the
others go on playing.
Here you offer your services as a killer. You get a mission in which you
have to kill a certain person or a group of persons. Sometimes it could
be that the persons are protected by bodyguards. So be careful, otherwise
you'll be the victim. The actual assassination then goes on in the form
of a fight. For this please read chapter gang war
first. After you have successfully completed your mission, you get the
Material for blackmailings
Here the bartender offers you to blackmail a certain person in town. At
first sight this material seems to be very expensive, but the thing is
quite profitable. After you have bought the material, the bartender shows
you, whom you are able to blackmail with it. Then you have to go to this
person and present the material. In most cases the guy will offer you
money or another special deal. This special deal depends on the person
Smuggle a suitcase
The bartender offers you a suitcase that has to be brought abroad. For
this you must go to the airport.
Sell a child
To tell the truth, this method is a little bit lousy. So you only should
choose this if you can reconcile it with your conscience. Here you are
given the possibility to sell a kidnapped child to the bartender as a cheap
Here you can rent a room. Or you just rob the box.
Rent a room
A hotel room is necessary for some important actions in the game. At these
places you will be given the information that you first need a room to
complete the action.
Pay the rent
Here you can pay the rent for your hotel room. Note that the rent is
always paid in advance. But you can specify for how many months you want to
This here depends on your fortune. Either the porter is scared stiff and
hands over the money without resistance or he defends himself with a
machine-gun. If you are even more unlucky it could be that some friends are
on a visit at the moment....
Here is money in abundance. You may have it for the asking! Either you
commit a normal bank raid or you try to break into the safe of the
"normal" bank raid
You force the cashier to hand over the money. But you should note that the
gangster who shall threaten the guy has to be in possession of a suitable
weapon for a bank raid. If you are unlucky the cashier sounds the alarm, so
that you have to fight against the guards.
Break into the safe
You vanish and come back at night. After you have succeeded in getting
into the box, you only have to break the safe.
For that purpose you must try to find out a three-digit number. You use a
stethoscope for this.
The mouse control differs a little bit from the keyboard control.
You turn the safe's first wheel with the keys <up> and
<down>. At every rotation you hear a tone. The right number is
reached when this tone differs a little bit from the other ones. To go to
the next wheel press the key <2>. After you have found out this
number also, you can go to the next by pressing key <3>.
Two buttons at a time are fixed above each number. With one button you
turn the wheel down and with the other up.
The safe opens automatically when the right combination is set. But you
have to hurry, because you only have a short time of about eight seconds
before the siren sounds and the police storm the strongroom.
Hint: Since not the intelligence of the player's character but the one of
the player is important for breaking into the safe, you have here a good
chance of coming into possession of money and points if your character
hasn't got a high intelligence at the beginning.
Blackmail bank chief
You blackmail the chief of the bank with your material. Read more about it
in chapter car dealer and gangster's pub.
At Duds-Dave you can buy high-quality duds or new passports.
The quality of his duds is very high, so you can buy them without
hesitation. Only the police become aware of it sometimes.
You are asked how much money you want to change into counterfeit money.
Duds-Dave then will give you a higher amount of duds back.
Have a new passport made
When you are stopped by a police check, you often have to show your
identity card. Since the police possibly have a criminal file of you, they
could identify you. If you had a new pass the chance of recognition would
be much lower. So at Duds-Dave you are given the possibility of getting a
new one. If you have several gangsters already you can choose either to get
a pass for an individual gangster or for the whole gang. The more people
are equipped with passports the better are the chances of not getting in
trouble with the police.
The town possesses a big underground system that you can use for fast
movement over longer distances. In addition to this the overcrowded
platform presents good opportunities for pickpockets.
Play pickpocket on the platform
If you have several gangsters already you choose the one whom you want to
assign as pickpocket. Of course, you take one with a high intelligence lest
he should go about the stealing clumsily. If he has stolen something useful
the thing is resold immediately and you get the value of the thing in
Play pickpocket in the underground
Here again a gangster goes on tour, with the difference that he does it in
the underground this time. Here he has the advantage that the people stand
more crowded than on the platform, so that the chances of success rise
Go by underground
If you have to go over a long distance you are quick to be on the move for
several turns. By underground you are able to do this quite faster.
You stand in front of a tickets machine on which the town's map is shown.
The underground stations are set off. The other buildings are displayed
also, so that you can orient yourself. At keyboard control move the
sparkling frame with the cursor keys on the station where you want to go
to. At mouse control please click directly on the station.
With increasing number of men the fare increases also of course. But don't
be surprised at the high costs. They are so high because of the many
advantages over the moving by feet or car. At a lower price nobody will go
by these methods then.
This is the headquarters of the police. The arrested gangsters are
billeted here as well.
Free arrested gangster
If you play with several players it happens often that one of them has to
go to prison. Especially in case of a high punishment this isn't very
pleasant to the convict. But you can be gracious and free him. For this you
then could expect a high reward from the arrested. But first you should
inform yourself about the account's balance of the person, because if the
one is broke you aren't able to get anything from him. Of course, you can
make a private arrangement under the motto "you scratch my back and I'll
scratch yours" for example.
Bribe chief constable
This is a useful method if you intend to commit some bigger crimes in the
next time. The chief constable then will instruct his men not to arrest you
if you are caught at a crime. You only have to specify for how many months
you want to bribe the police, and in this period you won't have any
problems with them.
Blackmail chief constable
You blackmail the chief constable with your burdening material. Read more
about it in chapter car dealer and gangster's pub.
This is the main station of town. You can try your luck on the platform
and wait for a mail train there. Or you while away the time as a
Visit station's pub
The station's pub differs not very much from the other pubs in this game.
But the bartender in this pub is the only one who can sell car radios to
Go on the platform
Here you are given the possibility to play pickpocket on the platform or
in a train.
Attack a mail train
In criminal history mail trains always had a great attraction for
gangsters, because here in most cases is a lot of money to get. So in this
If you are lucky a mail train is on the way through town at the moment and
only waits to be attacked.
Before you can get at the loot though, you have to stop the train. For
this you go to the station's container area on which many containers stand
around. To stop the train you must try to push these containers as fast on
the track as possible.
You move your figure with the cursor keys (also at mouse control). Note
that you are only able to push one container at the same time. So you can't
push two containers that stand one behind the other. Also you should hurry
up a bit, because you only have a short time to place enough containers on
the track. To stop the train you need eight containers in best cases and
twelve in worst cases. If you are ready before the time is over or if you
have blocked up your way you can shorten the time with <ESC>. Upon
expiration of time the mail train appears. With every collision with a
container the train is damaged a little bit and becomes slower. If the
train becomes so damaged that it has to stop, immediately several guards
come out of it to defend the train. Now you have to fight against them
before you can set about the loot.
Go by train
In this town there are two stations. Here you can go from one to the
If you have no luck with committing crimes you can try it in a legal
You have the choice between three different games: Black-Jack, poker and
roulette. The games are played automatically. You have no influence on the
course of the game. Merely you are asked to specify the stake and to choose
the gangster who shall play for you. Of course, you should select a very
intelligent gangster. After the game you are told if you have won or if you
have lost. The three games differ in chance and in the height of winnings.
At Black-Jack you win easier as at poker and at poker you win easier as at
roulette. The height of the winnings depends on the chance of course. In
clear, at roulette the chance of winning is lowest, but when you win, then
the winnings are the highest.
Hint: If you have a gangster with a very high intelligence than you should
try a game perhaps. The chances are not all that low.
Blackmail casino owner
You blackmail the owner with your burdening material. Read more about it
in chapter car dealer and gangster's pub.
Either you kidnap a little child here or you steal the grandma's
Kidnap a child
This method is a promising source of income. Because when it's about the
welfare of their children, the most parents will pay the ransom at all
costs. So you choose a child of which you think that it has affluent
parents and try to kidnap it. But here it is possible that you first have
to fight with the father or with other people before you can vanish with
When you succeeded in the kidnapping, you have to choose either to demand
ransom (the common method) or to sell the child in a pub as a cheap worker
(the lousy method). If you have decided to demand ransom you have to select
where it shall be deposited. Wouldn't it be funny to let it be deposited in
front of the police headquarters for example. The policemen would be very
angry about that.
After that you have to specify the height of the ransom. But the higher
this demand the higher is the chance that you will be fooled by the
Then you can try to pick up the ransom in the next time. For this you have
to go to the place that you have determined as delivery place. There you
are told if the delivery succeeds or if you are fooled. For example it may
be that the money lies in the rubbish container as arranged, but that the
child tears itself away from you and runs away with the suitcase. Since you
don't put up with that, you have to try to capture the boy. Here you are
placed in a labyrinth together with the child. You have only a short time
to capture the fugitive. You should train this a few times at the arms
dealer, otherwise in case of emergency you will get bad problems with
Here you are given the possibility to try your luck as a pickpocket on the
playground. Since a lot of affluent grandmas stay there, you will have good
chances of success.
Supermarkets are excellently suitable for collecting protection moneys.
But normal raids will be profitable as well.
This here depends on your authority. If the storekeeper hasn't enough
respect for you he possibly will take up arms himself or he will call over
some friends. Then it looks bad for you of course.
Collect protection money
This is the nightmare of all supermarket owners: the protection moneys.
Here the owner has to pay a certain amount of money lest his store should
Of course, you should possess a higher status before you begin to collect
money. A little gangster possibly won't be taken seriously when doing this.
Also it may be that the owner already has a protector who wouldn't be very
Beg for alms
Only very unsuccessful gangsters should try this. Because for a criminal
it is the biggest shame to beg for money. Also the owners kick those
gangsters out of their stores usually.
This is the harbour of town. You can visit the dockland pub or try to
steal a few containers in the container area.
Visit dockland pub
Here you can sell car radios, sign on men, get assignments or sell
Pocket larceny on the beach
Here you send your men to the beach to steal the clothes and the valuables
of the swimmers.
You go to the port's container area where many containers with valuable
goods stand around. You must try to push as many containers as possible on
the fields before the time is over. The containers standing on the fields
at the end of the time come into your possession. But you have to go
through the exit in time lest you should be caught by the police. If you
have blocked your way you can give up by pressing <ESC>.
If you are completely unsuccessful you are given the possibility to
raise a credit here to get hold of at least a start-up capital.
Raise a credit
If you haven't got any chance of getting hold of money you can borrow up
to 30000 DM here. Typically for a loan shark the interest is veeeeery high,
namely 5% per month! Also the term of the credit is limited to five months,
so if haven't paid the money back in this period the collectors come and
take all money you possess. But if that isn't enough to settle your debts
they seize your car also. If that still isn't enough you have to go to
prison for some months depending on how much money misses.
Here you can specify how much money of your running credit you want to pay
off. Hurry up with this, otherwise the collectors will come.
Buy credit store
If the owner is willing to sell his store you are able to become a loan
shark also. The business is run automatically by the staff, but you receive
the profits at the beginning of the month. You must let the store have a
certain business capital for that it can make profits. The more capital you
make available the higher will the profits be.
Change business capital
If you are owner of the store you can increase or decrease the capital
here. Or if you are in need for money you can help yourself here. But then
the store makes lesser profits of course.
Here you can ask from time to time if a debtor is behind with paying back
his credit. Then you can collect it yourself.
Here you can break into the electronic storehouse or attack a money
Steal electronic devices
You try to break into the department store at night. Several things may
get in your way here, for example guards.
But if you have succeeded you can get down to emptying the storehouse.
Here you have to push the devices on the fields. But you should vanish
before the time is over, otherwise the police will get you. If you want to
give up you can do this with <ESC>. Perhaps the bartender in one of
the pubs will relieve you of the taken devices.
Attack a money transport
To attack the money transport you have to hide in the inside of the
department store first. The only problem is that it is guarded by several
guards in the evening. You have to manage to pass by. For this you are
placed into a labyrinth together with four guards. Your aim is to reach the
door without being noticed by them. Here you have to know that the guards
only patrol on their given route and only look to the front, to left and to
right but not to the back. So you sometimes may run behind a guard to reach
Since this part of the game is very difficult, you should train this a few
times at the arms dealer first.
If you succeeded in getting past the guards you only have to wait for the
money transport. As soon as it arrives at the department store you are
forced to fight against the escorting guards.
Blackmail the department store owner
You blackmail the owner with your burdening material. Read more about it
in chapter car dealer and gangster's pub.
Here you can do several things. You can steal electronic devices,
kidnap children, steal cars or blackmail the owner.
Steal electronic devices
If you succeed in getting into the house without being noticed you can get
down to looting the electronic devices in it. Read more about it in chapter
Kidnap a child
Here you can kidnap one of the children playing in the garden. But be
careful, some dangers lie in wait for you. Read more about it in chapter playground.
Steal a car
You choose one of the luxury cars standing in the car park. Read more
about it in chapter car dealer.
Blackmail the owner
You blackmail the owner with your burdening material. Read more about it
in chapter car dealer and gangster's pub.
In the townhall you can either loot the town's pay office, kidnap an
important state visitor or blackmail the mayor.
Blackmail the mayor
You blackmail the mayor with your burdening material. Read more about it
in chapter car dealer and gangster's pub.
Attack the town's pay office
If you are lucky the cashier offers no resistance. But maybe he defends
himself or he calls over a security service.
Kidnap a state visitor
Should the president of an important industrial nation be in town at the
moment you are given the possibility here to kidnap him. The problem is
that he is protected by several bodyguards. So you first have to try to get
past the guards without being noticed. Read more about this in chapter department store.
If you succeeded in this you are asked to specify the height of the ransom
and where it shall be deposited. To pick it up simply go to the specified
At the airport you can go on holiday or be active in smuggling.
Go on holiday
From time to time every gangster needs holidays to recover from the
strenuous gangster's life.
Here you get a selection of several destinations that differ in the
intensity of recovery. Also you have to specify how many months you want to
go on holiday. For this period then you have to miss the turns.
After the holiday you will notice that the values of your men have
increased considerably. Especially for the energy this is very useful,
because here the restriction to 35 energy points is lifted. That means that
your men can build up very much energy, so that they will be nearly
unbeatable in the next fights.
Since the holidays are especially with several men and for a longer period
very expensive, this is actually only suitable for established gangsters
who are already very successful.
Smuggle a suitcase
If you have got a corresponding assignment in the pub you could try to
smuggle a suitcase through the customs examination here. Read more about it
in chapter department store.
In the terminal area you will meet somebody then who relieves you of the
suitcase and gives you the payment for the assignment.
If you have exhausted all steps the round is over for you. The next player
is allowed to play.
When all players were on turn, the month - the round - is over. Then an
overview is displayed, so that the players can see the current order of
The gang war only works if several players join the game. Here the
players are given the possibility to fight against each other. So if
anyone of them has made a big coup in the last month you could try to
relieve him of the loot again.
The fight is a very important element in the game. It often happens that
you have to fight for example against the police or against other
gangsters. Your performance in this discipline usually decides over your
When you compete in a fight, you see yourself, or your people, on the left
side of the battlefield. Your enemy is located on the right side. In the
bottom area an additional field is displayed in which data about the two
opponents can be read.
The two parties always move by turns. First the left player moves his
figures and then the right.
At the beginning of the fight each man has a certain energy. For every hit
he loses a part of it. When the energy is exhausted, he is disabled and
dropped out of the fight. The energy rebuilds in the course of the game
again and depends on the strength of the person. So if you just had a
serious battle your men are weakened and stand not very much.
Each man can do only one action in one round: He can either move one step
or do a shot, respectively a stroke, in a certain direction.
your turn, a frame appears around your first man. To let him move a step,
click with the mouse in that direction where you want him to go. At
keyboard control use the cursor keys for this. But when the man stands
close enough to an enemy, he could also fire a shot to him.
This depends very much on the weapon with which the gangster is equipped.
The most important thing for a weapon is the reach. Hitting and stabbing
weapons reach only over one field, pistols over several fields and rifles
even wider. So before a shot or a punch you should estimate if the reach is
wide enough to hit the enemy.
Another important characteristic of a weapon is the hit precision. So it
can be that the bullet may fly widely enough, but doesn't hit the aim
anyway. So a machine-gun certainly has a far better hit precision than for
example an ordinary pistol. The last characteristic of a weapon is the
effect of course. It is quite a difference if the enemy is hit from a fist
or an exploding hand grenade.
So, if you have decided to fire a shot or a stroke to the enemy, you have
to move the mouse pointer above your gangster and press the left mouse
button or the <Enter> key (at keyboard control). The frame changes its color
from white to black then. Now you choose the shot's direction in the same
way as if you wanted to move the person. Of course, the enemy has to stand
in a direct line for that he can be hit. Now you see the bullet flying over
If it has reached its aim you will see if it was a hit and which effect the
hit had, therefore how much energy the enemy lost. If the energy is
exhausted the enemy vanishes from the battlefield and you have one problem
After you have moved all your men this way, the enemy is on turn and does
the same with his own people.
The fight lasts as long as all men of one party are finished. Then the
fight ends and you get an overview of the losses.
However, you are given the possibility to give up during the fight by
pressing <ESC> if your enemy is too strong for you. If you know from
the start that you won't have any chance winning the fight you could use
this method. Then your men keep their full energy also.
Hint: If you have several gangsters already you should use a strategy to
have better chances. For example you could use unarmed men as protection
for men with weapons. So the "useless" gangsters are finished first while
the gangsters standing behind are still able to fire. And note the reaches
of the weapons. For example if you are equipped with a machine-gun and your
enemy only with a pistol you should try to keep his distance, so that you
are able to hit him, but he is not able to do this to you.
Since probably no player is willing to miss a round voluntarily, this
method is actually only useful if one of the players is unable at the
moment and the others don't want to wait for him. Normally you won't
need this function.
This is a menu in which you are able to change program options, save
game scores, etc.
Here you can choose whether to hear the noises and the music or not.
Show title graphics
This option determines how often the title graphics of the buildings are
displayed. If you already got the benefit of the graphics you perhaps could
do without looking at them each time you enter a building. Namely on slower
computers this can take a few moments. With "only new" you can determine
that the graphic is only displayed if you enter the house the first time in
Change maximum score
Here you can change the number of points that must be reached to win the
game. Changing the score is sometimes useful if you choose to play a little
bit further or to break up the game faster. Of course, the ranks of the
players are changed correspondingly. For example if you had the status
"crook" already before you increased the maximum score, it may be that you
are rated lower afterwards.
Here you can load a saved game again.
If you play with several players and a high maximum score, a game can
quickly take many hours. Here it is very useful to save the game and play
further the next day.
Delete a player
During a long game maybe one player loses the interest in playing,
although the others still want to play further. Then you could delete him
from the game and play without him.
Crime Fighter information
Here you are told who struggled so hard that you can enjoy yourself
playing such a nice game now.
Here you can change the language of the game. At the moment you can choose
between English and German.
Here you leave the game back into your favourite OS.
This is a short summery of all the actions that you can do in the
blackmail the car dealer
deal with stolen goods
sign on gangsters
rent a room
empty the safe
blackmail the bank owner
buy counterfeit money
get a new passport
go by underground
bribe chief constable
blackmail chief constable
visit the station's pub
attack mail train
blackmail the casino owner
collect protection money
visit the dockland pub
raise a credit
buy credit store
steal electronic devices
attack money transport
blackmail the store owner
steal electronic devices
blackmail the owner
blackmail the mayor
kidnap a state visitor
attack pay office
go on holiday
smuggle a suitcase