Big City Mafia is a free-action mobile game developed by Grand Game. In Big City Mafia, you’ll play the role of Tony, a young unemployed individual whose friend has just got out of jail. Now, you and your recently released friend will have to find a way to make money. Fortunately, the city has a lot of opportunities for an ex-convict and his friend, but they might not strictly all be legal.
This isn’t an incredibly good game; there’s no getting around that. However, luckily there are numerous alternatives within the genre that are much more entertaining to play and better designed. One of these alternatives is Car Theft Real Gangster Squad: City Russian Mafia. Another good alternative is Go To Downtown Street by Black Birds Games.
GTA carbon copy
We’ve reviewed mobile games before that have had gameplay or graphical qualities similar to early Grand Theft Auto 3D Universe games, but Big City Mafia feels more like a poor mobile port of GTA San Andreas. The game’s promotional content is almost identical to Rockstar’s promotional content for San Andreas, and even the locations within the game feel eerily familiar if you’ve spent a great deal of time playing GTA San Andreas.
Some of the assets in the game even look like carbon copies of what you’d find on the open waters of Los Santos and docked in the Bayside marina.
Graphics and performance
The mobile port of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas was built for a different era of mobile gaming. In the years after its release, mobile gaming has become vastly more impressive and demanding on higher-end hardware. Big City Mafia seems to represent a regression in the quality of mobile gaming.
The game doesn’t have the smoothest graphics, despite having very little detail and no assets that seem to require massive processing power. Big City Mafia looks like a beta version of a mobile game and doesn’t draw you in with impressive visuals or exciting-looking gameplay.
As far as the game’s storyline goes, there’s not much to write about. There are better free alternatives with far deeper and more interesting plots. Despite the poor quality, the game does give you access to 40 different car models, 10 boats, and various ATVs and motorcycles -- more than most alternatives. You’ll also be able to equip 15 different types of weapons and interact with a few locations, such as auto shops, banks, and weapon retailers. Other than that, the game is relatively light on exciting gameplay.
Overall, we’d have to say that Big City Mafia is far from the most impressive free alternative to GTA-style gameplay, even though the game seems to emulate GTA’s environments and assets quite heavily.
This isn’t the game for anyone looking for action or a deep storyline. If you just want to drive around and fire weapons, you might enjoy it.