Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven features high quality, fully animated graphics and highly-interactive, user-friendly interface. A notable feature of the game is its use of open source software. The most prominent example is the in-game browser that allows the players to browse through files and play missions from different platforms, such as Mac, Linux and Windows. In addition to this, many Mafia games feature a comprehensive system of minor offenses, which can result in points being accumulated and converted into unlockable content, such as weapons and vehicles for purchase. These minor offenses are tracked via an easily visible, color-coded chart that displays their level of severity, providing easy reference for future gameplay.
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven is designed for both casual and hardcore gamers, with an emphasis on adventure and story-line rather than violence and combat. However, despite its mature themes, the game manages to retain a light-hearted feel throughout, even during its more serious moments. The overall graphics and audio add to the overall appeal of the game, along with well thought out user interface elements, a 'click-your-trusty-mouse' interface that makes navigation and game features easier to learn and use. For fans of Mafia games, the game provides a solid base for progression and repeatability, as well as an improved user experience. For those looking to enjoy Mafia games with superior graphics and sound, as well as improved gameplay, the remade version of Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven is definitely worth checking out.