That’s right, folks. Universal Studios has teamed up with Fuse Powered and HotHead Games to bring the roughest gangster movie to iOS. Spend some time in Tony Montana’s shoes as you rough up snitches, sabotage businesses and collect protection money.
This game is part life-simulation, part time management and part adventure. Players must develop a neighborhood for themselves by building and upgrading businesses, hotels and mansions. Additionally, to earn the cash needed to life the life that Tony has come to enjoy, players complete missions like bribing cops or collect payments.
At first glance, this game seems like little more than a way for the developers to make money on in-app purchases, but it’s so much more. Yes, there are various in-app purchases and yes, you do run out of money, power and “product” pretty fast, but if you take your time, you can play this game without needing to spend real money. The only thing that players can’t get more of with a little time is product (it looks like a brick of cocaine). Product is only used to speed things like construction and upgrades, so it is not necessary to purchase them when you run out.
Tony’s missions cost power, and sometimes cash if he has to hire thugs or buy guns. Power replenishes as the game is being played so once you’ve run out, just sit tight for a few minutes and the power will regenerate slowly.
There are plenty of Scarface references for fans of the game. Players can unlock locations such as South Beach, the Club District and Tony’s mansion. There are audio clips taken straight from Scarface and you can even download the movie from iTunes from within the app.
One thing I don’t like about this game is that it doesn’t run in the background so that, whenever you open it, a big ad appears. Even if your screen just locks for power saving, the app has to restart and another big ad appears. But since the game is free, this annoyance is overlookable. One thing missing from the in-app purchase section is the ability to remove ads. I’d pay for that.
What I liked: Being that I’m a huge fan of Scarface, I really liked all of the movie references. I also enjoy the missions. They are fun and have the same feel as the movie.
What I didn’t like: I really don’t like the in-app purchase mechanism of this game. I know it is a great way for developers to make money, and it allows for players to decide how much they want to spend on a game, but I’d rather just pay five dollars and have a game that didn’t need in-app purchasing.
To buy or not to buy: This game is free and anyone who likes the movie Scarface will get a kick out of this app. Fans of life-simulation games will also have fun building Tony’s town for him. Be aware that there is some cussing and violence in this game.
- App Name: Scarface
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Fuse Power
- Price: Free