As the iTunes' App Store has absolute centralism in what type of application content you are able to have on your iPhone it has a strong filter for new ideas and really lends itself to trends. The text based iPhone MMO RPG craze has been a major station on the App Store, especially with the constant promotional updates and sale of specialized cheat points. Before this hype begins to subside each company present is working at double speed to replicate the themes that their competitors have come up with, except in their own marginally different design. Miraphonic hit pay dirt with Epic Pet Wars, which took the classic formula used in the text based iPhone MMO RPG world and added a colorful creature raising element. What we ended up with in Epic Pet Wars was an incredibly in depth game that took a while to get started, but once it did remained a major player in the digital marketplace. They followed that up much later with Epic Soldier Wars and maintained their commitment to a very complete, yet surprisingly organized, game design. In has been only recently that they have branched out past their two flagships into a theme that has defined this genre before it even jumped from social networking sites to the iPhone. Epic Crime Wars is the new organized crime themed text based iPhone MMO RPG from Miraphonic and it will give iMob Online and iMafia III a run for their stolen money.
Right from the start Epic Crime Wars continues Miraphonic's trend toward depth and diversity. You are given the option to link to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, which is a big question because your news feeds will then be populated with your progress in Epic Crime Wars. The options you have for gangster type, which determines the inherent skill your character will have, is more in depth than any similar title and there are even ones you have to unlock later in gameplay.
Once inside Epic Crime Wars you are going to see a familiar set up to all the rest of the text based iPhone RPGs as the basic structure between all of them are similar. You will perform different criminal Jobs as your level, Gang size, and equipment allows. You will gain experience and money from these Jobs, and you will Put that money in Investments to see a return. This is where your main source of money will come from as you begin pulling away from constant engagement with Jobs.
What really sets Epic Crime Wars apart from similarly themed titles is the amount of items you can customize your character with. At the Black Market you can purchase everything from Sabotage items that affect other players to weapons to Backgrounds for your interface. All of these things are regulated by your level, which means that you are going to have to plan your Epic Crime Wars leveling strategy carefully to get the items you want.
Epic Crime Wars requires you to add other players to your Gang in a way that is similar to games from The Godfather and Storm8. This means that you are given a Epic Crime Wars Gang Code that you share with everyone else. This Epic Crime Wars Gang Code can the be entered in the Grow Gang section when another player gets it, and you can keep the look out for Epic Crime Wars Gang Codes to enter into your own account. It pays to go ahead and build up your Epic Crime Wars Gang as much as possible so be prolific when spreading around your Epic Crime Wars Gang Codes.
The cheat code system is still in place in the form of Epic Crime Wars Notoriety Points. These Epic Crime Wars Notoriety Points are used to buy things inside Epic Crime Wars that would normally require you to wait or work for. These Epic Crime Wars Notoriety Points can then be purchased at the iTunes' App Store for actual money and then imported into your account. Expect free Epic Crime Wars Notoriety Points to be made available for promotional purposes in the near future.
With Epic Crime Wars Miraphonic continues to stand on the top of the text based iPhone MMO RPG development, and it may maintain this position until the end of this fad. Even with the excellence in design it is likely that playership will not grow in excess as the most popular titles are still those that have been with us since the beginning of the genre, like iMob Online and the iMafia series. Ignore this fact and try to build the Gangs as much as possible.
Five out of five stars.