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Tommy Angelo was an ordinary taxi driver trying to make a living on the streets of Lost Heaven until one day an unexpected meeting changed his life forever. Two men jump into his cab, telling him to drive as fast as he can. Bullets begin to hit the cab, and a car with armed pursuers gets closer. Barely escaping a violent death, Tommy obeys the instructions of the two men and delivers them to a bar of their choice.

Impressed with his driving skills, the men pay him and offer him a job in the mafia. The next day, while Tommy is taking a coffee break, his cab is smashed by two rival gangsters. After this, he recalls the proposition from yesterday, and, without much hesitation, joins the Salieri family, making his first steps on the path of organized crime. While performing missions for Salieri, Tommy gradually begins to regret his choice. However, it turns out that joining the mafia was much easier than leaving it.

Mafia is an action and driving game set in the 1930s in Lost Heaven, a fictional city in the USA modeled after New York and Chicago of the Prohibition Era. Similar to GTA games, it consists of free-roaming (driving or on foot) in a large city, completing missions to advance the narrative. The missions often include driving to various locations, car chases, and one race; however, most of them are structured like fairly large and long third-person shooter levels.

The player will have the chance to drive over sixty vehicles that are reminiscent of the 1930's period. Each car handles it differently, with various degrees of damage. It is possible to smash windows, destroy bumpers, lights, and mirrors, dent the car, shoot out the tires, or shoot the tires so much that they fall off. To add to the realism, if the car's gas tank gets punctured, gas will slowly leak out until the car totally empties. There are gas stations scattered throughout the city, allowing the player to refuel. With these vehicles, the player is able to explore twelve square miles of the city, visiting areas such as Central Island, Chinatown, and the Downtown district.

Complementing the vehicles is an array of weapons, such as pistols, tommy guns, shotguns, explosives, baseball bats, and crowbars. While driving a car, Tommy can perform a drive-by, sticking his hand out the window and firing. Trying to impede him is the police force; they will act on anything suspicious. If they see Tommy carrying a weapon, they will attempt to arrest him. Going over the speed limit, running red lights, crashing into buildings, cars, or objects will result in fines.

Tommy is often given new cars to use during the missions, usually provided by Ralph, the mechanic of the Salieri family. The player can also save hijacked cars in the backyard of the bar belonging to Salieri. Weapons can be acquired at the beginning of a mission by Vincenzo, the local arms dealer.


Mafia Windows In the beginning of the game, you are a regular taxi driver. Due to low powered cars in the 1930's, going up hills can be a chore.  Just look at my speed!
Mafia Windows Yo, dude... Whaaaat up. We all just chillin' in this quiet neighborhood... right?
Mafia Windows Interactive train ride! I use this time to hit on a stylish Asian lady!..
Mafia Windows Vincenzo is the gun man; I can get anything I need from him

Promo Images

Mafia Concept Art
Mafia Screenshot
Mafia Magazine Advertisement
Mafia Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "四海兄弟:失落的天堂" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Мафия" -- Russian spelling
  • "מאפיה" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven" -- Promotional title
  • "Mafia: La Cosa Nostra" -- Working title

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User Reviews

You can't feel sorry for these animals! PlayStation 2 Horny-Bullant (59)
So good I would join the Mafia to get it! Capisci?! Windows Unicorn Lynx (181446)
One of the most revolutionary games of all time Windows Clark Gable (92)
Almost Perfect. Xbox Tiroloco (24)
One of my all-time favorite games. Windows kbmb (435)
A good story, and great fun, if a bit short Windows Dave Schenet (138)
A stunning but flawed action title. Windows Sycada (191)
Ha ha! Game over, DORK! Windows Alex Man (32)
Excellent game, its got it all. Windows ThE oNe (184)

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex Windows 2002 95 out of 100 95 Windows Nov 07, 2002 93.5 out of 100 94
IGN Windows Aug 29, 2002 9.2 out of 10 92 Windows Sep 13, 2002 9 out of 10 90 Windows Sep 06, 2002 86 out of 100 86
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep 30, 2002 86 out of 100 86 Windows Sep 05, 2002 17 out of 20 85
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Oct 07, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Armchair Empire, The Windows Oct 02, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Worth Playing Xbox Mar 30, 2004 7 out of 10 70


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References to heavy metal?! 1 Simoneer (37)
Sep 12, 2010
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven 7 vedder (57223)
Sep 01, 2010


1001 Video Games

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

German version

The German version of Mafia has been censored. There is no blood when running over or attacking people. Also, pedestrians cannot be killed, they just lie down on the ground and take cover. Interestingly enough, the in-game cutscenes still have all the blood effects.


The game features a fictional luxury car called the Phaeton. Two years after the game's release, Volkswagen has released a new luxury car also called the Phaeton. Coincidence?


  • One mission has you entering a hotel named "Hotel Coreleone". Coreleone is the famous family name from the The GodFather movies.
  • Another mission has you stealing cigars from a box labeled "Scorsese Import/Export". Scorsese is in reference to the film director Martin Scorsese, who has directed many mob movies, including GoodFellas and Casino.
  • The names of the opponents during the car-race are taken from actual people, mostly frontmen of heavy metal bands, like Mark "Barney" Greenway from Napalm Death, Chris Barnes from Cannibal Corpse or Kirk Windstein from Crowbar.
  • The museum at the end of the game is a detailed clone of the "Kunsthistorisches Museum" in Vienna, Austria. Illusion Softworks, the Czech-based company who developed the game, obviously chose the building as an inspiration for the level.

Voice acting

In the German version of the game, Mogens von Gadow voices Paulie. Von Gadow is the German voice of actor Joe Pesci who performed in Scorsese's mob movies Goodfellas and Casino.


  • 4Players
    • 2002– Best PC Action Game of the Year
    • 2002– Best PC Action Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2002– #6 Best PC Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) – Best Music of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 13, 2003 - Best Game in 2002 (Readers' Vote)
    • February 13, 2003 - Best Action Game in 2002 (Readers' Vote)
    • February 13, 2003 - Most Innovative Game in 2002 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 11/2005 - #4 Game Which Absolutely Needs A Sequel (it eventually got in in 2010)
Information also contributed by Daniel Saner, Gargaj, Indra was here, Lumpi, Wizo and Zack Green

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