‘Omerta: City Of Gangsters’ Is Like A Crime-Filled ‘The Sims’ With ‘XCOM’-Style Combat [Review]


Shoot up that pawn shop, boss.
Shoot up that pawn shop, boss.
Omerta: City of Gangsters by Kalypso Games
Category: Mac OS X Games
Works With: Mac OS X 10.7 and up
Price: $39.99

I don’t want to wax too rhapsodic about a gangster game, but Omerta: City of Gangsters has what it takes to keep me engaged for an afternoon of beer and liquor smuggling, along with mafia-style combat justice along the way. The music is delightfully consistent with the period, and the hand-painted interstitial artwork is simply gorgeous.

An omertá is a code of silence, typically associated with the Mafia, that focuses on non-cooperation with the police and non-interference with the activities of others, especially when illegal. Luckily, we don’t have to be too quiet about this enjoyable romp through 1920s America, developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Studios, the folks behind similar games like Tropico 4.