Ever wish you could be the crime kingpin of your own real world neighborhood? Turf Wars is a crime game that uses your iPhone’s GPS to let you lay virtual claim to real world places. The more you travel, the more turf you can take over. The game uses Google Maps to let you secure your turf and also lets you see the already occupied areas that are controlled by other wannabe Godfathers.
“One of the things that makes me excited about Turf Wars is the fact that it’s one of the first games in a very brand new genre,” says Nick Baicoianu, CEO of MeanFreePath LLC. “There’s probably like two or three other games on the smartphone market that work in a GPS-centered methodology. [But Turf Wars is] one of the only games I’ve seen where you’re capturing real live turf.”
Want a piece of those other players’ turf? You can attack and take it from them, but those older, more entrenched gangsters won’t be easy to take down, and you’re gonna have to chip away at their territories little by little. The money you earn from taking over more territory and from doing missions that range from simple muggings to hustling grandmas with timeshares will enable you to buy weapons and hire guards for your turf. But guards cost a bundle, so you have to get out there and go on the offensive. You gotta hustle.
Turf Wars also lets you strengthen your influence by inviting other players near you into your mob. For instance, if Vinny the Rat controls Midtown, then having him on your side might not be a bad idea… for now. You can always up your influence and take that old man’s territory from him later.
Turf Wars is free to download, but for those Scarfaces out there who want the world and don’t want to have to wait for it, you can pay real money to get upgrades and earn new territory immediately. But the coolest thing is, instead of playing a crime game where you take over a fictionalized city, in Turf Wars you actually take over real places, and every other gangster who looks at that territory map will be able to see it. But if you want the Upper West Side, that belongs to Bareknuckle Jon, so fuggetaboutit.