Mafia Wars is one of Zynga’s oldest games, and it’s also one of the most complex – so complex in fact, that it can be easy to become overwhelmed when you’re first starting in the game, or even if you just take a break of a week or two! We’re here to help, though, as whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just starting out with a mob family of your own, we’ve got a helpful set of tips, tricks, strategies and other goodies that are sure to make you to the top Don in no time.
Here are some things you need to keep in mind to find success early on in the game:
- It’s smart to choose one basic strategy or skill set as you begin the game. Will you be a fighter or a thief, or will you make your money by completing jobs? Depending on your choice, you’ll be able to assign your skill points differently as you level up. With each new level, you receive 5 skill points. If you want to be a fighter or spend your time robbing other players’ properties, you should assign those skill points to stamina or your overall health, whereas someone focused on jobs should assign their skill points to their energy level.
- The larger your mafia, the stronger you are! The number of mafia family members you have isn’t just a bragging right – it allows the game to automatically assign weapons, defensive items, vehicles, and now animals to each and every member of your family (that is, if you have enough items in your inventory to outfit them all), and they virtually come into battle with you, helping you win.
- As a low level player, the amount of mafia members you have is more important than the amount of Attack points you have, so focus on energy or stamina instead of attack in these early portions. This is due to the above fact, that mafia members are assigned weapons when you battle, with one mafia member bring roughly equivalent to 6 attack points.
- Health is a fairly unimportant stat in the game. Even if you wish to be a fighter or a robber, and even if you have a low amount of attack or defense, so long as you have the money to continually heal yourself at the hospital, you can always keep going, stamina permitting. That being the case, spend those points in stamina if you think you’ll be fighting a lot, rather than on health points.
- If you ever become overwhelmed with how to assign your skill points, it’s always a great idea to place them into energy, as completing the game’s many jobs will be the best way to level up, collect items for collections (which sometimes reward attack and defense points themselves), and become a stronger player by default. That is, a player with 1000 energy points can more easily progress in the game, even with low attack stats, than a player with only 250 energy points, as the latter player will take much longer to level up.
- As you gain more family members in your mafia, remember to assign them to different “top” positions in your family, like Mastermind, Bodyguard and so on. You can add six members to your Top Mafia, and in doing so, you’ll earn permanent, instant upgrades to the amount of cash you earn in jobs, reductions in the amount of energy necessary to complete jobs, and other upgrades.
- Always remember to frequently check these positions – remember, your friends who actively play the game are leveling up just as you are, and the most appropriate person for the job may change over time. By checking back frequently, you can make the most of these bonuses!
- While you may be tempted to use Energy Packs the second you receive them, always make sure to use as many of your current Energy points as possible before activating the energy pack. In this way, you don’t waste the energy you already had. Likewise, make sure to assign any skill points you may have on hand to your energy total before using the pack – every point of energy you have before using the pack increases the bonus points you receive when you do finally use it.
- It can also be tempting to purchase tons of items right at the beginning of the game, just because weapons look cool or you think you need them. Don’t give into that temptation! Only purchase the items that you actually need to unlock jobs, as you’ll gain plenty of items as loot from jobs, and can save your money for properties or property upgrades, as well as the items that you do actually need to purchase to advance in the story.
Once you’ve become comfortable with the gameplay, here are some more things to keep in mind:
- In Mafia Wars Bangkok, if you want to stay on the good side of both the Triad and the Yakuza, alternate which family you side your loyalty with each time you are given the choice. For the first loyalty mission in a mastery tier, pick the Yakuza and master that step completely. For the second loyalty mission in that same mastery tier, pick the Triad (or vice versa – it’s your choice). In this way, the two factions will stay practically even in terms of their suspicion or trust of you.
- Once you start purchasing properties, you’ll need to find some way to remember to come back and collect your profits and items from them. Since very few people have the time or memories to come back to the game once every hour, find a rhythm in the real world that gives you a chance to check. Perhaps check once in the morning before you leave for work or school, or check once when you get off of work or before you go to bed. Make it a routine, and you’ll be much more likely to maximize your profits from your properties.
- Always remember to update your wishlist with new items that you need. Towards the middle of Mafia Wars New York, you’ll find yourself in need of tons of one-time-use consumable items. Add them to your wishlist so that your higher level friends, who will have stopped needed these items dozens of levels ago can pass them along to you.
- Always remember to put all of your available money in the bank before you quit playing the game. While you are away, real world players can and will attack you, especially if you are a lower level player with equally low stats. Putting your money in the bank secures that it can’t be taken by these attackers.
- If you don’t have many friends that play the game, save your Godfather Points for mafia family upgrades. These allow your mafia to grow in size by adding “fake” members to your family. You can’t customize these members or add them as your Top Mafia members, but they do help when going into battle.
- While you might want to show off your high title to other players in the game, if you are a big fighter in the game, it can be smart to change your title to the first title you receive in the game – Street Thug. In this way, if (more likely “when”) you are put on the hitlist for attacking or robbing someone, lower level players may think they can attack you due to your low title, but you’ll actually win the fight with your high stats.
And there you have it! Believe us, there is a lot more we could say about Mafia Wars, as the game has so much content that it would be near impossible to comprise a complete walkthrough of the game. That being said, we hope the above tips and tricks are enough to help you get started, or to give you something to think about the next time you play the game.
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