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Gangsters: Organized Crime
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Developer(s) Hothouse Creations Ltd.
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Series Gangsters
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) NA 1998-11-30
Genre(s) Strategy
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Teen
USK: 12+
Media CD-ROM
System requirements 166 MHz CPU, 32 MB RAM, 2 MB video card RAM, 2X CD-ROM drive, DirectX 5.0, 120 MB available hard disk space, Windows 95
Input methods Keyboard, Mouse

Gangsters: Organized Crime (1998) is a strategy game by Eidos Interactive. It is set in the fictional Chicago suburb of New Temperance in the Prohibition era.


Platinum Edition

It includes the Update 4 patch, Acrobat Reader 4.05, and a separate CD containing demos of Thief Gold, Thief 2, Tomb Raider 3, Tomb Raider 4.

Manual is distributed only in PDF format.

Game play

Gangsters is played by alternating between turn-based and real time gameplay. At the beginning you give orders to the gangsters (or 'hoods') under your control, which are then played out in front of you during the real-time aspect of the game (the working week).

To have any chance of winning the game, you must begin expanding your territory by giving your hoods the order to extort businesses into paying protection money to you every week (which must be collected). You will also have to begin recruiting more hoods for your gang as soon as possible by giving your hoods the recruit order. Additional hoods can be recruited from gyms, pool halls, caf├ęs, the docks and the unemployment office.

The hoods have many different attributes such as intelligence, fists, knives, etc. which make them suitable for different missions. A hood with high knife skill and low fists skill may inadvertently kill someone he was merely sent to beat up, for instance. Hoods can be promoted to lieutenant, which gives them the ability to lead teams of hoods. It is also possible to hire a lawyer and an accountant. There are different automobiles and weapons that can be purchased to aid in carrying out missions.

This game was followed up by Gangsters 2: Vendetta.



There are several ways to win the game:

  • Go straight (easiest)
  • Get elected mayor
  • Remain as the only crime organization
  • Destroy all rival gangs (hardest)

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