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The King of Chicago

DOS - 1988

Also available on: Mac - Amiga - Sharp X68000

Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1988)
United Kingdom (1989)
France, Germany, United Kingdom (1991)
Genre Adventure
Theme Crime, Interwar
Publisher Mindscape, Inc., Mirror Image, Mirrorsoft Ltd.
Developer Master Designer Software, Inc.
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Supported on 0.61 (works best on 0.60)
4 / 5 - 9 votes

Description of The King of Chicago

King of Chicago is one of Cinemaware's best-loved games, and for good reason: it oozes a ton of atmosphere, and is simply a blast to play. Set in the roaring twenties, you play Pinky, a two-bit hood with million dollar dreams. When Al Capone is jailed, a power vacuum is created in Chicago, and you are just the man to fill it, or so you think.

First you need a gang; why not the one you are in already? Well, because the "Old Man" is still in charge. If you wait for him to die, prohibition will end and its "curtains" for Pinky and all the other gangsters. Time to act. But do you try to persuade him or scare him off, or just bump him off? Should you act alone or gather some allies in the gang? These sorts of decisions are followed by scenes where you must carry out your plans.

Even the best laid plans can go awry if you hesitate, say the wrong thing or fail to get off a clean shot. Once in charge you will want to expand your territory. Sometimes corrupt politicians can deliver but elections don't come cheap. You must lean on your speakeasies and bootleggers for the cash to pay your thugs (and keep your demanding and none to faithful "main squeeze" happy). And when talk and money fail, well there's always guns and bombs.

This is definitely one of the best gangster games ever made, although the emphasis on arcade elements (some of which are very difficult) may turn some off. Recommended!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Brad 2023-12-24 0 point

No longer available on steam

Francis Nitti 2023-03-25 1 point

... But the cupboard was bare...

Josh 2020-02-02 0 point

This takes place back home

arf 2016-02-26 -1 point DOS version

I believe that there was a follow up version to this EGA version back in 89...the VGA graphic 256 colors one, where can I find it? Any clue. Thx in advance.

1GreatScott 2011-08-29 1 point DOS version

Loyalty is a commodity that is best when well rewarded.

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