The game is loosely based on all three block-buster films, with five levels taking the story from 1940s New York to a small US town in the 1980s. Along the way you have to wipe out an opposing family's hoods in a 1950s Las Vegas, infiltrate Hyman Roth's mansion in Havana and fight your way onto an opponent's luxurious in Miami. Five families are involved in a struggle for the control of organized crime.
Stages offer some unique style of gameplay back then. The street stages, found somewhere in New York/Las Vegas/Miami Marina etc, are classic side-scrolling action adventure/shooter in which you walk through the streets and shooting thugs either coming towards you or other leaning out of the windows, appearing behind shop doors or trying to drop bricks on your head. There are also incoming vehicles packed with criminals and shoot at you in the old-style mafia way (the co-driver is shooting with Tommy Gun etc). Eat too many bullets and you'll face a grave situation. As long as you progress, you need to find certain objects (even by climbing up unsteady fire escapes) in order to be able to proceed to the next screens (sub-stages). Be noted that there are several innocent people walking at the streets, and each time you accidentally shoot them, the "family disgrace" meter (!) lowers until you end-up with a game-over for wiping out humble civilians too. At the end of each of the 5 street-stages, there is a pseudo 3D shooting galore gameplay, in which you find yourself in a bar or in a mansion were you have to wipe out enemies who appear from behind handy bits of scenic camouflage (the bar, furniture etc). Brilliant graphics here! Well the game really reminds me Lost Patrol (Ocean) in terms of graphics quality and gameplay!
Ok, this is a great arcade-style run and gun game with plenty of action (although a bit slow I believe) and hard at times gameplay. Its name and its great visuals made this old-style shooter a brilliant title, and really worth to play with at least with the Amiga version (the Atari ST version, although looking good, is totally frustrating in terms of gameplay, as too much slowdowns and terrible scrolling due to hardware limitations). And I will not talk about disk swapping in both versions (6 disks!).
The background graphics are truly excellent and convey each decade and location brilliantly. The Amiga version offers the default 32 colors on screen. The different locations are superb and the atmosphere has been harnessed perfectly! Sprites are all well designed and beautifully animated and there is plenty of parallax scrolling and the screens even pan upwards/downwards too! Well, as a drawback though is stage scrolling, which slows annoyingly when there is plenty happening on-screen. Even on the mighty Amiga hardware there are some scrolling glitches, and I believe that it takes Amiga custom chips to its limits, probably due to the use of all 8 default hardware sprites plus a lot of software sprites too (just note that there are even background ambient animated scenes i.e. cars, trains, boats passing etc during gameplay). I cannot even enough mention here for the Atari ST version playability glitches: it sucks, and makes the game almost unplayable especially in the street-stages were too many sprites and scenes occur at once.
The sound is great too. The Amiga version offers a handful of digitized sound effects and nicely composed old-style music during gameplay. And the introductory tune is even better!