Empire of Sin is a strategy game set in the times of Prohibition. The game was developed by Romero Games studio and the main designer was John Romero, one of the fathers of the early Doom series.
The action of the game takes place in the 1920s, in the city of Chicago. The player takes on the role of the boss of a small criminal organization and his goal is to transform it into a powerful mafia and take control of the entire crime world of the metropolis.
In Empire of Sin, players start with a small gang, dealing with e.g. trade union extortion, gambling or illegal alcohol trade.
With time, the organization grows. Players will be taking over other gangs' territories and expanding criminal activity into new businesses. Virtual Chicago is inhabited by many vivid characters and the player has a lot of freedom to interact with them, including seduction, bribery, intimidation or, ultimately, murder. During the game players also have to give bribes to policemen, make and break alliances and trade on the black market.
Although one's business is criminal, it is still a business. Players must therefore balance their expenses and revenues properly so that their organisation does not lose liquidity.
The gameplay is not limited to the economic side. The management of a criminal empire is enriched with turn-based battles, during which players take command of a team of trusted subordinates. Ggangsters have different personalities and specializations, so one has to make sure that they work well together.
Empire of Sin was developed exclusively for solo play. The authors have not provided any option for multiplayer mode.
Most of the time players watch the events from the top-down perspective. The game offers nice three-dimensional visuals, which well reflects the atmosphere of the Prohibition era.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Pentium G4600 3.6 GHz / AMD A10-7700K 3.4 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 750 Ti / 1 GB Radeon HD 5850 or better, 6 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 555 / Radeon HD 6790 or better, 6 GB HDD, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit