Mafia Wars Introduces New ‘My Mafia’ Features

It started with the New York properties page. It looks like rather than make Mafia Wars 2 and risk splitting their player base, Zynga is going to upgrade their existing title one section at a time. Eventually, will the entire game be flash-based and have a more refined user interface, to compete with games like Gangster City and Mobsters 2? My guess is yes, absolutely.

Anyway, about the new My Mafia interface. It’s easy to not even notice it’s there… I didn’t. You have to scroll down to the bottom of the Mafia Wars front page. The entire thing is flash-based, meaning it animates nicely and includes lots of little moving elements that are tough to communicate in screenshots.

New features include the ability to sort your mafia by a variety of criteria. This is much more handy than it might seem to be, at first. You can sort your mafia according to who needs help on missions. So with one click, the new My Mafia bar surfaces all your friends looking for help. With a few more clicks, you can help them all. Slick. You can do the same for friends that need energy packs.

You can also search for someone specific by name, or view low-level or new players, if you want to send them some goodies to give them a leg-up.

All-in-all, a great upgrade. I never used to pay much attention to sending gifts or helping friends with missions, because it was simply too time consuming to sort through everything. This new My Mafia interface makes the process a snap. Hopefully this is a sign of more Mafia Wars improvements to come.



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  1. February 26th, 2010