Title The Godfather Game Type Shoot-em-up Company U.S. Gold Players 1 HD Installable Yes (With Patch) Compatibility All (With Patch) Submission Adrian Simpson Profiled Reviewer Review The Godfather Part 1 and Part 2 are simply amazing movies (Part 3 is good, but not up to the standard of the first two). They have deep and multi-layered plots. The characters are complex and the films drip with atmosphere. They cover decades and generations of the Corleone family. They also have an excellent score. So, given this opportunity to bring the films to computer screens, what did U.S. Gold decide to do? They had the main character plod along levels and shoot gangsters! Create an adventure game, based on the film? No, that would be too obvious. The game starts promisingly enough, with a picture of Al Pacino, a very talented actor. It launches into an atmospheric intro, which explains the setting of New York and slowly moves down to the street. The intro leads directly into the game, which is a nice touch - the animation ends on the first screen of the game. In the actual game, you proceed to plod along the street, firing your pistol every now and again at gangsters. They appear from doorways, in windows and walking along the street. You can pick health kits up from the dead, in time-honoured tradition. Some skill is involved in avoiding the (strangely slow-moving) bullets, and also not shooting policemen and innocents, such as the mothers with prams. If you shoot too many innocents, then your family will disown you. They may be back-stabbing, murdering thieves, but they do have a mafia honour! Interestingly, the word mafia is never used in the Godfather films - 'family' is used instead. If you happen to die or be disowned, you can see more animation, but otherwise it is a one-way trip to Repetition City. The walking-along-and-shooting gameplay is also very similiar to another uninspiring film licence called Robocop. The Blues Brothers was an example of a great game that is nothing like the film (platform game for a comedy/musical/road-movie?), so The Godfather has no excuse. It could have been so good, but instead it is shallow and repetitive. Therefore, it is nothing at all like the film that it takes its name from.