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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Robbing Spree

The original article can be found on the Official Mafia Wars Blog.
Below, you will be able to learn more about the new Robbing Spree feature in the game. Enjoy!

A rich neighborhood is every robber's dream.You are the perfect person for the job. Rob houses and make a run for it. Be cunning or you could get caught.
Are you up for the challenge?
Learn more about Robbing Spree
 Q: How do I play Robbing Spree?
Robbing Spree is a time limited game where you rob the houses in a Block, looking for awesome loot while trying to evade getting caught. You get caught when you trigger 3 Alarms for a Block.
You need 10 Knob Wrenches to enter a block and start the game. Mouse over a House and:

  - Click on the "Peek" button and spend Knob Wrenches to see what lies inside the House
  - Click on the "Rob" button and use Stamina to rob the House

You can take a chance and either Rob the House blind or Peek inside to make sure there are no alarms. A house can have up to two alarms and a Block may have multiple houses with Alarms.

Triggering three alarms will end your robbing spree, and cause you to lose your haul.

If you're satisfied with your haul, and you don’t want to risk losing it by triggering alarms, click on the "Grab Haul" button. Your game will end, and you'll ensure that your haul is safe.

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Q: Is there a minimum level requirement to play this feature?
Yes, a player needs to be at least on Level 15 to be able to play this feature.

Q: Do I require any parts to play this feature?
Yes, you would require Knob Wrench to play this feature. You need 10 Knob Wrenches to enter a Block and 3 of them for each Peek.

Q: How can I get Knob Wrenches?
: You can obtain the part - Knob Wrench through various modes which include Requests, Feeds, Jobs and buying the parts using Reward Points. Below are the details:

Requests: You can get 20 Knob Wrenches by accepting Requests from your friends. Once you have accepted 20 requests in a day, the excess Knob Wrenches lying in your request box will be converted to Blue Mystery bags.

Feed Posts: You can post a feed every 2 hours and get a maximum of 5 Knob Wrenches per feed when your friends click on it. You can earn up to a total of 20 Knob Wrenches per day. Please note that once you have collected 20 items from your feed posts in a day, you will still be able to post the feeds but will not receive the parts until the daily limit timer resets. The daily limit timers reset at 00:00 AM PST.

For example: If you posted consecutive feeds from 6:00 AM to 02:00 PM Pacific Time and collected 5 parts from each of them (5x4 Feed posts = 20 Parts), you will reach the daily limit. You will not receive parts any further till Midnight (Pacific Time) of the same day (as the daily limit timer resets at Midnight Pacific Time).

By clicking on your friends’ Feed posts: You can earn up to 5 Knob Wrenches per day by clicking on the feed posts published by your friends.

Jobs: You can get up to 5 Knob Wrenches per day as loot drops while doing jobs.

Q: Is this a time limited feature?
Yes, the event will last for 10 days starting July 18th 2012. Knob Wrenches can be collected through requests, feeds and jobs only during the first 7 days of the event (till July 24th).

Q: How many houses will be available in a block to rob?
There will be 25 houses available in a block to rob. Please note that your Stamina will be consumed when you perform robbing.

Q: Which items can I receive by robbing?
You can receive the following items from the rob blocks:

Knob Wrenches:  Use this to Peek, start a new game, or enter a new block.

Half Skill Points:  Find the other half before you click on "Grab Haul" to get 1 full Skill Point. Please note that you need to collect the other half part of skill point from the same Block. Once you click on “Grab Haul”, all the items from that particular Block will be collected and you will start all over again.

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Energy/Stamina Refill:  Refills 5% of your maximum Energy/Stamina.

City Cash:  London Pounds to help you master the city of London.

Boosts:  3 Absinthe, 3 Jukebox, 3 Vampire Batting and 3 Ruthless

Items:  There are special items which you can Rob:

Falkland Islands Wolf

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Gooey Choco
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Lights Out
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You can Rob the same item again (in the same Block) to increase the level of mastery.

Below are the different levels of Mastery:

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Q: What is an Alarm?
A: When you Rob a house, it is possible that you trigger any one of the following alarms, please make use of Peek option to see what’s inside a house before you rob it.

Alarm:  Triggers a single alarm.

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2x Alarm:  Triggers two alarms.

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As soon as you activate an Alarm, the alarm counter on the top of the game window will be activated. If you activate 3 alarms, you will lose your Robbing Spree and your haul from that block.

Alarm Status:

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Q: How do I use the Peek option?
The Peek option allows you to see what lies inside a house. Use it to detect alarms inside the house and evade them. Using “Peek” costs you 3 Knob Wrenches

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If you happen to detect an Alarm, do not click on Rob. Doing so will activate the alarm.

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If you discover an Alarm after using the Peek option, proceed to the next house without clicking on Rob.

Q: Is there a limit on the number of blocks I can Rob or the number of times I can use Peek?
There is no limit on the number of blocks you can Rob or number of times you can use the Peek option, as long as you have enough parts (Knob Wrenches) in your account.

Q: Will I receive the loot as soon as I Rob?
No, the items will not be credited to your inventory unless you collect the loot using “Grab Haul” button for every Block. Please remember that activating 3 Alarms in a Block will end the game and you will not be able to collect from that particular Block.

Q: How is the item mastery calculated? Will I get one of each Mastery item when I grab my haul?
If you are able to Rob an item more than once in the same Block, the mastery stats of that item will increase.

You’ll only receive one item with the maximum mastery level achieved:
For example: If you are able to Rob 5 Lights Out on the same block, you will receive the Emerald Level Lights Out and rest all Lights Out items (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Ruby) will be greyed out as shown below:

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After you click on Grab Haul, the item(s) will be added to your inventory and a confirmation message will be displayed:

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We welcome your feedback on this feature via this very quick survey and hope that you continue to enjoy Mafia Wars.
-The Mafia Wars Team


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

There is a HORRIBLE bug with this promotion. I had peeked at all the spaces except for about 3. Only good items could have been in the 3 - or else there would be "half items" on the board in other places. Nope! Bug! I got two alarms instead of the half item that should have been there to make a complete "other item"

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