Mafia Wars Expands to the iPhone

It’s time to break out the big guns on your iPhone. Social game developer Zynga is bringing Mafia Wars to the iTunes App Store. Now, folks who play the strategy game on Facebook and MySpace can now delve into the virtual underworld of organized crime wherever they happen to be.

Designed to take advantage of the iPhone, the new mobile Mafia Wars boasts “rich, high-quality graphics,” animations and sound. Players build up their Mafia families with cash, health, energy and stamina while defending their turf with a variety of defense and attack items.

Players can track the progress of others through a ranking ladder and real-time news feed.

The game works on the iPhone on EDGE, 3G or Wi-Fi networks and also plays on the iPod touch with Wi-Fi.

Zynga offers the basic game for free. A variety of premium versions, ranging from $10-$40, will be available soon. In the meantime, check out the demo video below.