In Brief: Sep. 27, 1999

PLAYING GODFATHER Being an upstanding citizen is honorable but dull. And it won't get you very far in Mob Rule, a new world-building game from Simon & Schuster Interactive ($40). Players create corrupt 1930s towns full of gambling dens, slaughterhouses and peep shows. When you're not bribing the police or hiring gangsters, you must keep your tenants happy with new restaurants and more subway stops. Who knew a thug's life was so complicated?

EASY CELL You're dying to become a cellphone hipster but are stymied by all the different handsets and calling plans. Now perplexed would-be purchasers of cell phones can...

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