Kingpin is a tale of revenge. Take control of a street gang and order your recruits to attack, defend or even do a little safe-cracking to pick up some needed cash. Use that cash to buy nastier weapons and take down your punk enemies in this intense first-person shooter. Being the Kingpin is half attitude and all action.
User reviews: Very Positive (95 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 1, 1999

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Kingpin is a tale of revenge. Take control of a street gang and order your recruits to attack, defend or even do a little safe-cracking to pick up some needed cash. Use that cash to buy nastier weapons and take down your punk enemies in this intense first-person shooter. Being the Kingpin is half attitude and all action.
Start your own gang and recruit right from the streets. If a new gang member turns out to be a punk, blast him and make room for new ones. Move up in the world, but watch out for the Kingpin; eventually you're going to have to take him on.
Somewhere in a past that never crossed paths with the future lies the world of the Kingpin. Burned out buildings and urban decay are the landscape. Local gangs roam the streets, protecting their turf and scoping out opportunities.
Some of the features include
  • 16-player multiplayer action via LAN or Internet
  • Location-specific damage — shoot a snitch in the kneecaps or snuff out a rival with a head-shot

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor:233 Mhz
    • Memory: 64 MB
    • Graphics: OpenGL
    • DirectX®: 7
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB
    • Sound: DirectSound
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
The most intelligently written game I have ever played! ♥♥♥♥/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
This is the game, where, considering your high skill, you can easily kill tons of brutal thugs with shotguns, tommy guns and other serious stuff, but you might be killed by the only one rat on the level simply by standing on it and having low hp.

1hp_per_second/10 . Would stand on the rat again.


P.S. To be serious, this is truly a good game. If you have the chance to buy it - don't avoid it, it's totally worth its money. Great atmosphere, appropriate-criminal music, good voice acting, and, of course zippy swearing (oh, and by the way, all the gore-lovers would enjoy the dismemberment).

Unfortunately, this game doesn't support the steam overlay. Speaking about resolution issues, here is a guide, describing how to run the game with the 1920x1080 resolution without cracking any .exe files http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=170642945 (credit goes to its author, IT'S NOT ME)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
A game that I played and enjoyed back in '99, and bought again to re-live old times.

I love the sort-of dystopian-steampunk setting, and you can press a key to say nasty things to pretty much any character you encounter. Weapon variety is fair at best, however each can attach multiple mods purchased throughout. Also features Cypress Hill.

A pretty good game, worth a try.
8/10
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60 of 66 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
Kingpin: Life of Crime is really interesting, what starts off as a tough as nails, slow paced, atmospheric first person experience which hates you quickly turns into an all out guns blazing fast paced action game that hates you even more. This is far tougher than the average 90's FPS game and will require luck, strategy and a skillfull approach to progress through it's big, open, levels.

The gameplay is varied, you can approach combat situations in different ways, going slowly and picking off enemies one by one or go in guns blazing like a typical FPS game from the 90's but don't expect to live for too long that way, the best approach is to use a mixture of the two.

The level design is somewhat reminscent of Quake 2's with non-linear layouts and multi-levelled structures that overlook area's of the map you're soon to visit or have already, mixed with some Half-Life's design choices. The levels are extremely well thought out and designed with not only looks but gameplay in mind and similar to that of Quake and Doom require you to look around for keys or items needed to progress and does not hold your hand and pull you through the map. The combat situations are often tough and leave you to overcome disadvantages which adds to the difficulty in a good way.

The AI is insane, the enemy will shoot you with almost instant, deadly accuracy as soon as you poke your nose around a corner which will frustrate a lot of people but I was able to overcome this by outsmarting the enemy in many ways such as luring them around corners and into your commandable gang members line of sight who will then mow the enemies down with the same ferocity the enemy AI shows towards to you which is really fun to watch. The AI is far from perfect, but in my opinion is WAY better and more interesting than what we see in modern shooters today, instead of artificially/dumbly taking cover behind barrels,walls and other forms of cover which makes them sitting ducks and actually easier to pick off, will run around, retreat then hide somewhere on the map, jump down from higher levels, climb ladders and attempt to out maneuver you which sometimes works to their success.

The visuals are amazing and take full advantange of the Quake 2 engine, with great lighting effects and detailed environments, there is literally nothing wrong with them but 50$ says this gets the bland, soulless HD remake along the line. The sound effects and voice acting are good, the weapons sound deadly and the AI has tons of classic lines, many including the 'f' word multiple times.

Overall this game really impressed me through-out, took around 8-9 hours of tough gameplay to complete, I wasn't able to finish this as a child due to it's crushing learning curve but if you stick around you'll experience a time when gaming was at it's peak but BE WARNED, a lot of patience is required!
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52 of 58 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
Let us get one thing straight - this ain't Quake. Punishingly difficult to begin with, Kingpin is a deep, dark, and atmospheric shooter with RPG elements that stands the test of time. The voice acting is great, the script is full of unnecessary swears, and the game makes you fight for every kill you make.
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