Mob Strategy - The Takeover Game

Mob Strategy

The Takeover Game

NBC At Home Entertainment/Hasbro - 1969
2 Players


Mob Strategy is a chess variation based on the mobs of the "Gangster Era". Instead of the traditional Kings, Queens, Pawns and the like, the pieces in this game represent the Boss, his Hoods, Punks and a pair of Chauffeur Driven Cars. The object of the game is to "rub out" the opposing player's Boss or to "take over" the opposing gang's "warehouse".

As in Chess, the pieces in Mob Strategy are limited in how they can move. The Boss can only move one square horizontally or vertically. Punks are also limited to moving only one square but they can do so in any direction. Hoods can move any number of squares but only diagonally and Cars can move any number of squares but only horizontally or vertically. A Car can move onto the Boss at which point the Boss can "ride" in the Car and move with it (using the Car's movement rules).

Whenever a piece belonging to one player lands on a square occupied by a piece belonging to another player the second piece is "bumped off" and removed from the board. Pieces cannot move through each other and no piece can occupy the same space as another piece (except for a Boss riding a Car).

Players alternate moving pieces until one player either 1) bumps off the other's Boss or 2) lands on the other player's warehouse (a specific square on the board). That player is the winner.


Mob Strategy is a somewhat interesting Chess variant but does not seem to be quite as interesting as some others. The small number of pieces (and types of pieces) limits the number of strategies that can be used. Still, the atmosphere of the game is good and it would make a good quick game.

9 comments on Mob Strategy:

Phillie at July 5, 2013 14:04 said:
Hi-I have the game-but no instruction/How to play sheet.
Can someone email me a copy?
Thanks! at August 19, 2012 15:47 said:
I have a Mob Strategy game for sale. Mint condition
Pam at April 24, 2010 18:01 said:
Hi.. Don't know if someone tried to reach me for this Mob Strategy game (in excellent condition) but I can't seem to get into that email account. Write to me at if you are interested. Thanks, pam
Pam at February 28, 2010 11:25 said:
I have a Mob Strategy game, if someone is interested. All parts and directions are in it. Contact me at
Mary at December 2, 2009 11:14 said:
I have a Mob Strategy game if you're interested, contact me at
Diane at April 28, 2009 11:58 said:
we have a mob strategy game that we have never played...anyone want it?
roger at March 6, 2009 07:01 said:
Sadly, they don't bring very much on the secondary market. Pity, as I had a lot of fun growing up playing both Vegas and Mob Strategy.
nancy at December 14, 2007 11:57 said:
I am looking to purchase a mob strategy game. where can I buy one?
travis at November 1, 2007 12:30 said:
Can any one tell me how much these games are worth still in the plastic never opened, i have this one and the world of wall street. please reply to

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