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Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect is the first of a six part series following a mafia family known as the Gallos. This particular entry is told through the eyes of the Gallo children, who range from the ages of 6-15, as they become involved in the shady dealings of the family business.


The story begins with the sudden death of the family matriarch, and subsequently spins out of control when her two sons, Gerald and Xander, are put on the defensive, as former partners threaten to take over their collective business ventures for themselves.

Crime Opera is a tale of loyalty and deceit, murder and survival, and both the strength and frailty of familial bonds. This particular novel serves as a prologue to a much longer saga, following the Gallos from childhood to old age as they are pitted against the outside forces of the mafia world, and eventually, each other as well.


This installment of the saga is divided into four parts (=24 chapters total).

Rated Teen for language, and descriptions of adult situations and violence.

(This page is currently under construction, as the we transition from the old free versions (Mafiosi) to the new commercial brand (Crime Opera).

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Mafiosi is now Crime Opera! Grab the old free version while you can!

It's been a long time coming, but today I am revealing the new brand for this series. I've been promising it for a long time, and I've been through many artists and musicians on the journey to making this dream a reality, but it's finally here!

Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect is an upgraded version of Mafiosi 1 is every way. The scripts has been edited and expanded upon, there are additional endings that shed more light upon the characters and world (you can either read it as a kinetic novel, or with multiple routes, it's your choice), and there are a few additional features added in such as a gallery for CGs.

Character artist JT has pretty much completed all the characters and is just making the last few extra expressions as we speak. Background artist Gaio Nguyen has just one more background to complete for the demo, which will feature the first chapter of the novel. Musician Solo Acapello has completed the soundtrack, and is hard at work mixing and mastering the volume levels. Lastly, Valhalla was commissioned for the GUI system (for the entire trilogy, which he has completed) and it looks and plays phenomenally. We also have the great JBonesy working to help market and promote the work and to guide me with the kickstarter stuff.

The game has also been upgraded to HD, so you'll be getting the full effect of just how gorgeous the art really is! I couldn't be prouder of this team and what they've accomplished these past few months, and I am in the midst of finalizing the demo in preparation for the launch of our kickstarter campaign (set for this Fall season). You can expect more updates as I tinker with this profile and add new previews and images over the coming weeks.

This has been an ambitious effort, and I have to call on fans of the original works to help support these improved versions. It is my goal to complete all 6 Crime Opera stories for the commercial market in the next few years with this stellar team. But I need your help to get the word out so we can achieve our financial goals to continue this labour of love.

As a final note, if you're new to the series, you can still go download the original free versions for a limited time while they're available. I'll be taking them down in the coming weeks as the transition is finalized.

Thanks so much to old fans and new. We hope you come to love this new work as much as we do!
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  • 24 of 24 episodes complete
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  • 04/02/2013 07:19 PM
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24 Episodes, this game must be really big. Downloading!
Well, to put it into a novel perspective, it's just a tad longer than Lord of the Flies. Hope you enjoy!
Happy two year anniversary to me!
Anyway, the correct translation is: "Mafiosi, le loro cose" ("cosa" is singular "a think")
Well, everyone, welcome to the newly transitioned Crime Opera page!

I have completed uploads of all the major characters, and you can read their bios in the Character section up top. Please note that the Credits section has also been updated with information about Crime Opera Studios, the team behind this version of the visual novel.

We appreciate all the support from fans old and new, and ask you to please subscribe to see all the cool new stuff we post over the next while as we prepare for our Kickstarter campaign.
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