Everybody wants to rule the world! Achieve global power with EVIL GENIUS, the one and only complete world domination simulator. All the everyday tasks of the deliciously wicked mastermind are available to experience and master from building your ultra-secret base to developing spectacular super-weapons to carry out your nefarious master...
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (583 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 28, 2004

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Everybody wants to rule the world! Achieve global power with EVIL GENIUS, the one and only complete world domination simulator. All the everyday tasks of the deliciously wicked mastermind are available to experience and master from building your ultra-secret base to developing spectacular super-weapons to carry out your nefarious master plan. How evil are you?

  • Choose from 3 notorious Evil Genius characters to serve as your icon and represent you in your quest for power.
  • Create the ultimate doomsday device and use it to achieve total global domination.
  • Create your lair with over 300 items including kung fu academies, rocket caverns, and laboratories.
  • Use ingenious traps and wicked 'interrogation' devices to toy with and dispatch obnoxious overdressed government agents.
  • Manage your minions as you train them in treacherous trades such as experimental research programs, heavy weapons usage, and international sabotage.
  • Recruit dastardly henchmen to patrol your base, take out your enemies, and undertake outrageous missions to increase your power and notoriety.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista
    • Processor: Pentium® III 800MHz processor
    • Memory: 128MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce2 16Mb or equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 1.4 GB of free hard drive space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible sound card
    • DirectX9®: DirectX 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
51 of 62 people (82%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Love this game, I seriously hope they bring out a new version but I think it is unlikly.
Posted: June 25
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Excelent base biulder! You spend a lot of time in a funny, with a lot of 70's spy-movies cliches and cheesy villains!

You're going to laugh and also spend a LOT of time trying to control de whole world!
Posted: June 24
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39 of 49 people (80%) found this review helpful
182.5 hrs on record
How is it no one has made a convincing successor to this game yet?
Posted: May 18
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
I bought this game after savign for a month back when I was 14. At teh time Rome total war I had coem out and this game. I was hyped for rome and decided to get this, though still provides me with so much pleasure and love I came back when I saved another month's earning. I went into fry's and found it. IT was half off for some reason and I bought a bag of candy for the occasion. Coming home I installed it and played it for hours. One of the most enjoyable experiences, so much fun. It's a game that the developers made for laughs, and by thor's hammer it does. One of the last true screw around games that was half decent. I love it, I played hours without steam and played acouple with steam. And after writing this review more then likely going to be playing it. Fun, energetic, and puzzling, Evil genius' will get yoru brain pumping in some spots and laughign as you execute your prisoners, minions and tourists.
Posted: August 17
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
This game could have been very, very good. It has a very unique, well-presented concept : you get to play as a James Bond villain, complete with the stupid minions, eight-feet tall bodyguards and shark-filled traps. The art and concept teams did a great job, creating very interesting characters and buildings that makes you want to unlock everything and to find out what the game has to offer.

The one problem this game has is its pace, and it's, sadly, a crippling issue. No matter how well optimized your base is, you will spend most of the game waiting endlessly for minions to be recruited, trained and outfitted so you can attempt missions. Those "missions" only require you to have the right number of henchmen, to click on a button and to wait (and hope) until the mission succeeds or fails. That's it. You don't get to do anything else, you don't get to command your soldiers as they attempt to steal a german satellite or whatever you sent them out to do. Clicking "Start mission" and waiting. That's all there is to this game besides base building and it's a little underwhelming.

Then again, it would all work perfectly if you did not have to wait for dozens of minutes for your henchmen to be recruited and trained for missions. The worst part is that you always have to choose between waiting less or playing efficiently : recruiting minions faster costs money, so if you want to use your money carefully (and you will), you need to wait even longer. Same goes for your missions : you need to send henchmen away from your base so they can steal money... which makes your missions' progress even slower, because the henchmen you're using to steal money can't go on missions. There is no way to increase the game's speed either. It's like the developers really wanted the player to choose between waiting for long, unproductive minutes or to use his hard-earned funds to actually keep playing the game. It's not rewarding at all and makes the whole game feel like a grind.

I have played about twenty hours because every once in a while, I tried giving the game another chance, reinstalled it and started another playthrough, only to get tired of it at the same point, after five or six hours, every time. It's just so terribly slow, so full of waiting and almost devoid of actual gameplay besides the base building that is also very, very slow once you spent your initial funds (because earning money in this game is also very slow and difficult). To me, Evil Genius will always be the game that could have been, and that never will be.
Posted: September 28
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114 of 120 people (95%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
One of the greatest base builders ever made. Still fantastic and totally playable to this day. Atmospherically this captures the feel of the 60s bond movies perfectly and who doesn't want to build their own evil volcano lair, I ask you!
Posted: April 23
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