Evil Genius was recommended to me Via by steam, I took a look at it and it got overwhelmingly positive reviews on all fronts, and considering this is a Old PC game from 2004 it dose not disappoint at all. I had quite abit of fun while playing this game early on but problems soon arise later in the mid and end game that made me question things somewhat.
+ Classy 007 feel: If you ever wanted to play a bad guy in a bond film this is perfect for ya
+Build a secret hideout with a volcano and everything: Constructing your secret hideout was loads of fun I leterally spent hours building my base figuring out whats what
+Trophies of Evil: Steal Excaliber, the Million Dollar, Rare Artifacts, the game makes you feel more like a evil genius the more items you collect
+Comedic Cartoonish feel: The game has a very cartoonish feel to it being a satire of the Spy genre, at times I had a big grin on my face from some of the weird antics and slapstick in the game
-No Custom Evil Genius: You get 3 evil genius’s to pick from and that’s it theirs no hidden one or unlockable ones or even a custom made evil genius of your own image, The Evil genius is suppose to be the Players Avatar so why cant we do something with em?
-The Evil Genius Dose….Nothing?: Yeah you figured with you being an Evil Genius and all you could do laods of things, sadly you cant, you only instill loyalty in your minions and increase perception…and laugh evily…..and that’s it, you cant do anything yourself, you don’t help out in any way, you often wonder why your evil genius is there.
-Money Generation is a Pain: Gaining money in this game is kind a Risk and Reward kinda thing, you send minions out to gather money and not even 5 mins later they will be dead and they generate very very little money even if you send your best guys.
-The Forces of Justice are relentless….why have they not bombed your island yet!?: Throughout the game the enmies, the forces of justice, will send various agents to try and either ruin your base or generate heat (Threat), that’s fine and all, but even at 0 heat with all the countires in the world they send COUNTLESS Agents to your base, even the Super Agents, it makes you question why they haven’t send the military out to bomb your base yet.
-Minions are….useless: I understand that Minions are suppose to be braindead loyal bees of your hive, but if an enemy agent is inside your base your minions will not Attack them AT ALL unless you tell them to, even with alarms going off and everything they will never attack an Agent. Ontop of that your minions are VERY needy like SIM Level Needy if they aren’t all having a good time they will just up and leave. Also Only CERTAN Minions will do Certan tasks, AND Your only allowed 100 minions total in the game, and with 13 Minion classes in the game…do some math.
-Traps, Turrets, camera, alarms all useless: You have the Ability to make Traps and Turrets and such to get rid of Pesky enemy agents….but 1 problem. Even if they’re perfectly disguised higher level agents will destroy them, and if you don’t set the trap mechanisims correctly some of your traps wont work, lets not forget your minions may trip them as well. Also Enemy Agents can spot turrets regaurdless if they are disgused or not, Cammera only serve to alert The Player when someone is in the base, and the Alarms don’t do anything they don’t even alert your minons (unless you manually set the conditions to Yellow or Red Alert).
-Tourests are Trolls: Throughout the game high class tourests will vist your island, they only serve to generate heat if they just so happen to stumble apon your secret base, You CAN Build a hotel to occupy them but chances are you wont have the power, money, or minions to keep them working constantly, even then they tend to ignore it.
-Mid and End Game Brutal: Towards the end of the game you will get a swanky new island and such, its bigger then the other island leaving more room for customized building, but theirs a catch: You have to build a base from the Ground up ALL OVER AGAIN, and chances are you'll have only 20 worker minions to build your new base, Added ontop of their SIMs Needs and The Enemy Agents Relentlessly hounding you and BAD Money Generating it'll take FOREVER to rebuild your new base, add to the fact you may loose all your specality Minions for they will leave or get killed, and you'll loose some Rare Loot because the Enemy agents will steal it.
-Bad UI: due to bad menu interface and such you wont even figure out how to manuely save your game
Yeah while I listed a ton of very bad things about it it dose have its charm and such and I did have some fun playing it, and at the price of 10 bucks its not so bad, If you’re a base builder kinda player and wanted to play a villan and don’t mind some old school problems then you will have fun. For others…well lets pray that IF an Evil Genius 2 comes out they fix these problems.