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...
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Very Positive (21 reviews) - 85% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,130 reviews) - 95% of the 1,130 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
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Very Positive (21 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,130 reviews)
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Chuck
( 23.4 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 28
Probably the best 2$ I have ever spent.

The game definitely has some issues, but the experience at it's core is fantastic and well worth it's low price.
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Fluffy Daemon
( 75.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Good, old classic that let's you be the villain for once.
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Kevyson
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I Can Say One Thing For Sure... Only Cool People Play This Game.
This Game Is Really Really Fun Even When James Bond Himself Walks Into Your Base And Kills You Still Fun, When Rambo Starts Killing Everyone Heading Right To You Still Fun, When It's The Year 2216 The Game Will Still Be Fun... Buy This Game.
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Barbarossa Bey
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Started tutorial.. tutorial is bugged and and first impression was unacceptable.

Refund.
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jcxiii
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I believe the game is unbalanced. Even on easy setting with Google on my side I regularly get slaughtered. Aside from that gameplay is waaaaayyy too slow. I regret spending 23 hours of my life on hoping this would get fun someday....
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sum_stupid_punk
( 63.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
First off, this game is fun but the in game tutorial is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t and doesn't explain anywhere near enough.

Also, the length of time required to do Anything is ridiculous. Honestly its damn infuriating sometimes.

Oh yeah, and the random arrivals of enemy agents that never leave and that you cant deal with (had three super agents on my island that won't ♥♥♥♥ing leave even though I have no heat and am doing everything I can to ♥♥♥♥ing avoid them; meanwhile they kill every agent I try and send on unrelated missions so I can never get anything done).

Its still pretty fun, but when you spend hours and hours on a game and never really progress because the mechanics are flawed, its maddening.

I hate that I cant give a mixed review. I'd likely give this a 6 out of 10.
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Butterscotch
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Spent hours on this game as a kid. Ahh... the memories.
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Gaming Racsal
( 88.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
I am a massive fan of dungeon keeper it was a game i played over and over evil genius is a game that brings what was great about and throws into the golden age of espionage with some great comical moments you will laugh your way to being the ruler of the world
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♣PopCulturePizza♣
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Product received for free
When I first heard about this game I did not know what to expect. What I expected was you playing as some sort of 007 type character to STOP a evil genius when I first heard the name and nothing about it. My expectations however were blown right out of the heat ray with this lovely game. I expected seriousness but what I got was a delightful retro supervillian game where you play as Dr. Evil, Cruella De vil, or a 1960's scooby-doo villian from Asia. This game has lots of fun and wonderful secret agent bosses representing famous government agents like Rambo and of course James bond himself. I love this game but the only problem I see with it is that walls need to be 100% accurate. You can't delete them and it's really annoying when I built the freezer and now it's as open as the grand canyon. I reccomend picking it up just be careful how you build.
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Prof. Dr. Dr. Eimer
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
One of the best games I've ever played!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
A very fun game. think Dungeon Keeper, but where you play a james bond'esque villain where you try to take over the world. You get henchmen to buld your base, guard it and even fool turists to try and keep your activities unknown.

Sadly there are only 2 levels, but with all the reasearch and the length of time missions can take this is a game you can play for hours on end with the many different traps and science devices you can strap agents too, uncluding a laser like the classic bond film, Gold Finger. One hell of a buy if you ask me :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Great "monster" dungeon type game. Recommend going through population file and change the max population size to at least 200 or 400.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I Can Say One Thing For Sure... Only Cool People Play This Game.
This Game Is Really Really Fun Even When James Bond Himself Walks Into Your Base And Kills You Still Fun, When Rambo Starts Killing Everyone Heading Right To You Still Fun, When It's The Year 2216 The Game Will Still Be Fun... Buy This Game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
75.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Good, old classic that let's you be the villain for once.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I'm starting this review not knowing whether at the end I'll give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down - which pretty much tells you my thoughts.

Evil Minion is a 1960s style James Bond/ Man from Uncle/ Our Man Flint version of the Bullfrog Dungeon Keeper games.

The game is split between a base mode where all of the animated action takes place and a world map where you carry out missions that are solely a matter of numbers - you commit the designated number of agents of various types to a mission and watch their figures fall by attrition until they either succeed in the mission or fail.

As all the action takes place on YOUR ISLAND and in YOUR BASE any bad failures mean large amounts of damage to your base and a long grind to rebuild. That's a problem I'd echo from some of the other negative reviews. Money is gained by allocating agents to steal on the map level. Practically it meets clicking to add agents to a country to get money, and then clicking and moving them to a new country before enemy agents start turning up and killing them. Agents regenerate only at one a minute unless you pay cash to regenerate faster which costs you cash obviously. The basic mechanics are a bit of a grind.

There's also the problem that the game seems to be played on two very long levels. So my entire game time has been on a single level. There's no way to change base design part way through (although you can destroy individual rooms and replace them with a different room in the same size). You can't cancel purchases.

Research isn't entirely intuitive. I discovered after a long time you had to select both an item to research AND a piece of equipment for anything to happen. Also hotels (used to distract tourists) didn't work for me. The hotel wings never attached to the core so they were virtually useless.

You'll soon learn the value of your valets who do a prime job of distracting enemy agents. Keep most of the incriminating stuff some way inside your base and even agents that get inside your base can be gently persuaded to leave (instead of killing them or capturing and torturing them) before discovering anything truly incriminating.

There's bizarre irritants too. I did a mission wherein I stole a cloning machine all for it never to be assembled in my base for me to use.

Some of the game doesn't really hang together that well. For example other than gaining new skills from specified targets capturing and interrogating (i.e. torturing to death) prisoners never seems to do much.

The main problem is the lack of variation in the game. You stay on the same screens, you can see everything, enemy always enter by the same door (or doors if you add another entrance), you can't easily identify enemy (it flashes up but not easily). There's not enough change, not enough development, and not enough fun things to do to make a really good game.

This is a great idea let down by some poor execution. At the full price of £6.99 I wouldn't touch it but for anyone nostalgically missing Bullfrog's Theme Hospital and Dungeon Keeper games at 50% off and higher in the sale it will provide you with a few hours of fun. Until you realise the next few hours will be exactly like the first few hours.

S.x.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
136 of 141 people (96%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2015
Evil Genius is a base-building strategy game, similar to Dungeon Keeper.

You play as a malevolent mastermind during the cold-war era, with the sole aim of taking over the world.

As with all plotting masterminds circa 1970, you have a secret base built within a mountain on a tropical island, and of course, what evil genius is complete without his evil henchmen? These fellas are under your total command and do all dirty work you task them with. You start off by hiring basic henchmen, which carry out menial tasks such as construction or basic room staffing. These henchmen then branch into three different paths: military; science; and social. These paths each have four henchmen types each, ranging from basic guards, to valets, and mad scientists.

Henchmen aren't the only things you'll find in your evil lair. There's a variety of room types to be constructed, from barracks for the men to sleep, or security rooms to manage CCTV cameras and hold prisoners. Your base requires power, and your staff have many stats (needs) that must be met. By building each type of room you can meet the demands of your ever growing lair. As you progress, more rooms and various objects for rooms can be researched via your science minions, allowing more depth to your base as well as better ways to meet the ever growing needs of your minions.

Finally, no evil lair is complete without traps. Throughout your campaign for world dominance, you're bound to draw the attention of various justice forces. From agents who snoop for incriminating evidence, to burglars trying to steal back ill-gotten gains, building traps can have all kinds of nasty effects on intruding spies. From simple pressure pads and toxic gas, to wind corridors of death, the game offers a wide selection of traps with endless customisation for you to build the ultimate defence against intruders.

Outside of your lair, hotels can be built on your island. Pesky tourists want to visit, and in order to keep them busy these establishments can be constructed to help prevent them wandering into your base. Social minions such as valets will man your hotels, and ensure tourists remain outside the base. Hotels can have a variety of recreational objects for tourists to pass time.

Away from your island is the rest of the world. Accessed via the world map, you can deploy your henchmen all over the world to perform multiple nefarious acts. From stealing money, to plotting schemes. Henchmen can also be deployed on missions in each region to build notoriety, as well as steal priceless artifacts, or even research that can be used for new objects and rooms.

The game itself, in the spirit of most similar British games made in its time, has a strong sense of humour. These moments show in the little things, such as your evil genius gloating over agents locked in your prison cells, or torture scenes consisting of the torturer smoking a cigarette, whilst the unfortunate agent being interrogated begs for a puff.

Visually, the game has aged amazingly well. Though the game was released in 2004, the clean and sleek aesthetic has allowed the game to remain as beautiful as it was at release. A rare accomplishment for many older games. Evil Genius visually competes with a lot of games released today.

Overall, if you're looking for a base-building game, look no further than Evil Genius. This game is both incredibly fun and absolutely stunning, whilst having plenty of depth and an amazing sense of humour. The game only offers a campaign mode, but will easily keep you playing for around 50 hours or more. If you find yourself wanting more, there are sandbox mods available for you to just freely build the ultimate evil lair.

A brilliant game, even by today's standards, and one of the best PC games to have ever been released.
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85 of 91 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2015
First : Dont Look at my Steam Hours,i played that game way before Steam a long time when it was released.
An Evil Genius Tycoon as i would explain it in one sentence.
Its pretty unique you cant find any game like this out there.
You Play one of 3 Super Villains of your choice and start with bunch of money and handfull of workers on an abandoned island.

Now you gonna begin to build your first super villain base inside an old hill,while the game goes on you can send your workers on the world map to every location and let them steal money or let them do missions like kidnapping a specialist

( example : you need to kidnapp and interrogate an police officer for train your workers to be an guard, this goes on with even more specialized experts as you go further into the game ,like scientists, snipers , technician .....)

you have 4 types of workers, the normal workers ,an military tree ,an scientists / technician tree and an public worker tree which you need to run an hotel / holiday plant later on the game on your island as camouflage for your underground base.

you need train facilitys for that and every worker needs to got though every stage to get trained to an later one inside a tree.
and you need every type of your unit,example : only technicians in the scientists/ technician tree can repair equipment and facility machinery.

when your people doing missions or stealing money in an country too long it can get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ and send agents,you can either avoid them or distract them or you lead them into deadly traps inside your base.

you also need an mortuary inside your base for placing killed enemys agents there,very late in the game the countrys will send super special agents,for example a rambo like from th US and an chinese super agent from asia.

The First Island you have isnt the only one,when youre further in the Game you will get on an bigger one dont worry,there is where its maybe a good choice to build an hotel / holiday plant

the game is very old now and im not sure which version this on steam is,there are to find 1 official and 1 community patch in the internet which make the game very playable,but without the steam overlay,atleast at me.

you need to get into the game and it takes time to get that,if you wanten an super villain game and was disappointed with Omerta for example,you should try this, especially when its on sale.
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100 of 113 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
So sad that as of last week I still played this game on cd, yes the org cd... The hundreds if not over a thousand hours I've put into this game. Then i see it on steam (compleatly unware) and have to build my game hrs all over again like I'm new. Great game. From the little comedy antics to the satisfaction to see your gold has filled the room. HEY GAME MAKING DEV PEOPLE. Make an EVIL GENIUS 2 (this time add a sandbox island).
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83 of 89 people (93%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
Part Dungeon Keeper
Part Austin Powers
Part No One Lives Forever.

All awesome, but short, fun.
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69 of 72 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2013
I love this game! This classic combines aspects of games like Theme Park and Dungeon Keeper. Some bugs are really annoying, such as when your minions get stuck (quite often), but otherwise is a fantastic game. It's worth his price, for sure. Prepare to become an evil genius and conquer the world with this fantastic simulator.
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