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 (614 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
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Excellent game. Good build play. Nice Bond villian asthetic. Terribly fun.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This game is my personal classic favourite. It was the first full game I bought back in 2006 and since then I've had a lot of nostalgic fun with it.
The overall the graphics are still satisfactory in terms of the art style, the gameplay is solid and fun, and the overall story is positively parodistic with good pretty good humour and fun.

I enjoy this, many more people should too.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
The K.G.B landed on my super secret island, broke through my base door by kicking it, then killed all my minions.


10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
i stole the Eiffel tower and placed in my office-Vive La France!

20/20
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Caught a Spy in my gas chamber... 11/10
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Hands down, my favourite game when I was younger
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Amusing but has not been updated for a very long time - doesn't even properly support widescreen monitors.

Sometimes a bit confusing - read the manual.
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4 of 15 people (27%) found this review helpful
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
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.

Positives
+ 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

Negatives
-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.

D+
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7 of 24 people (29%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Let's get the good stuff out of the way first - The aesthetic is charming, the base-building is pretty good, and henchmen with personality and unique abilities are an improvement on what Dungeon Keeper offers.

The problem? The minion AI is terrible. Absolutely atrocious. Door on fire? Valet picks up the fire extinguisher, runs over to put out the fire, gets caught in the explosion, dies. Repeat for every valet you have as the fire spreads to the rest of your base. Good luck keeping valets alive!

Traps? For the most part they work once on enemies before being blown up (at which point all your valets die, see above) but they work an infinite number of times on your own minions. And minions hit by confusion traps will tend to get caught in a loop where they get caught by the same trap over and over again.

If you've exhausted everything Dungeon Keeper and its sequel have to offer, okay sure, pick up this game. It does just about everything else pretty well. Otherwise, just get Dungeon Keeper 2.
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
An absolute classic, a dungeon keeper-esque management of your evil lair (with equal comedy style) as you continue on you way to world domination. defending agents agents that try to sneak in with your minions or an assortment of comedic traps (Who can resist a big red button?) and take them away for equally comic interrogation.

While the game isn't sandbox you can easily save at certain points and hold progression of the story. but if you want a good base management game, with a lovely style, you can't go wrong here.

quick note: you may need to hunt around for a patch to bring the game up to modern resolutions.
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Heyyo,

Evil Genius is a realtime strategy game with a twist... where you try and take over the world as an Evil Genius from the 70's. Think of Austin Power's main antagonist... Dr. Evil. You get to be him and it's glorious. How many hours have I spent on the gog.com release before picking it up on a Steam sale because I love this game so much? I dunno, but a lot lol. :)

If you wish to play it in Widescreen? Just follow this Steam Community thread:
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=904360

If you've ever played Startopia, Dungeon Keeper or War for The Overworld? You'll know what kind of game to expect.. and to enjoy a lot. Buy this game for yourself or someone who enjoys a cunning and challenging game with a touch of silliness. ;)
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1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
There's nothing like trapping unsuspecting agents of justice in an inescapable trap to make an old evil emperor feel.. EVIL.
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36.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
It's an older game so it has its..... charms. But I think it is fantastic. Very deep game with a lot of cool features. Looks great too, looks like a stylized modern game. An all time favourite.
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248.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I've put hundreds of hours in this game. I've had tons of fun with it.

Now I'm still waiting for Evil Genius 2 (and yes, I'm still optimistic).
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51 of 62 people (82%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Love this game, I seriously hope they bring out a new version but I think it is unlikly.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
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!
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
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.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Absolutely nice game ! Very addictive.

The game takes place in an island where you have to build your malefic base. You will have to recrute some sbires to make some missions all around the world !

From the first second you will play this game, you will definitely be addict : everything is nice as toons graphic, story, management of your base etc...

Be Bad, Be Evil ! It's allow here !
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
REVIEW HAIKU

Dominate the world

Lure your foes to their demise

Henchmen wreak havoc
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