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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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This is a very well executed managemnet game with a great twist. Take on the axis of good and deal a blow to humanity. A good sense of comic humour with the animations and objectives to achieve. Gentle learning curve, which ramps up to become a challenge towards the end of the campaign.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
95.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
This game is whacky and super fun. easy to lose if you don't micromanage, but keep a backup save going to restore and you'll be fine. a few bugs, but nothing serious.
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140 of 144 people (97%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
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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86 of 92 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
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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82 of 88 people (93%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
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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95 of 108 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
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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70 of 73 people (96%) found this review helpful
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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64 of 70 people (91%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
One of my favorite games of all time. Where other games similar to Dungeon Keeper failed, Evil Genius succeeded in so many ways while also creating a world that was unique in itself. The goal of the game is to build an evil secret base on a deserted island and further your plans of world domination. Be careful, however, for the forces of good will do everything in their power to stop you from fulfilling those dreams. You control everything from a birds-eye view where you build rooms and objects via "blueprints" which Minions then proceed to purchase and place for you. The game overall is very smooth and challenging. After all these years, I still haven't managed to beat the game and I bought it when it first came out! All in all, I love this game and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to rule the world and throw foolish special agents into giant mixer bowls.
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55 of 58 people (95%) found this review helpful
81.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Buy Evil Genius.

This game is a fantastic work that will suck down your hours into Satan's Chimney. The concept is simple: you are an evil genius who rules over a set of minions on an island. You defend your base from enemy agents (the "good" guys) and send minions out into the world to do evil deeds. It's simple, but effective and engrossing. Before it was released on Steam, I had over 100 hours logged into this game spanned over 5 playthroughs. That's a few more than my traditional 0.5 playthroughs of most games.
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49 of 51 people (96%) found this review helpful
62.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
Have you ever thought to yourself "I'd like to play Dungeon Keeper 2, but instead of imps and demons, I'd like it to be part of a 60s themed Bond movie, complete with creepy villains, an evil lair and strokeable ♥♥♥♥♥*"? If not, why not? *Disclaimer. There's not actually a cat. I lied to you.

Evil Genius is a comedic, spy-design dungeon-keeperesque game. It's funny, it's addictive, it's one of a kind and it doesn't get anywhere near the love and appreciation it deserves.

It may be a little dated, but don't you want people to play with you when you get old? The graphics have held up surprisingly well and the gameplay is just as solid as it was in 2004. Bonus because of the age, it's pretty cheap now! Give it a chance.
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Bors de Ganis
10.2 hrs
Posted: October 19
"No Mr. Reader, I expect you to die."

I can picture the pitch meeting for this game: "Picture this, we're going to take sim city right? And then we're going to mix it with James Bond. But in the game you don't play as Bond, you play as the evil mastermind. You spend the game stealing priceless artifacts, doing evil deeds, and building traps. All of it culminating with a doomsday device and you conquering the world!"


Yeah, if that pitch sounds like fun to you, then stop reading and just pick up the game. It's a great old game. I wish it'd gotten some kind of sequel, but I think they flew to close to the sun with this one.
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65.7 hrs
Posted: October 18
I freaking love this game.
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3.4 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 8
Evil Genius is set in the cold-war era of 1960s superspies much like the NOLF games but, on this occasion, the player is on the side of evil megalomania rather than sexy crime fighter. The game involves building an impenetrable base on a secret island within which henchmen are trained, spies are tortured and doomsday devices are researched and developed. It is very much a Dungeon Keeper game in the NOLF world, but has the disadvantage of being overly-ambitious (much like the evil overlord you control). It can be very difficult to work out exactly what's going on, or how to defend your base, or where to deploy the wonderful new laser your scientists have researched... even with the glossary, tutorial, movies and online help! It looks like it could be an amazing game to get into, but I just found it too frustrating - I soon found myself struggling to make ends meet since I was constantly low on cash, and the only way to get cash was to risk my minions by sending them out into the big wide world, at which point the forces of good started killing them off... and I found myself low on cash and low on minions, and now the forces of good were sending squads of soldiers to blow up my base (in response to my minions' brief activity out in the big wide world) and I didn't have anyone left to defend it!

It is beautifully presented and I would like to recommend it based on that and its promise, but it unfortunately failed to live up to my high expectations!
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49.5 hrs
Posted: September 29
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92.4 hrs
Posted: September 20
Ever wanted to rule the world? Ever wanted to have followers who will do your whim so you can get that much closer to world domination? Ever wanted to steal some of the worlds most valuable treasures like government secrets, or Mayan artifacts? Ever wanted to have world leaders in the palm of your hands and crush them, only to have the world at your mercy? Ever wanted to face against some of the worlds most powerful heros that will try and tear down everything you have aspired for? If you have said yes to any of these questions then maybie it's time to become a Evil Genius.
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It's Jake BEBE
17.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
The game is fantastic. I've played for 17.5 hours and I am going to play for many more. The only thing that isnt great about this game is that there hasnt been another one.
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6.8 hrs
Posted: September 14
You know, I really really wanted to like this game. I'm a huge fan of dungeon keeper, dwarf fortress, etc etc etc. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

But after spending over 4 hours trying to finish the first map on the campaign, all I can say is that this game is atrocious.

The pacing is absolutely terrible.
Example: $100 per minion per minute basically means getting the funds so you can build a hallway takes roughly 10 minutes.

The bugs are game stopping.
For instance: Don't try to build a hotel too close to a depot. Your minions will never finish it, and it'll suck up all your money. And you can't cancel the construction.

Your minions have self-defeating AI.
For instance: I assigned my new valet minion to the training room, but he had low smarts from accidentally triggering a trap on the way over. Now, because the training room saps smarts (wtf?), he is stuck in an eternal loop there, and I can't train his replacement. Had to kidnap a whole new maid.

The 'world domination screen' is frustrating.
For instance: There's no timer or progress bar on how long it'll take for your minions to get shuffled around. "Not a big deal, I don't mind checking on it randomly. Can't wait to commit this act of infamy once all my guys are together!"
<10 minutes of dealing with panicked tourists later>
"Hmm, I wonder if those minions showed up yet --:
<Minions there are already dead, because an agent already showed up & killed them without ever notifying you.>

Even after exploiting the neutered enemy-heat of the first level of the campaign to build up all the money I'd ever need, I still struggled to get things done. I repeat -- money wasn't even an issue. I built up my base as best as I could without having everything unlocked, and amassed a small army of over 70 henchmen. Hours and hours later, I had still only commited a handful of acts of infamy due to all the subtle "features formerly known as bugs".
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43.7 hrs
Posted: September 13
Evil Genius, ever watched a spy movie and rooted for the villain instead of the spy who completely ruins the hardwork, effort and toil the villain and his organisation has put themselves through to get in a postion to threaten the world? This game is the answer to that question. Filled to the brim with spy movie cliches and references, this game really does turn the whole genre upside-down.

I could go on about how this game is worth your time but that would lead me to nearly spoiling the entire game to you. Basically if you like the premise of Dungeon Keeper (The GOOD Dungeon Keeper mind you), then you'll enjoy this game. Last point I want to make, the soundtrack is fiendishly good to listen to.
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