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Evil Genius (Windows)

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Evil Genius is set in the 1960s of James Bond, master-minds, and bad hair cuts; play one of the three available evil geniuses, each with different abilities, all of which have the overall master-plan to rule the world.

To do this, the evil genius must send out minions and henchmen all over the world on secret missions to increase the criminal infamy rating and steal cash to fund operations for secret base, known in-game as the "secret island at an undisclosed location." Operation: World Conquer costs money...a lot of money!

However, the five major world governments are not unaware of the evil genius's evil plotting. They will send agents to the "secret island at an undisclosed location" to gather evidence of the evil genius's misdeeds. Eventually after enough evidence, they will have just cause to send a strike team or worse...send Super Agents to hamper the evil genius's plans of world domination.

After choosing an evil genius, gameplay will fall under the following categories:

World Domination Map
The most dominant feature of the game revolves around the top-down perspective World Domination map. Although it only takes a few minutes at a time to check this feature, it is most important because this is where the player plots all plans of world domination. The World Domination map consists of the following actions:
  • Sending minions and henchmen on Act of Infamy missions around the world to raise criminal reputation rating. Successfully accomplishing these missions will increase criminal reputation. The higher the reputation, the more access the player has to other missions, henchmen, and infamy objects that may be stolen.
  • Sending minions and henchmen undercover around the world to steal cash and funds operations. The money will then be sent to the "secret island at an undisclosed location" to be stored at the treasury.
  • Recruit new henchmen. If reputation is high enough, the player may have the option to recruit new henchmen.
Secret Island at an Undisclosed Location Map
Gameplay is primary focused on the secret island base, where it mimics an isometric building simulation game. Here, the player may interact with buildings, minions, and enemy agents. The available actions are as the following:
  • Build a secret base, in it construct facilities and rooms.
  • Build a trap system to guard the base's secrets from enemy agents as well as using it to kill, stun, or interrogate enemy agents.
  • Research new traps, objects, and weapons.


Evil Genius Windows Start menu
Evil Genius Windows This hole is for my soon to be completed doomsday device.
Evil Genius Windows Okay soldier, back to your duty.
Evil Genius Windows One sensor activates the wind trap, which pushes the victim over another sensor into a poison gas trap.  Mmmm, fun!

Alternate Titles

  • "邪恶天才" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Xie'e Tiancai" -- Chinese title

User Reviews

What a great gam...where did that !@!%@% bug come from...!? Indra is here (19837) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

The Press Says

PIB (Programmer In Black) Feb 13, 2005 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2004 8.25 out of 10 82
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2004 81 out of 100 81 Oct 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Sep 28, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73 (UK) Oct 01, 2004 7 out of 10 70 Oct 06, 2004 13 out of 20 65
GameCell UK 2004 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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One of the henchmen you can recruit on the World Domination Map is "The Butcher", located in SE ASIA, specifically on the island of Sumatera, Republic of Indonesia. The Butcher's rap sheet indicates he became a criminal after an encounter with a cannibal.

However, as the time frame of the game is roughly around the 1960's - 1970's, on the island of Sumatera, no cannibals existed.

To date, the only known cannibalism that exists in the republic is practiced by a certain tribe (tribe name withheld) located in the island of Kalimantan better as Borneo to westerners. The practice of cannibalism however in more or less just tribal rituals for certain occasions and not a primary diet. Oddly enough, the people of the tribe itself are extremely polite compared to other tribes in Indonesia and having met some myself I asked what "human flesh" tasted like. One answered "Hot". Similar to dog meat (uh, we eat almost anything that moves around here...hehe).

On additional note, on the island of Sumatera, cannibals did exist but only before the Christianity (Protestants) was spread on the island by the colonial Dutch rule. Ironically, the leading missionary of Christianity in Sumatera, located specifically in North Sumatera, was eaten (boiled first) by local tribes before they wanted to convert! Now that's what you call a martyr! (My great grandfather was tribal chief in North Sumatera, and was also known to be a cannibal...yum)

Other rare cases of cannibalism in Indonesia refer to practitioners of Black Magic.

Intellectual property

Following the merger of Activision and Vivendi into Activision Blizzard in 2008, the intellectual property rights to this title were picked up by Rebellion.

Information also contributed by Sciere

Related Web Sites

  • Evil Planet - Fan Site (Designed in the style of the game features a rich in content fan site. This includes detailed descriptions about the game and the makers, screenshots, modding, interviews, downloads, a special Evil Genius wiki and a forum.)
  • How evil are you? (Official website)
Kic'N (4220) added Evil Genius (Windows) on Jan 08, 2005