Everyone knows them, the super agents, the James Bond’s, the Austin Powers’, oh the jackasses. All of them have had only one purpose in life; making the lives of us, evil masterbrains of this planet, as miserable as possible. They do nothing with more fun than entering our clean neat underground bases and steal our stolen money and other nice objects. Nowhere can we feel safe. But all that has changed, it’s finally time for us to hit back. We shall overcome ! As we are all “Evil Geniusses”.
After this nice intro that could have been the real intro of Evil Genius we’ll start with the better work. Our review of this new game from Vivendi
As everyone will know by now, you play the bad guy in Evil Genius. Not just any bad the, the worst of the worst. You know, the type of bad guy that likes to build underground bases, put people into a mixer, has whole armies of minions, builds doomsday devices, and so on. That’s the kind of bad guy you are. Finally I got to live up the evil feelings that are cropped up inside of me and torture people à volonté, murder them, and most of all, build my own secret underground base. “AAAAH” life can be beautiful sometimes, no ?
That’s in fact the whole point of Evil Genius, build a base, protect it with all kinds of traps and make sure incoming enemies don’t get to see anything they’re not supposed to see while you’re doing your evil deeds throughout the world.
The basebuilding is much like in other RTS games, select a room, make a layout, put stuff in, add some traps and build the whole thing. These traps add a special aspect to the game. Combinations of traps give you a special evil-bonus. For instance, I had put my door behind a corner and put two blower in the wall that looked at the entrance (so not towards the door). Result: everyone that entered too far in my base got blown away from the entrance
Of course, a base alone is nothing, you also need to build up a certain infamy. This you can do by doing certain actions (originally called Acts of Infamy) on the world map. Send out your minion throughout the world and have them do lots of different stuff. From time to time you’ll find an advanced minion and you’ll be able to start training new ones.
As you can see, the gameplay is more than good. Everything has been thought out up to the smallest details and nothing has been left to coincidence. And for those that have played the demo already and didn’t like it that so many agents came barging in, I can say don’t worry as in the real game there aren’t that many
The graphics are remarkably good and also the music, despite being repetitive at times, is of the best quality. Certainly worth your money !
Evil Genius is one of the funniest RTS-games around at the moment. An original idea that has been worked out beautifully and contains a lot of humour ! I would definitely suggest this one to everyone