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Evil Genius

3 months ago

Feature: Throwback Thursday

Why are so many old games coming back? We asked developers why they chase nostalgia

Remember that thing you like from 10 years ago? It’s probably getting a sequel. Shenmue 3. Evil Genius 2. Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2. The calendar of upcoming games is packed with throwbacks that will revisit the worlds we left behind over a decade ago. Oddworld: Soulstorm is heading back to the strange homeland of Abe the skinny green freedom farter. Mechwarrior 5 is booting…

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4 months ago

Feature: We built this city on conveniently delineated tiles

The 20 best management games on PC

A lot of genres have had a resurgence over the past five years, but none more successfully than management games. There are now more ways to direct trains, lay conveyor belts, coral visitors and profit, profit, profit than you could play in a lifetime. The question is: which of these famous timesinks is worth your time, and which of the whipsmart new hires can compete…

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Evil Genius 2: World Domination unveils sinister 2020 launch plans

Almost two years after announcing it, Rebellion have given us our first glimpse of James Bond-ish super-criminal sim Evil Genius 2 at E3's PC Gaming Show, plus plans to launch next year. Sequel to Elixir's entertaining 2004 Dungeon Keeper-alike, it's all about balancing the (evil) books and designing your volcano isle hideout for maximum work efficiency and resistance to super-spies. From the brief glimpse we get today,…

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2 years ago

Feature: Sic semper Tyrannis

Obsidian on Tyranny’s expansion & writing believable evil

Most games that put you into the shoes of the bad guys are about reveling in evil, gleefully causing havoc and destruction like a toddler who's got into the stationary box. Obsidian's RPG Tyranny [official site] is different. “I find a lot of fiction that centers around good versus evil tends to be unsatisfying, as evil always exists as a strawman for the ill-prepared underdogs…

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Shock! Horror! Evil Genius 2 announced

Today, in news I never thought I'd hear: Evil Genius 2 has been announced. Evil Genius, to refresh your memory, is a 2004 real-time strategy game made by Elixir Studios, about a Bond-y villain building super secret bases for dastardly reasons while fending off meddling spies. It's a bit like Dungeon Keeper, and it is good fun. Sniper Elite developers Rebellion picked up the rights…

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4 years ago

Feature: A worthy twist on Dungeon Keeper.

Have You Played… Evil Genius?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. It's a little baffling that nobody's tried to make Evil Genius [official site] again. A transparent derivative of Dungeon Keeper, it did more than enough to distinguish itself from that noble luminary of base building and evil overlording.

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6 years ago

Rebellion’s Evil Genius Online In Open Beta… Again?

I'm getting the strangest feeling of deja vu. Rebellion - developers behind the mediocre Alien Vs Predator reboot, and the abysmal Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Something nonsense - recently announced a Facebook version of Evil Genius, now in open beta. Um, it's not 2010, right? This already happened. As Alec reported three years ago, a game was up on Facebook and there to play. The…

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9 years ago

11 years ago

Evil Freenius: Mastermind

Evil Genius might always be the Bjorn Again to Dungeon Keeper's Abba, but it's a game many remain fond of. Including, presumably, indie developer/artist Mike Swain, who recently completed Mastermind, a browser-based freebie based upon a similar Theme Bond Villain conceit. While it throws in a few similar mechanisms too - the concept of notoriety, for instance - it's very much its own game. Its…

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Retro: Evil Genius

Whenever I mourn the passing of the Dungeon Keeper games and their much-neglected sub-genre – which I seem to do far too often, like some sort of blogging Miss Havisham - someone always chastises me for overlooking Evil Genius. I'm not overlooking it, I'm just not mentioning it. It’s certainly the closest to a true follow-up DK’s ever had, coming from Bullfrog splinter cell Elixir…

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