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Evil Genius

2 months ago

Feature: Mayors, tycoons, farmers, wardens, despots and demons

The 20 best management games on PC

Base-building is de rigueur these days, what with all those survival games, Minecraft, Fallout 4 and now Fortnite, but before all that we had tiny top-down or isometric worlds in which we diligently built cities and dungeons and theme parks and rail networks. The central appeal of management games was and is that they give us an idealised sense of what it is like to…

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12 months 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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1 year ago

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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3 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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5 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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8 years ago

10 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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