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TEEN, Comic Mischief, Suggestive Themes, Violence
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James Bond junkies and real-time strategy fans are encouraged to get evil in this tongue-and-cheek spy game. Evident in its outrageously wicked mission objectives, its management-based playing style, and its dry sense of humor, Evil Genius presents a real-time challenge of the same ilk found in the popular Dungeon Keeper games — not surprisingly, perhaps, since developer Elixir Studios was founded by former Bullfrog designer Demis Hassabis. The game also incorporates a more abstract "World Domination" mode, with elements reminiscent of Elixir's innovative political sim, Republic: The Revolution. In Evil Genius, players take the title role and face a series of scenarios that challenge them to live up to it. As a criminal mastermind bent on ruling the planet, the player must succeed in multiple, interrelated endeavors.
First, a secret base of operations must be established, so that minions can be properly trained and new technologies can be safely researched. Players take control of the layout and furnishing of an underground lair, hidden on a remote island. The truly cosmopolitan villain also requires a certain degree of infamy, so the up-and-coming global scoundrel must complete dangerous missions to build notoriety. Once the whole world has learned of his dastardly existence, governments will send their heavily armed commandoes and secret agent show-offs to bring the Evil Genius to justice; players must also be prepared with the tricks, traps, and bloodthirsty henchmen it will take to fend off these intruders in real-time play. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide