Re: Evil Genius
Ahh Evil Genius good concept bad execution....Review time
Genre: Real Time Strategy
So what could a game so cleverly name involve? Well you are an Evil genius trying to take over the world :...
So Evil Genius is a real time strategy game based on the idea of taking over the world through the use of your hired help and various acts of Infamy/Terrorism. You basically build your base into a mountain side on an island. From there you carry out your plans of world domination, from transporting your minions around the world to setting up security for your based and building rooms to maintain your organization...sound simple enough right....nah...
IN THE BEGINING...
You start off by choosing 1 of 3 different evil geniuses each have the strengths and weaknesses and also come with there own henchman. So after you choose your evil genies youíre taken to your island to build up your base. you start off with 3 minions, Minion are basically your workers and your henchmen are your bodyguards, much stronger than your minions and have special abilities. You are given a list of objectives from starting up your based by building certain rooms (barracks, Control room, staff room, freezer)other objectives include going around the would and committing various acts like kidnapping. Aside from that you can set up traps in your base, from a wind tunnel to blowtorch to a pool of piranha
You can capture intruders for intermigration, which is always hilarious (howís this for torture, one of your guys imitating Michel Jackson) You can set up security cameras sentry guns and a whole load of stuff...
A few things lacking in this game though is "Control" you donít always have direct control of your minions or henchmen, they roam the base looking for things to do, and you can post them to guard a specific place which can get annoying with intruders...speaking of which this game has a unique way of dealing with intruders on your island, you have to assign a tag on them, meaning you have to manual look for them on your island, click on them and give a command to kill capture or mind wipe them... nice idea but its not very fun if your on the world map taking care of business and intruder walks right into your base. I mean you do have the security cameras but if you donít tag them for something they donít go off!!
Setting up the traps, at least to me, is a head case, you have to put pressure pads on the ground to activate the trap, now they do give you crash dummies to test your traps but come on it should be easier, it would be nice if they had an area in the game for strictly testing traps.
Anther area this game does not shine is the way you collect money. You do this by going around the would stealing...ok fine but different countries have different income values and you have to keep up with it or you may be pulling in 10K one minute then $200 the next. On this world map you also have your opponents, we will call them the world police, there the same people that invade your island there are 4 of them. Depending on how much activity there is in a given region they will appear there to kill your men, which is very annoying at times, because there isnít any actual fighting, its just some statue replicas of your men dropping...ooo how dramatic.
All in all this game is entertaining, its very humorous at times, but needs better refinement...guess thatís why there coming out with a new one soon
I give Evil Genies a
3 out of 5 stars
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