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This is a direct sequel to the cult classic 2004 lair builder of over-the-top spy-fi comedy and action. Evil Genius is strategy management unlike any other, and the team at Rebellion knows that. It’s more lavishly made, with a more ’60s retro flair than the first, but it retains and updates the best parts.
I watched a live gameplay demo and spoke with two members of the EG2 team: Producer Ash Tregay and lead designer Rich Edwards. Edwards is an EG superfan, so this is his dream design. He’s so enthusiastic that when interviewed for the then-secret project he puzzled out what Rebellion was doing and asked pointblank, mid interview, if it was Evil Genius 2.
In Evil Genius 2 you dig into the nitty-gritty details in the life of an over-the-top spy fiction villain. You build up your base and casino resort cover operation on a tropical island, gathering an army of minions and building infrastructure for your Doomsday Device.
None of this is cheap, and that means stealing a lot of gold. You manage strategy on a world map to accomplish missions, building a worldwide criminal network. You also need armed thugs, media spin doctors, and deadly traps to keep the Agents and Superspies of the Forces of Justice off your back.
To start you’ll pick one of four evil geniuses and one of three islands. “The island you choose is your home for the entire campaign,” says Tregay. One island has already been shown—the medium option. Another is tall and narrow, with more vertical space. On that island visitors arrive by cruise ship, then take cable cars up to the casino, giving you a bit more time to react to new arrivals. The third island is squat and round, with a helipad in the middle, like a donut.
Each of the geniuses has their own style: Unique campaign missions, specialities, and Doomsday Device. Maximilian is the industrial tycoon of EG1, obsessed with making money. Red Ivan was a mere henchman in EG1, but he’s a boss now. The other two are newcomers we don’t know much about, “Emma is a Spymaster turned Anarchist with a heavy deception focus, whilst Zalika leans into science,” says Edwards.
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