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Evil Genius 2: World Domination

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Strategic sequel proves just how good is to be the bad guy.

Game Windows 2021
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There's never any shortage of folks that want to step into the tailored suit of a suave secret agent, but it's so much fun to be the bad guy instead. Evil Genius 2: World Domination lets you embrace the money, the minions, and the gadgetry to be the perfect movie villain. Rising more than a decade and a half after the launch of the original, the sequel takes everything fans loved about the original tongue-in-cheek supervillain strategy game and supersizes it to epic new proportions. Players can now choose from four different geniuses, each with his or her own specializations and abilities, as well as a unique doomsday device. Players also have more minions to train, henchmen to recruit, traps to set, and rooms to build to make their lair even more expansive and over-the-top than ever before.

Evil Genius 2 is oozing with personality. The game is a bright and colorful parody of '60s era spy movies, full of hilarious content that keeps things fun and fresh. Floors that open into hidden shark tanks, giant spring-loaded boxing gloves, and even flashy disco dance floors are just a few of the traps players can use to stop invading spies. The only bad thing is that the lair often grows so large and complex, it's difficult to see all the things happening throughout. In fact, that's one issue that can affect the overall gameplay. Sometimes minions might lose their focus and go off task, but players don't realize it's happening until productivity takes a massive hit. There's a new sandbox mode for budding baddies to build the base of their dreams (and secret agents' nightmares) without any silly restrictions like progress or unlocks. It's a lot of fun to go wild with base-building, but it's best to play through one of the campaigns first just to ease into your new megalomaniacal career. Still, Evil Genius 2: World Domination offers such a wide selection of ways to pull off of diabolical and dastardly deeds, it's hard to imagine ever going back to the side of angels.

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