If Gru taught us something in Despicable Me, it was the significance of loyal minions. Evil Genius 2 impressed me to relish in that very same perception.
Evil Genius 2 begins me off as the best of the 4 playable villains: Maximillion, the quick, white, German, scar-ridden, monocle-wearing, Dr. Evil-looking asshole. I personal a stunning personal island fronting as a on line casino. However behind the façade, I’m engaged on constructing the best super-villain lair the world has ever seen.
All the things round me oozes with ‘60s vibes, from James Bond to Get Smart. I have rounded buildings all over my island, and the soundtrack features the blaring horns that evoke that classic Bond theme. As I mold this island to my will, I must also keep it a secret from pesky, do-gooder spies who want to ruin my world domination. And I’ll want minions, a lot of them, to get it carried out.
What’s Evil Genius 2?
Evil Genius 2 is Zoo Tycoon for bastards, or as I desire to name it, a healthcare simulator for Bond villains.
My evil lair begins out as largely dust, hallways, and a small vault to deal with my wealth. I solely have direct management over my evil genius, Maximillion, and any right-hand evildoers I could recruit. I even have minions, who work on autopilot at any time when I create a brand new development mission. Once I’m able to construct, I select the room sort I wish to add to my base, and use my mouse to color over current tiles or into the dust. I place furnishings, I add doorways, and I add some crops to liven this new area up. And once I hit verify, my legion of minions springs into motion.
I can’t click on on my minions to regulate their particular person actions like I can with my genius. As an alternative, I simply get to observe them scramble, turning my evil imaginative and prescient into an evil actuality. They dig by partitions, seize furnishings from the helipad, and carve out my base just like the little ants they’re.
I take advantage of my minions for all the pieces. I take advantage of them to employees my communications room or man the jail cells. I even ship them on missions all over the world to earn me money — missions that they’ll by no means return from, whereas I reap the rewards. I can even prepare my minions to grow to be guards to guard the bottom, scientists to analysis new evil applied sciences like stairs, or valets to run my pretend on line casino. The very best a part of having minions is how simple it’s to accumulate new ones. If I ship a minion on a mission or, say, publicly execute them for disappointing me, I’ll robotically recruit extra minions inside seconds.
However for an evil genius, I’m not with out some understanding. So long as they’re alive on my payroll, they want meals, relaxation, and a few enjoyable actions to maintain them going. Not even a supervillain can count on a minion to carry out evil deeds earlier than they’ve had their espresso.
Caring for my minions is my true objective in life
In my time with Evil Genius 2, the sport gave me a number of targets like “bribe countries” or “kidnap scientists.” However all of this work requires minions in good well being. So for on a regular basis I spend planning my dastardly deeds, I additionally have to take time to pamper my minions. It grew to become clear mid-way by the tutorial that whereas I might kill my minions, the higher alternative for me was to maintain them completely happy and wholesome so that they’d do my bidding. And the farther I bought in Evil Genius 2, the extra I spotted I truly wished to construct a minion utopia as an alternative of big lasers.
I could have my very own room for evil deeds and an enormous vault crammed with my cash, however you’d be shocked how a lot of that money goes to caring for the little man. The extra minions I get and the extra work I put them by, the extra draining the workload is on my minions’ psychological — and infrequently bodily — well being. All of the sudden I’ll have to increase my cafeteria to suit extra staff, or I’ll have to construct one other TV pit for my minions to observe Minions of their restricted offtime. With out these luxuries, even my most loyal followers will desert my trigger and switch me over to world’s spy companies. Managing their happiness was like making an attempt to enhance the lives of 100 Sims without delay, and it was an superior problem.
Once I began to interact with the truly villainy of Evil Genius 2, it pulled me away from the base-building elements I loved doing in-game — an issue that finally led me to re-downloading different administration video games as an alternative of continuous with Evil Genius 2. I didn’t wish to handle my world schemes to get money or fend off waves of obnoxious Bond wannabees, as a result of these programs felt extra tedious than artistic. I wished to construct out my base — for myself, after all, but additionally for my minions. I wished extra coaching facilities, extra beds, extra lockers, extra hospitals. However with a view to get the sources to increase, I wanted to interact with a few of Evil Genius 2’s less-fun mechanics, which finally harm my potential to progress ahead on my minion paradise.
Evil Genius 2 does lots proper as a constructing and administration sport. You will have a pleasant quantity of freedom to increase on any open area, and the sport’s aesthetic is extraordinarily charming. Not having the ability to management your minions makes for a enjoyable problem, as you actually need to preserve their stats up with luxurious rooms if you wish to get something carried out. However Evil Genius 2 can also be a stable reminder why villains in films and video games lose so typically: While you don’t care to your minions, your minions gained’t look after you.