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Evil Genius is a 2004 simulation video game. A take on the 1960s spy thriller genre (most notably the James Bond film series), the game casts the player as the villain, allowing control of a secret island fortress complete with powerful henchmen, loyal minions and a wide range of gizmos, gadgets and traps. Developed by Elixir Studios and published by Sierra Entertainment, Evil Genius was released on September 28, 2004.
The player is cast as an evil genius of a criminal organization (referred to simply as "the evil organization") plotting to take over the world, from the safety of an evil lair built in the caverns of a mountain hideout. The main story of the game is based on the construction of one of three superweapons, which are launched at the very end of the game. The launching of the weapon causes the world to capitulate to your will, thus ending the game. The game features several references to spy films like the James Bond series, and to their parodies such as Austin Powers.