Evil Genius

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Evil Genius
Evil Genius cover
Developers
Elixir Studios
Publishers
Sierra Entertainment
Rebellion Developments
Release dates
Windows September 28, 2004
OS X May 9, 2013[1]

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip Intro[2]
  1. Open concept.cfg with a text editor, in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following lines and set them to these values.
StartupState=1
CopyrightScreenDuration=0

Patches[edit]

PCGamingWiki Patch[edit]

Contains all the official fixes and most tweaks, new fixes, along with the extra bonus content.

Official 1.01[edit]

The official patch for the game released by Elixir Studios.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\DynamicResources\Config
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\DynamicResources\Layouts\
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Change the Max Camera Height. See Custom camera height.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fixes Alt+Tab crashes. When out of focus the game will appear as paused.
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No FPS cap. Performance hits are to be expected with more entities.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen Resolution[citation needed]
  1. Download the Universal Resolution Changer and extract it to <path-to-game>\ReleaseExe
  2. Open resolution.ini and set the desired values.
  3. Disable any overlays (RivaTuner or other) and launch game from <path-to-game>\ReleaseExe\EvilGeniusExeStub-Release.exe.

Windowed[edit]

Through the resolution changer[citation needed]
  1. Download the Universal Resolution Changer and extract it to <path-to-game>\ReleaseExe
  2. Open resolution.ini and look for the line Windowed, then change it to Windowed=1

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[3]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
See Enabling speech on the German version.
Italian
A text translation is available here.
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Corrupt main menu screen and missing audio[edit]

This is caused by the Windows region format setting being set to English (UK).

Crash when pushing the research button[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Navigate to the <path-to-game>\DynamicResources\Layouts\ folder.
  2. Open the desired save game with a text editor.
  3. Push Ctrl+H and in the Find field type ResearchSubject=0 and in the Replace with field type ResearchSubject=12008.
  4. Click on the Replace button.
  5. Launch the game and load the desired save game, then open the research screen and click on the door icon, located at the top.
  6. Cancel the door research by clicking on the red icon.

Enabling speech on the German version[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Open concept.cfg in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following lines and set them to these values or add them if they are missing.
[Sound]
PlayFeedback=true 
PlayNewsflashes=true

The Direct3D device has a non-zero reference[edit]

Deleteting configuration file[citation needed]
  1. Delete Current.opt in the configuration files location.
  2. Follow the Widescreen resolution instructions in order to set up a custom resolution.

Generic Application Error[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Missing grass (Windows 8)[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Navigate to the <path-to-game>\ReleaseExe\ folder and find EvilGeniusExeStub-Release.exe
  2. See Windows Compatibility Mode.
  3. Tick the Run this program in compatibility mode for checkbox and select the Windows Vista mode.

Playtime not being tracked (Steam)[edit]

Create a Steam shortcut to Evil Genius[citation needed]
Launch the game twice[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

Enabling the developer console[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Open Default.ksb and Current.ksb with a text editor, in the configuration files location.
  2. Add the following line near the end of the file, before the three hypens.
ToggleDebugCommands:Ctrl+D

Notes

While playing push Ctrl+D once, then press ~ or \ to open the console.
A handy list of commands can be found here and here.

Custom camera height[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Open concept.cfg in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following lines and set them to your desired values.
MinHeight=7.0
MaxHeight=40.0
MinAngle=2.55
MaxAngle=3.1415

Notes

MinHeight=2.0 and MaxHeight=65 appear to be the most optimal values.

Changing the default Debug.log location[edit]

By default on Windows this file is created into the main drive.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Open concept.cfg in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following line, then set it to the desired path.
Debug output log file=YourPath

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Pentium III 800 MHz Pentium IV 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.4 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 2
16 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 3
64 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Mac Game Update: 10 New Classic Additions - GOG.com
  2. Intro Skip Instructions
  3. World Dominating Audio in Evil Genius - SoundBlaster