Evil Genius

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Evil Genius
Evil Genius Cover.png
Developers
Publishers
Release dates
Windows
September 28, 2004
OS X
May 9, 2013
Evil Genius at SteamDB
 Evil Genius at Wikipedia

Key points

Advantage Fairly moddable, further documentation can be found here along with a handy modding guide.

General information

More information Evil Planet Community Site
More information GOG.com Community Discussions
More information GOG.com Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Disc check
Developer website Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate DRM-free
GOG.com DRM-free Windows and OS X.
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg EU release with stability fixes from the US version.
Information The Steam release is a blend between the 1.0 European Patch and the 1.1 US patch, the latter missing some of the more obvious changes.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Skip Intro[1]

  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]

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

Official 1.01[edit]

Information The only official patch, released by Elixir before its demise in 2005. It fixes a number of issues, however certain issues still remain.

Bonus CD[edit]

Advantage A free expansion to the game, it provides a new unit, a new trap, and various other additions.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\DynamicResources\Config
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\DynamicResources\Layouts\
OS X

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

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

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Fix Widescreen resolution

  1. Download the Universal Resolution Changer and extract it to <path-to-game>\ReleaseExe
  2. Open resolution.ini and set your desired values.

Notes

Information A windowed mode can be forced through the configuration file.

Windowed[edit]

Fix Through the resolution changer

  1. Download the Universal Resolution Changer and extract it to <path-to-game>\ReleaseExe
  2. Open resolution.ini
  3. Look for the line Windowed and change it to Windowed=1

Notes

Information Starting up any video recording software, or a borderless application, after the game has already been launched, may force Evil Genius to crash.

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion No native support
Controller
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound Native support Up to 7.1 output.[2]
Subtitles No native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support
EAX support Native support EAX 4

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support No native support
French Native support Native support No native support
German Native support Native support No native support Some dialogues are disabled by default. See this.
Italian Native support No native support No native support A text translation is available here.
Spanish Native support Native support No native support

Issues unresolved[edit]

Dissapearing grass[edit]

Information This issue only seems to persist when rotating the camera inside the lair while viewing whatever is outside.

Issues fixed[edit]

Corrupt main menu screen and missing audio[edit]

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

Enabling speech on the German version[edit]

Fix Instructions[3]

  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

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

Information Caused by a resolution change while in the main menu rendering the game unplayable.

Fix Deleteting configuration file

  1. Delete Current.opt in the configuration files location.
  2. Follow the Widescreen resolution fix in order to set up a custom resolution.

Generic Application Error[edit]

Fix Instructions

Missing grass (Windows)[edit]

Fix Instructions

  1. See compatibility mode.
  2. Set <path-to-game>\ReleaseExe\EvilGeniusExeStub-Release.exe to run as Windows Vista.

Playtime not being tracked (Steam)[edit]

Fix Launch Evil Genius twice.

Other information[edit]

Enabling the developer console[edit]

Fix Instructions[4]

  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

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

Custom camera height[edit]

Fix Instructions

  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

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

Changing the default Debug.log location[edit]

Disadvantage By default on Windows this file is created into the main drive.

Fix Instructions

  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=<custom-path>

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. Intro Skip Instructions
  2. World Dominating Audio in Evil Genius - SoundBlaster
  3. Evil Planet - News
  4. Evil Planet Wiki - Debug Mode