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 Steam Charts
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.
Disadvantage Lacks an official map editor for new scenarios.

General information

More information Evil Planet Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Evil Planet Community Site - Great source of mods and tutorials
More information GOG.com Support Page - Wide array of common fixes
More information GOG.com Community Discussions
More information Steam Users Forums

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM details are not known
Developer website Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate DRM-free
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GOG.com DRM-free Windows and OS X.
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 most 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, the extra bonus content, some small balance changes and more.

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 Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Disadvantage On a Windowed mode the game might crash after being left for too long out of focus.[2]
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 it will appear as paused.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native 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. See Widescreen resolution. Open resolution.ini
  2. Look for the line Windowed and change it to Windowed=1

Notes

Information Starting up Fraps after the game has already been launched may cause Evil Genius to crash.

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native Up to 7.1 output.[3]
Subtitles Hackable A subtitles mod only used for basic announcements.
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native EAX 4

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Impossible
French Native Native Impossible
German Native Native Impossible Some dialogues are disabled by default. See this.
Italian Native Impossible Impossible A text translation is available here.
Spanish Native Native Impossible

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]

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.

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 Open Evil Genius twice.

Enabling speech on the German version[edit]

Fix Instructions[4]

  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

Other information[edit]

Enabling the developer console[edit]

Fix Instructions[5]

  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 C: drive.

Fix Instructions

  1. Open concept.cfg in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following lines and change the path to something else such as this.
Debug output log file=C:/Game Path/DynamicResources

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. Tested by RaTcHeT302.
  3. World Dominating Audio in Evil Genius - SoundBlaster
  4. Evil Planet - News
  5. Evil Planet Wiki - Debug Mode