Evil Genius was originally a Dungeon Keeper [Free] style strategy game, released back in 2004, where instead of being the hero taking down the villain, you controlled a dastardly supervillain taking down superheroes and trying to conquer the world. Well, Dungeon Keeper got a controversial modernized version earlier this year, and now Evil Genius is going free-to-play as well with Evil Genius Online, which has soft launched in Canada. The game has been available in an open beta on Facebook for a while now, so this is just the game spreading its reach to other systems – and it syncs progress across platforms, too.

Evil Genius Online

The game does have many of the expected elements of a free-to-play game: multiple currencies, base building, wait timers,and the like. It'll be possible to build out an evil lair, customize it, and go on missions, joining syndicates to work with other players. Certainly, the purists who dislike free-to-play games won't be happy about it, but the reaction is unlikely to be as vitriolic, I imagine. Dungeon Keeper has a bigger cult pedigree, and this has at least been a reality for a while. Still, expect a little bit of unpleasantness, though the concept sounds really neat as someone unfamiliar with the original. Our forums are chatting up this one if you're curious about this one.

  • Based Xatu

    It's in the us too. The UI and presentation overall made me feel like it was an indie game.

    • Woodrith

      What do you mean? In a good or bad way?

      • Based Xatu

        Oops. Sorry, I meant a crappy indie game, like about a $100 budget.

  • fearlesskk

    Why does this game doesn't allow ipod touch 5g but other crappy phones. I am tired of this ****

  • ZZKiel

    Man I enjoyed the hell out of the original Evil Genius game

  • Design by Adrian

    "Certainly, the purists who dislike free-to-play games won't be happy about it, but the reaction is unlikely to be as vitriolic, I imagine. Dungeon Keeper has a bigger cult pedigree"

    So the only reason why the move to F2P for this game is not as bad as for Dungeon Keeper is because the fan base is smaller??

  • Mannimal

    I loved the original game. I had the misfortune of playing this version on Facebook not so long back. It's just a FarmVille re skin. Thumbs down!

  • Nathan Lunde-Berry

    Hopefully they learned something while making this so that when they eventually try to really make it this will all have been worth it. Rebellion you absolute scum.