Evil Genius

Version 1.1: Steam and Retail

Application Details:

Version: Steam / Retail
License: Retail
Votes: 10
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.11-staging

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Test Results

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What works

Launching the game works fine. Despite graphical glitches and errors at the loading screen and intro video.

What does not

I have note yet been able to start a new game because my mouse pointer seems to be locked in the middle of the screen. I can't figure out how to fix that problem.


What was not tested

Everything but launching the game is untested since the mouse pointer is stuck.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Note that I made a DVD out of the two cd's and then mounted that iso. The installation went fine. I just "wine autorun.exe" and I got a nice GUI to click through. Then I launched the game. Note that you might need to configure your mounted directory so that wine recognizes it as a cd-rom and not just a folder. Other games do have problems with this. Next problem to deal with is how to get the mouse pointer to work.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 14 20183.11-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumsiphr 
ShowMac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion"Feb 05 20141.7.11Yes Yes PlatinumJoe 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 22 20131.6-rc2Yes Yes PlatinumSean 
ShowMac OS X 10.7 "Lion"May 06 20121.5.3Yes Yes GoldJan Baykara 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Sep 25 20101.3.2Yes Yes PlatinumJonathan Rosen 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

How To Install and Customize

Installing the Game via Steam

  1. Install Steam. The official Wine instructions should work. I happened to use use these instructions.
  2. From within Steam, click the game to install it.
  3. You can stop here and play the game normally (by launching with Steam). To launch from the command line use
    (cd ~/".wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/evil genius" && wine ./EvilGeniusLauncher.exe)

Installing the Game via CD

I have the Steam version of the game, so I haven't tested the below. In your test results specify which of the below steps you did and didn't take, and their result.
  1. Make sure use are using version 1.1. If you aren't then install the version 1.1 patch.
  2. Install a no cd crack. These cracks often contain viruses, be very careful.
  3. If you find a "nocd" that works and does not contain malware, please post a link.
  4. Below are instructions from the previous maintainer:

    Install native quartz.dll and msvcrt.dll. You can get these online.

    Once downloaded place these under: /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32

    Perhaps you don't need to do the following step but I did it anyway which is to rename the existing quartz.dll and msvcrt.dll in the same directory for backup and just to be sure that wine picks up the native copies.

    With the files placed in the system32 directory run wine configuration usually accessible from the ubuntu applications menu. You can always type winecfg at the terminal to run it.

    Next step is to tell wine to use native dls. Go to the libraries tab and from the drop down menu select quartz and cick add. Do the same for msvcrt. Once these are added you need to select each file in the list (i-e: quartz and msvcrt) and click Edit from the options given select "Native (Windows)" for both of them.


  • Sometimes the game hangs while launching. Before re-launching the game, end the hung launch by running
    wineboot --kill; wineboot --shutdown
  • If you see only your minion‘s hat, or the minion‘s appear dark or move by rigidly gliding instead of walking, try this:
    1. Run the Wine Configuration utility winecfg In Ubuntu this can be done graphically via Applications ← Wine ← Configure Wine
    2. Click the “Graphics” tab.
    3. In the “Direct3D” section set “Vertex Shader Support” to “Hardware”, and then to enable “Allow Pixel Shader (if supported by hardware)”
    4. Click “OK”
  • Only stereo works. While in stereo, rare (about once an hour) and brief (less than a second) sound glitches occur.

Customizing Your Installation

Increase Default Zoom Out

If you want to increase the game's default zoom out level or max resolution follow the directions below. The thumbnail below demonstrates what the game looks like at greater zoom out and higher resolution. Click the thumbnail below to view the full sized 2560x1600 7.0MB image.
Extra zoom out and widescreen.

To be allowed zoom further out to see more of the island map, make the below changes:
  1. Edit
    /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/evil genius/DynamicResources/Config/Concept.cfg
  2. In the [GameCamera] section change the value to MaxHeight=120.0
  3. In the [Dialog3DCamera] section change the value to MaxHeight=120.0
  4. Note: these changes seem to make the game crash on startup about 5 out of every 6 startup attempts. Once the game is running, it's stable. To quickly retry starting the game I suggest using the command line below to start the game. This ends any previous Wine programs, then by-passing Steam directly launches the game:
    (wineboot --kill; cd ~/".wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/evil genius" && wine ./EvilGeniusLauncher.exe; echo RC $?)

If within the game the moving around while zoomed out this far is slow or choppy, then your video card isn't fast enough to handle this. If this happens, change the 120.0 to number low enough for your video card to handle. You won't zoom out as far, but the movement will get smoother.

Faster Loading

To make the game load faster, in the above mentioned Concept.cfg file, in the [Transitions] section change the values to

To access resolutions not offered within the game setup options

Using the below directions below I played the game using my display's native 2560x1600 resolution. If you have a widescreen monitor and wish to access your display's native resolution follow the below instructions. For more information see the Wide Screen Gaming Evil Genius topic and discussion.
  1. Downloaded version 1, not version 2, of Racer_S ureschanger hack. If you use version 2 then the minion icons in the World Domination screen will be far too large to read.
  2. Edit resolution.ini to use the resolution you want.
  3. Place the d3d9.dll and resolution.ini files in /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/evil genius/ReleaseExe/ where $USER is your login user name.
  4. Run the program winecfg. You can to this via ApplicationsWineConfigure Wine
  5. Select the Libraries tab.
  6. In the New overrides for library drop down list select d3d9.
  7. Click the Add button. This will add the override d3d9 (native, builtin).
  8. Click OK.
  9. Launch the game normally (via Steam). The first time you set this up and run the game it may crash during launch. The second and future times you launch the game it should work.

Note: Trying to switch the game to windowed mode via Alt+Enter will cause the game crash in full screen mode. If you do this, you'll have to:

  1. Use Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to the text console.
  2. Login, then end the wine session via the command wineboot --kill
  3. Return to the graphical desktop via Alt+F7


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