Mastermind: World conqueror is a brilliant example of how entertaining and unique flash and online games can be. It’s what I’d call an evil genius game, in that it is in the same vein as the game, Evil Genius.
This is one of the most entertaining flash games you can play, and if you haven’t done so already, I’d highly recommend playing it blind. You can do so at Kongregate over here. Otherwise, read on for one of the most rip roaringly funny, unique and entertaining games you can find online.
A very strong start
The humor starts the moment you jump into Mastermind (no not that Mastermind). With a clean, easy on the eye art style, full voice acting and beautifully written dialogue, the tutorial spends a few minutes taking you through the basics of the game before throwing you in at the deep end. Immediately presenting you with your very own minions (which makes this brain in a jar pulse with excitement) and allowing you to assign them to wherever you like, such as base defense, organizing your global operations, running your legitimate businesses, or sending them out on missions.
You can equip your minions with weapons your earn from stealing research, though that is the limit of the customization. In this case however, the game gets a free pass as the minions are already beautifully designed and fit in with the games art style perfectly. When sending them out on missions, you are even presented with voiced cut scenes, overflowing with the laughably delightful cliche’s you’d expect from the low level grunts of a James Bond-esk supervillian.
Endearing to a fault, your minions are lovable, stupid, and hugely expendable. Mousing over them when out in the field will cause them to look up at you, salute, and give a heatfelt “Hail Mastermind!” It’s the little touches like these that make for a truly great game.
Evil, Bases, Defences, Minions, all words you want included in your game
Yes, you get minions, yes, you get to build evil bases inside hollow volcanoes and on the moon, yes, you get giant fricken lasers. You must build your base, steal, kidnap and bribe the powers of the world to climb your way to the top of the evil food chain. The more drastic action you take, say, kidnapping Argentinas’ El Presedent’e, the more notoriety you gain. As your notoriety increases, the world powers will begin sending more and tougher troops to destroy you. They may start off with infantrymen, but it’s not long before your being assaulted with Ninjas, chain gun wielding Commandoes, Tanks, Jets and all manner of crazy unit types.
Unless you’re on the moon, then you’re fighting SPACE NINJAS
But for as zany as the enemy troops are, they are beaten hand and foot by your own Patsies and Henchmen. From generic suits to vampires, cyborgs, femme fatales and, well, pretty much the kitchen sink to! All with their own distinct art, voice acting, flavour text and personality. And all highly, highly expendable.
You get to execute incompetent followers…..no, really!
And it is not just a novelty either, it is a core mechanic. There is only so much your minions can do on their own. If you truly want to be successful, you’ll need to start assigning patsies to oversee their missions. Should the patsie fail, or displease you, or heck, just because you feel like it, you can drop them into a tank full of sharks at any given point. As time goes on, your patsies may also become disloyal, requiring you to fulfill your role as the Evil master, and set an example for the rest of them.
The game can also be quite challenging, don’t expect taking over the world to be easy. Your notoriety meter will always fill up no matter what you do, and the more aggressive you are, the more deadly opponents you’ll have to face. You’ll need to manage your funds, minions, defense and missions methodically and ruthlessly. You’ll need to build turrets and hire powerful henchmen to supplement your minions in defending your base. It’s a juggling act fit for only the most Evil of Evil minds.
But if you succeed, you are rewarded with one of the greatest, most hilarious endings to any game ever created!
And if you just wanted to dip your toe into the evil genius realm without the worry of having your walls blown apart by government agents, you could always just get your own evil laugh.