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Start practicing your evil laugh! As the world's greatest criminal mastermind, choose a lair, hire a minion, and steal the world's largest ball of aluminum foil! (Or, destroy the world. FINE.)

"Diabolical" is a 130,000-word interactive novel by Nick Aires, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Famous, feared, or filthy rich—why not all three? You've got the money and the motives to build an evil empire worthy of the most ruthless villain the world has ever seen. Crush the good guys and terrorize the populace! Stamp a big red "FAIL" on your enemies' foreheads! Plunder your way to world domination – or sit back and pet your kitty while your henchmen do it for you.

Will you be a high-tech daredevil, a ruthless military soldier, or an apparition terrifying to behold? What calling card will you leave at the scene of your crimes? Whatever your choices, the results will be diabolical.

  • Play a villainous story of scheming, grandstanding, and laughing evilly.
  • Interview and hire the best possible (or best available) minion.
  • Decide when to use trickery, when to use force, and when to hide behind henchmen.
  • Choose the ultimate, guaranteed-to-be-infamous nickname.
  • Play as male or female, with straight, gay, and bisexual romance options.
  • Destroy the world!
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System requirements for macOS

  • OS: 10.6

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04

System requirements for Android

2.3 and up

System requirements for iOS

iPhone 4, iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, Watch 4, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen
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Last Modified: Aug 28, 2019

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Tomorrow, the World
At last, you'll receive the recognition you deserve.
Ricky Rat
Cartoons are wonderful.
Mission Failed
Victory goes to your enemies.
Leave It Alone
Power like that isn't worth messing with.
Have you considered a career in mad science?
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Diabolical reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Spain
As A story it is not a particularly noteworthy game, but it comes well laden with a sense of humour. The problem is that as a game there are no options. Most times when you can choose which course to take, your choice does not matter the least. At Any given time you can choose to go to one of three different villages to take a hit. Choose What you choose you face the same situations and, worse still, the result is the same regardless of what you decide to do. This same case is given in the vast majority of the game. I Don't recommend it to anyone looking for a minimally interactive story.
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Microsoft from French
Good, diabolical... I had finished it a long time ago and I had not put a recommendation, why I do not know too much... so I Redid the game story well all remember:) I push open doors, full English game, without sound neither music nor Visual effects or graphics... and still text. The level of English is not especially rebutant, relatively easy to read which is a plus. The story is not excessively long and the number of choices turns out to be quite limited until late in the game. In the grand finale however it diversifies much more and the different purposes are based mainly on your stats and not necessarily on the choices you made during the game. Despite all the history remains friendly:) I recommend this little game if you like the choice of games:)
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Microsoft from Russian
Brief? Disappointment. What did you expect (1)? Evil Genius If someone remembers such a strategy. What did you expect (2)? At least some kind of economy. I thought we were going to build our Evil Empire, hire Special Minions and play "Cat and mouse" with some kind of spy, French-born, although you could be Russian. What did I get? A Comic book for kids that could have come out years 30-40 ago and would have been a success. 15-20 pages that made me smile and laugh. Absolutely linear plot where you can not even perish (or I did not succeed) and any of your decision does not change anything. Any choice in the end will have the same result. 8 (Like) acchivments who want to make me pass the game to the end, because you will only get them at the end of the game. How thrilling. Even the HeroRise was much better. Not to mention the Uzheo sequels of Hero Project & HeroFall. The next one Is silent about The Tin Star and Choice of Robots or Zombie Exodus. Yes, these games have little to do with Diabolical, but they are more interesting. They don't force you to start thinking, "When are you going to end up?" or "When is something interesting happening?" At least Diabolical made me. As a result. "The Game" is not good and I can't even call it bad. CoG can do better.
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