11/10/2010

Amiga: Oil Imperium a.k.a. Black Gold (1989)

Back in the days making money seemed so much easier - even in a business simulation like...

Oil Imperium / Black Gold


Have you ever dreamed of being an oil tycoon, making millions of dollars a day? If this is so, then I have the perfect classic game for you. Oil Imperium, is a mix of strategy features and a few action elements, which kept me highly motivated from the very beginning on.


The idea behind this simulation is simple, sell as much oil as possible, eliminate your rivals and become richer than you could ever imagine!


But before you begin, pick one out of four companies: All American, Interoil, Explora Inc. or Transoil and start managing.



Every tycoon needs a prestigious office, of course. Would you rather like it old-fashioned with fireplace or a trendy skyscraper office?



Now choose from four different objectives: A three-year game, play until a player reaches 80% market share, until you reach 60 million dollars or until your company is the only one left. So when all these decisions have been made, you should acquire licenses, tanks and of course oil fields in one of the eight oil producing regions.



Of course, only insane gamblers would randomly favor a region. Make a little phone call and let experts draw up an expertise. Your money will be well-invested. By the way, still having that phone in your hands - would you not like to make a call to your mafia friends? Business is a serious matter and I have the feeling, that your enemies oil fields could use some sabotage. Ignite them! Destruct their oil tanks! Manipulate their balance sheets... it is all just a matter of how much money you want to spend. But do not get caught, this will have consequences.

A little action comes along with the manual drilling. This can save you lots of money, or you could again just pay for the job. It is also quite possible, that your company becomes the victim of counter sabotage. Hire "Ted Redhair" to extinguish your burning oil wells, or do it yourself using dynamite.



Summarizing, Oil Imperium is one of the most entertaining strategy games for the Amiga. It is rich in variety and has an addicting character. Now go ahead, sell some oil and become rich - it is quite easy!


33 comments:

  1. This looks like an interesting game. I've never really played those types of games except for maybe Zoo Tycoon when I was young, I think.

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  2. I kinda dig this game, looks pretty sweet

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  3. This game looks very cool, i enjoy this type of game

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  4. looks boring to me :( waiting for your next post :P

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  5. looks awesome, this game
    this post remembered me of that carmen san-diego game..

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  6. Ohh.. I remember this game.

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  7. wow brings back memories

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  8. Wow, thats like a sweet variation of monopoly. Sounds pro. I would love to have it be online so I could play with friends. Set up an online game for 4 people... :D

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  9. Games like this consumed my childhood

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  10. This is similar to a game I used to play on the C64 called Barons, which was such a fun game.

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  11. I showed my older brother this, and he was like " ARE YOU SERIOUS? IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS GAME FOR AGES!!!!!" he was really screaming lol.

    Thanks for doing my day!

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  12. I remember playing this once, not really my kind of game, but good none the less.

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  13. i think ive played this one before, amiga had some great games

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  14. the game looks very complex... not exactly what you would expect on an atari :D

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  15. Looks like a great game!

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  16. LoL, I love this kind of old games.

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  17. cool the oil game!!! love it

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  18. I used to play this game!

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  19. interesting stuff, I'll check back tomorrow

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  20. I played a similar game like this. It was also about drilling oil, and you could use your money to fund campaigns, or hire mercenaries, and lots of other stuff.

    It's called Oiligarchy. You can play it here if you want.

    http://www.addictinggames.com/oiligarchy.html

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