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Four oil companies (each of which can he human or computer controlled) do battle to dominate the lucrative oil industry, buying and selling oilfields around the world. You can choose one of four main goals, from topping the market in 3 years to total domination. Plenty of dirty tricks to help you are on offer, from setting fire to opponent's rigs to stealing the storage tanks which hold the oil in place. Private investigators can be hired to either prevent to prove these things.

Although primarily a strategy game, a few short action sequences are also included. These come into play when attempting to drill for oil (you can hire a specialist to do this instead, but the cost is prohibitive in the early stages), to build oil pipelines around those of your opponents, and to extinguish any fires opponents start on your rig.

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Black Gold Commodore 64 In each region you can buy 24 oil wells.
Black Gold Amiga Sign a contract
Black Gold Commodore 64 Receiving an oil well for compensation.
Black Gold Commodore 64 Be quick and extinguish the burning wells.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Oil Imperium" -- International title
  • "Black Gold: Sabotage, Speculation and Strategy in the Oil Industry" -- Tag-lined title

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Games Preview Amiga Aug, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Commodore User Amiga Sep, 1989 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Oct, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1994 70 out of 100 70
100 aktuelle PC-Spiele DOS 1990 7 out of 10 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 66 out of 100 66
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 6 out of 10 60
Pocket Gamer UK J2ME Jul 01, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Power Play DOS Dec, 1991 48 out of 100 48

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