Black Gold

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Platforms
Critic Score User Score
Commodore 64
...
4.2
Amiga
80
4.0
J2ME
...
4.5
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Description

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 Amiga Choose your company's name and logo
Black Gold DOS current info on contracts, sites and tanks
Black Gold Commodore 64 Oilfield in flames...
Black Gold Atari ST Loading screen

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Games Preview Amiga Aug, 1989 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1989 835 out of 1000 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Oct, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 8.6 out of 12 72
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1994 70 out of 100 70
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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Contributed to by Christian Klein (5984), Martin Smith (63024), MAT (108532) and Tom Weber (178)