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Black Gold

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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 Atari ST Accessing game modules is in a Windows-style layout
Black Gold Amiga Drilling can be very difficult
Black Gold DOS buying fields
Black Gold Atari ST Drilling for oil (high resolution)

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1989 9 out of 12 75
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 70 out of 100 70
64'er Commodore 64 Jan, 1993 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1994 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Commodore 64 1989 68 out of 100 68
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 66 out of 100 66
airgamer J2ME Jul 03, 2007 65 out of 100 65
Pocket Gamer UK J2ME Jul 01, 2007 5 out of 10 50

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