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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 DOS current info on contracts, sites and tanks
Black Gold Atari ST Isn't that a truism?
Black Gold Amiga More statistics
Black Gold Amiga Because of illegal actions, Inter Oil loses one well

Alternate Titles

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

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Commodore User Amiga Sep, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Zero Amiga Nov, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Zero Atari ST Nov, 1989 79 out of 100 79
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 Atari ST 1993 70 out of 100 70
airgamer J2ME Jul 03, 2007 65 out of 100 65
Power Play DOS Dec, 1991 48 out of 100 48

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