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Black Gold

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
J2ME
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4.5
Atari ST
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4.5
DOS
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3.5
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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 One of my oil fields is burning!
Black Gold DOS checking your fields
Black Gold Amiga The newspaper
Black Gold Amiga Our main task: selling oil

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

Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1989 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1989 9 out of 12 75
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1994 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Atari ST 1989 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 66 out of 100 66
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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