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Oasis

Genre
Perspective
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J2ME
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Windows
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3.7
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Description

Oasis is a strategy/puzzle game depicting the journey of an Egyptian prince to unite the fragmented kingdoms of his father's domain. Players explore the sorcerous fog that has descended on these kingdoms, uniting lost cities to fend off barbarian hordes.

Searching the kingdom uses a mechanic similar to Minesweeper, but with the difference that there are no harmful clicks. Each click removes fog from one space and reveals some information about what may be found in nearby spaces. Alternatively, once the player has removed enough fog to reveal useful terrain features, they may use a turn to instead build roads between cities, search them for hidden treasures, or take other actions to prepare for the barbarian hordes.

When the player runs out of turns, the barbarians arrive (from where?) and attack. The player will have ten seconds to move people to the nearest city (if the player built the right roads!) and then it's out of your hands. Victory depends on having made the right preparations. So while every click on the map is good, they may not all be equally good for your current situation.

The full version of the game includes the Pharaoh's Challenge, a selection of campaign games each telling a different story, and each using different variant rules on the basic game.

Screenshots

Oasis Windows Spikes to defeat 10 barbarians
Oasis Windows Battle
Oasis Windows Options Menu (Golden Glyph Edition - see trivia)
Oasis J2ME I've found a city.

Alternate Titles

  • "Oasis: Golden Glyph Limited Edition" -- Beta Tester Thanks Version release title
  • "Defense of the Oasis" -- iPad title

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The Press Says

Game Tunnel Windows Aug 02, 2005 10 out of 10 100
IGN J2ME Jan 02, 2007 7.2 out of 10 72
GameDaily Windows Apr 04, 2006 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

When the game was released, a special edition was available for the people who took part in the beta testing of the game. It was called Oasis: Golden Glyph Limited Edition . Basically it's exactly the same as the ordinary version except the glyphs at the right side of the screen are golden shiny.

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Contributed to by Tim Stellmach (111) and Kabushi (121564)