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Oil Barons

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Apple II
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2.2
Commodore 64
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3.8
DOS
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4.0
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Description

Oil Barons is a turn based strategy game for one to eight players. The object of the game is to accumulate the most wealth by locating and drilling for oil. During the game you will need to survey different lands ranging from the arctic to the desert for oil potential, choose the best sites and drill! Congress may pass bills from time to time which forbid drilling in parks and other reserved lands, which may or may not affect a players strategy. Several modes of gameplay are featured, including regular classic, reality mode (oil locations are more randomized at the beginning of the game, and costs are supposed to more closely resemble those in real life), and customized modes. Included with the game is a game board with a 50x40 grid of the landscapes you can drill in, and dozens of game pieces to keep track of which locations belong to a player and where oil has (or has not) been discovered. This makes Oil Barons resemble a board game, but with a computer to do the bookkeeping and add a random element instead of dice.

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Oil Barons Apple II Title screen
Oil Barons Commodore 64 The results of the initial investigations
Oil Barons DOS The computer may hold an auction for new pieces of land
Oil Barons Apple II Surveying...

Alternate Titles

  • "Oil Baron$" -- 16-Bit in-game title

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