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Big Oil is a simulation where the player manages a company in the oil business. The first part is played like most tycoon games: the player finds himself on a undeveloped piece of land and constructs all the buildings and infrastructure necessary for a functional oil production. This includes a city for the workers. Then, in theory, the player can lean himself back and watch how the business is developing.

But because the player manages a big company there are many such production sites to care for. And because the whole game is played in real-time - the slowest setting is one day per second - this results in a hectic gameplay where fast decisions have to be made. Especially when a few events happen at the first time, e.g. a new research result or a country sells a new drilling permit.

The game features a free playing mode from 1900 to 2000 (without AI opponents) and 17 historical scenarios, e.g. directly after Pearl Harbor. Additionally the player can choose between two playing modes. In the extended mode the player has to care about everything on every branch, the easy mode focuses more about the overall economic management.


Big Oil Windows by moving the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen, or by using the arrow keys, the player can examine different parts of the game area
Big Oil Windows Luckily there's an assistant to help the novices
Big Oil Windows Letting the mouse cursor hover over a button causes little help windows to open up
Big Oil Windows Each scenario starts by repeating the historical contextual information and stating the objective(s)

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Alternate Titles

  • "Oil Tycoon 2" -- European title
  • "A Legend Returns: Oil Tycoon 2" -- Tag-lined European title

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Gameswelt Feb 28, 2005 68 out of 100 68
Game Captain Feb 28, 2005 68 out of 100 68
PC Games (Germany) Apr 15, 2005 62 out of 100 62
GBase - The Gamer's Base Mar 08, 2005 6 out of 10 60
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 2005 60 out of 100 60 Feb 28, 2005 58 out of 100 58
PC Powerplay Mar, 2005 36 out of 100 36
Yiya Mar 05, 2005 F 0


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Patrick Bregger (159481) added Big Oil (Windows) on Oct 18, 2009