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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.8

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Games Preview (Aug, 1989)
Grafikken i spillet er helt i top med mange detaljer. Fx føler man sig som en hel konge, når man har vatgt sit flotte kontor. Lyd er der ikke så meget af, men det er der heller ikke brug for i dette spil, øg den lyd, der er, er overvejende god. Musikken er lidt i underkanten, men lydeffekterne er ret fede.
Buying oil fields, selling refineries, or destroying your opponents company are but a few of the options open to you within this first class attempt at imitating the life of an oil tycoon. This one is worth a look as long as you don't take losing millions of dollars too personally. Highly recommended.
Commodore User (Sep, 1989)
Oil Imperium mixes strategy with arcade action and the result is a real winner that will have you hooked for weeks. If you want something to get your teeth into then this is the game for you. By the way, don't worry if all this sounds a bit like Dallas, it isn't a dream, it just plays like one.
Zero (Nov, 1989)
An unusual but addictive arcade strategy game. Now there's a new game category.
Rainbow Arts, who don't exactly have a fantastic track record in this sort of field, have taken a very unusual subject, lavished lots of time and attention on it and come up with an extremely slick, absorbing and original game.
Amiga Computing (Nov, 1989)
Graphically stunning, this game exhibits a degree of polish which is far beyond that of the average offering, while the gameplay - taking a poor second place - is sufficient to sustain interest at a reasonable level. The only major failing is the time taken between screens and the bad structuring of some of the menus. ReLine, after their last hit, Hollywood Poker Pro, proves once again that a mixture of good graphics and loose morals can produce a highly playable product.
Your Amiga (Oct, 1989)
Strategical games either fail for being to complex, or not being complex enough. Oil Imperium succeeds for the fact that it strikes a good balance between these two, whilst being a very free-flowing fun game at the same time. Now where did I put that Coke can, it must be worth a fortune by now?
Wer sich ein wenig für solche "Business-Simulationen" begeistern kann, dem kann ich dieses Game wirklich nur anraten. Neben einem schönen Sound hat RELINE sich in Bezug auf Grafik und Komplexität einiges einfallen lassen. Viele schöne Features sprechen für das "Spiel der weißen Westen". Neben der geschäftlichen Seite gibt's in OIL IMPERIUM auch Actionmäßiges, wie zum Beispiel beim Bohren (mit Joystick). Ich zumindest habe beim Testen viel Spaß gehabt!
Optisch kommt das Spiel auch nach heutigen Gesichtspunkten noch vergleichsweise erfreulich daher, es gibt verschiedene, hübsch gezeichnete und in einigen Versionen sogar animierte Büros als Hintergrundgrafiken sowie recht nette Arcade-Einlagen. Auch die unterschiedlichen Musikstücke samt Titelsound und FX rangieren nach wie vor im Okay-Bereich, einzig die PC-Version fällt technisch etwas ab. Doch wenn man bedenkt, daß der Schmierstoff jetzt zum Dumpingpreis sprudelt, ist eine Karriere als Ölbaron immer noch ein bis zwei Überlegungen wert!
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Power Play (Jul, 1989)
Ein Wirtschaftsspiel mit Geschicklichkeits-Einlagen: Das ist eine nette Mischung. Die Zwischenspielchen sind zwar nicht sonderlich originell, sorgen aber gerade mit mehreren Leuten für einigen Spaß. Wer bei Spielen wie "Ports of Call" gerne Tanker rangiert hat, wird auch diese Einlagen zu schätzen wissen. Ansonsten wird bei Oil Imperium wenig geboten, was man nicht schon von anderen Wirtschaftsspielen kennt.
Amiga Format (Oct, 1989)
Initially, Oil Imperium is good fun. The computer players are tough but not as devious as real human players and if you play with a couple of friends you'll have a great time. There are several games to play - different victory conditions but even so it soon becomes boring and after a couple of good sessions you'll find the gameplay very repetitive. Nicely done and highly enjoyable in the short term, but lacks the detail to keep your interest up.