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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 These statistics are shown after each turn/month
Black Gold Commodore 64 Receiving an oil well for compensation.
Black Gold Commodore 64 Different winning objectives can customise the game
Black Gold Amiga Bad news for All American Inc.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Oil Imperium" -- International title
  • "Black Gold: Sabotage, Speculation and Strategy in the Oil Industry" -- Tag-lined title

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Games Preview Amiga Aug, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Commodore User Amiga Sep, 1989 85 out of 100 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1989 835 out of 1000 84
Zero Amiga Nov, 1989 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Oct, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 70 out of 100 70
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1993 66 out of 100 66
airgamer J2ME Jul 03, 2007 65 out of 100 65

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