Oasis (Windows)

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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.


Oasis Windows New weapons such as bows to increase chances of damage
Oasis Windows Sometimes you must find your way through complete fog
Oasis Windows Catapults are slow but cause huge damage
Oasis Windows Crossbows are better versions of bows

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Alternate Titles

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

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Game Tunnel Aug 02, 2005 10 out of 10 100
GameDaily Apr 04, 2006 7 out of 10 70
PCMag.com Jun 01, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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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Tim Stellmach (114) added Oasis (Windows) on Apr 22, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (209311)