World War III: Black Gold is a real-time strategy game with a futuristic theme. In the year 2015 the oil reserves are exhausted. Therefore, the USA, in the name of the United Nations, confiscated all oil sources in the world. The player must choose a side and lead it to victory in the global confrontation that followed.
With one of the three parties (USA, Russia or Iraq), the player can go through two campaigns, each having five missions. As in many other strategy games, the player can construct bases and other buildings. It is also possible to spent resources in research (weapons or technologies). The player has a choice between fifteen units types and thirteen kinds of buildings in the game. Every party has a specific skill: the Americans can overtake buildings, the Russians have chemical weapons, and the Iraqis are good in camouflage.