Game Classification

Big Oil Dartmoor Softworks GmbH & Co. KG, East Entertainment Media GmbH, 2005  

Informations Analyses Serious Gaming





This title is used by the following domains:
  • Entertainment


This title targets the following audience:
Age : 12 to 16 years old / 17 to 25 years old
General Public


The gameplay of this title is Game-based
(designed with stated goals)

The core of gameplay is defined by the rules below:

Similar games

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. [source:mobygames]

Distribution : Retail - Commercial
Platform(s) : PC (Windows)