Big Oil: Build an Oil Empire Image
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  • Summary: Big Oil leads you into times of the oil industry pioneers. Start your career in one of the historical scenarios or face the challenge of modern times. Found your very own company and lead it to the biggest oil imperium on earth. Whether in single player or multiplayer, demonstrate your strategic ability to become the next "Anaconda" Rockefeller of the BIG OIL world. Build an oil empire. Turn crude to cash. Seventeen historical and modern scenarios from the beginning of the 20th Century until today. Challenging game modes such as historical scenarios, easy or advanced mode, single-player or multiplayer up to 6 players. Extra class graphics with the 3D-Oxygene-Engine. Over 300 different buildings and vehicles out of 3 centuries. Exact historical events such as earthquakes, wars and other catastrophes with direct influence on your company. Complex simulation of real cities like Los Angeles with job market, infrastructure and schools. [Tri Synergy] Expand
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  1. 40
    If your fetish for black gold is such that none of these problems dissuade you from getting one of the few games ever made on the oil business, you'll find a decent selection of scenarios, a free play mode, and even multiplayer. The rest of us should simply avoid the title and use the savings for gas money.
  2. It’s an overly straightforward and dull simulation with enough downtime for you to ponder the greater fun you’ll be having playing “Railroads!” in a couple of months. [Dec. 2006, p.78]
  3. 33
    I'd still love to see a game that actually dealt with the complex issues oil companies have faced in the last 100 years, but Big Oil definitely isn't it.
  4. Difficult controls and gameplay that somehow manages to be hectic and boring at the same time are packaged in an uninspiring shell of so-so graphics and sounds (which were so unremarkable that the developers had the good sense to include an option to mute them entirely).
  5. Big Oil is a big bust ... of Enron proportions.
  6. Developer Dartmoor Studios seemingly cranked this one out for the sole purpose of filling the space between "Airport Tycoon" and "Coffee Tycoon" on the budget game shelf at Wal-Mart. [Nov. 2006, p.76]
  7. How bad is this game? Well, if you try to ship oil from Alaska to Tokyo, the boat doesn't cross the Pacific, it heads east, around Latin America and Africa. That's right, the game's developers think the world is flat.

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