Giveaway of the Day - The Oil Blue

The Oil Blue
December 25, 2013

The Oil Blue is an indie action-sim that has you drilling for oil in the world’s oceans, selling barrels of oil on the market, and exploring new islands once you completed objectives set by your employer, the United Oil of Oceania company. Set in the ocean in the near future, the world’s dependency on oil has grown to an even larger amount. It’s up to you and a crew of men to travel the ocean, find abandoned oil drilling islands, and reclaim them for the United Oil of Oceana company.

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System Requirements: 2k/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8
Publisher: Vertigo Gaming
Homepage: http://www.vertigogaming....
File Size: 79.5 MB
Price: $8.95

This software was available as a giveaway on December 25, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.vertigogaming.net/b....

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  1. Merry Christmas! GOTD and GOTD Moderator(s) and community users. I wish you all, health and happiness and a better financial situation so you can …continue not buying software, but to help save/improve life by adopting dogs, cats etc. and even >human< children. God bless you!

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    Merry Christmas!

    Comment by idluckyone — December 25th, 2013 at 3:55 am
  2. Sorry folks, no review today, I didn’t realize there was going to be a giveaway today. We are off out to my in laws for Christmas dinner and won’t be back till late tonight.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Please do leave feedback. I’ll moderate later this evening.

    Here’s a quick review of the game posted 16 hours into the giveaway:

    Oil Blue:

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    Introduction:

    The Oil Blue is an indie action-sim that has you drilling for oil in the world’s oceans, selling barrels of oil on the market, and exploring new islands once you completed objectives set by your employer, the United Oil of Oceania company. Set in the ocean in the near future, the world’s dependency on oil has grown to an even larger amount. It’s up to you and a crew of men to travel the ocean, find abandoned oil drilling islands, and reclaim them for the United Oil of Oceana company.
    Once you land on an island, you have a set amount of days and oil barrels to make during your stay. Fire up those old drilling machines and start making oil underwater, watch the oil barrel market and sell at the highest price, repair machines and do it all within the time you’re given…or the UOO will boot you off the island for a better crew. Sell more barrels to achieve higher ranks and perks, upgrade your machines, and conquer the ocean!

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    The Game:

    There’s never been another game quite like The Oil Blue. This strategy sim revolves around the oil industry, primarily pumping, barrelling, and selling crude oil. This probably doesn’t sound like your cup of tee; it –in fact– sounds like one of the dullest gameplay experiences ever. But it’s not. It’s lovely, it’s unusual, and it’s surprisingly enjoyable.

    The Oil Blue’s plot reads more like something from an industry analyst’s report than a work of fiction. Set in the near future, the game tells you that mankind has become even more dependent on oil than before after the “oil price crash of 2024.” As a result, United Oil of Oceania is sending teams to abandoned oil islands in order to pump as much extra black gold as can be found, which is where you come in.

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    Players arrive on an island and are saddled with a task –such as earning a specific amount of money or selling a certain number of oil barrels– within a number of days. At the beginning of the game, you will start with a couple of machines to control oil drilling and pumping. The machines’ workings are explained quickly and efficiently, and monitoring the information they present becomes both fast-paced, addictive, and fun.

    These machines have a series of gauges that you have to keep constant vigil over in order to keep things running smoothly. These machines will tell you when to start pumping for oil, when you need to repair drills (or derricks, pump jacks, and rigs) via a fast-action minigame, when batteries need to be changed out, etc. If a drill breaks or runs out of power, any oil due to be pumped and barrelled is lost.

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    Aside from all this, you’ll also have to sell oil on the market in order to make the largest possible profit. This is accomplished by making a sale when oil is valued at a high amount per barrel. This is, essentially, a waiting game that one plays with the market, holding out until values reach a high level while making sure you don’t run out of storage space. All the islands you own will also net you a tidy profit, though this income is heavily taxed by UOO and doesn’t bring in nearly as much money as shrewd market manipulation will.

    There’s also a slight role-playing game (RPG) element to the game thanks to the fact that players earn experience points to gain ranks and level-up their equipment. Increasing ranks will also unlock in-game bonuses.

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    One thing that particularly took me by surprise was The Oil Blue’s style. The music was surprisingly subtle, and actually felt a bit soothing as I listened. The same could be said about the graphics, which are simultaneously lovely and simple (though never basic or ugly).

    Games like The Oil Blue are always a pleasant surprise. We often expect nothing from them and they deliver an experience that is nothing sort of a joy. Vertigo games should be proud of what they’ve created here, and anyone interested in playing something great should check this out.

    Reference accessed Comment by whiterabbit-uk — December 25th, 2013 at 5:33 am

  3. Merry Christmas! have always read your reviews and found them more than helpful. enjoy your day.

    Comment by Barbara — December 25th, 2013 at 5:57 am

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