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Black Gold

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Amiga - Atari ST - Commodore 64

Alt names Black Gold: Sabotage, Speculation and Strategy in the Oil Industry, Oil Imperium
Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme Managerial
Publisher Rainbow Arts Software GmbH, reLINE Software
Developer reLINE Software
Dosbox support Supported on 0.72
4.49 / 5 - 35 votes

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One of the masterpieces in the niche genre of business management simulation, Black Gold lets you manage the unique and intriguing oil business. When the game was first released as Oil Imperium, it garnered quite a sizable following and soon became one of reLINE's biggest hits-- and for good reason.

What makes Black Gold a classic that is eminently replayable isn't the solid economic model, unique premise, or even realism-- although the game has all three qualities. Rather, it's the game's focus on fun as opposed to complicated details that are the pitfalls in most business sims. You start out by choosing the goal you want to accomplish from four available options: "best after 3 years," "more than $60 million capital," "ruin all other players," and "80% of market share." These goals have different duration of play (e.g. a game of "80% of market share" usually takes the longest to finish) and require different strategies.

The game is turn-based, with each turn representing one month in game time. During a turn, you can choose which action to perform from a wide variety, ranging from the mundane (buy and sell oil fields, buy expert surveys, read the newspaper) to the exotic (sabotage your opponent's oil fields, hire private investigator, etc.) There are special events that occur randomly, such as an offer of delivery contracts that obligate you to provide the agreed amount of oil in a specified region. The game even includes a court system, under which you can lose oil fields if your sabotageur is discovered.

Similar to another classic Ports of Call, Black Gold also spices things up with 3 action sequences that represent business decisions: drilling for oil, laying pipelines, and fighting oilfield fires. You can avoid most of these sequences by hiring someone else to do the job, although I find them to be at just the right balance between fun and challenge.

With a unique premise that is well exploited, solid gameplay, and a lot of fun, Black Gold will delight everyone who likes business simulation, except perhaps those who prefer more realistic and complex games such as Capitalism Plus. Too bad reLINE's the development of Oil Imperium 2 has been canceled :(

Review By HOTUD

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Papasoulman 2023-04-13 0 point DOS version

Have the pdf of the original blackgold 1989 manual and run mine on ryzen 7 laptop with dosbox-0.74-2. Mine runs great i slowed the cycles down, run fullscreen etc etc
and don't forget to use the start.exe to run blackgold
If someone would like the manual and the dosbox config i use then you can email me

Crossman 2022-04-21 -1 point

Agreed AFD, all I get on mine is an arrow and that's it and I'm using Retroarch

OK Millenial 2022-03-24 1 point

Okey, stupid question: If in all the 4 versions the title of the game reads: "Oil Imperium"... Which one was known has Black Gold then? The Germany one...?

I guess that was the most played at the year of his release. So yeah, Black Gold is the canon title then.

McMike 2014-12-22 1 point DOS version

Codes can be found here:

upou 2014-06-29 1 point DOS version

says you need the characters to register that we don't have

afd 2010-12-21 0 point DOS version

uh... this version hasn't been cracked.
you can get the chart here never the less:

seems it dosnt quite work in dosbox

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