Reviews for The Oil Blue

85

Try it

shockedfrog | Jan. 28, 2013 | See all shockedfrog's reviews »

The Oil Blue is a love it or hate it kind of game, and in contrast to the previous reviews, I'm in the former camp. I found the gameplay to be a fun and fresh twist on the time management genre, and the game's style is full of charm, especially in the background and interface. The machine graphics may not be as impressive, but that's in keeping with the game's style - it's an oil drilling machine, it's just meant to be functional. The soundtrack is wonderful and everything together creates an atmosphere that will appeal hugely to some players, myself included.

The game is not without its flaws, of course. The gameplay is not particularly well balanced and while the initial difficulty is good, in the later stages the game starts getting easier (not through skill, but through overpowered upgrades) and unless you set your own challenges, the only thing left to do at that stage is to grind out the last few levels. However, I consider this to be a must-play game, already an enjoyable experience and one which is likely to inspire a truly brilliant game in the future. As always, if in doubt, try the demo.

53

Unique but disappointing

Harjyot | July 20, 2012 | See all Harjyot's reviews »

The Oil Blue has an interesting premise and it is a truly unique game, but it simply fails to live up to its promise. The visuals are not impressive and neither is the sound, and the gameplay is hard to grasp and simply not very exciting, even when you start understanding the mechanics. As a minigame collection, it fails to go above other titles in the genre, and there are simply better minigame collections, though none with this setting. This game could have been a pleasant surprise, but as it stands, it is a disappointment. I have a hard time recommending this title.

21

Generic

ruready12 | July 20, 2012 | See all ruready12's reviews »

This game is not good at all and feels completely generic. The graphics are just awful and a computer from 1997 could play this game. The gameplay is boring and repetitive and for some reason Strategy First tried to implement a level system. Needless to say the level system failed completely and the scenarios are extremely short. The music is probably the only decent thing about this game. I would not recommend this game to anyone.