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"Daily" Diversions: Drillin' Drillin' Drillin' submitted by: kid dexterity

Though produced by the same developer as yesterday's esoteric Daily Diversion, Italian game developer La Molleindustria, their darkly humorous manifestation called Oiligarchy provides a more straightforward "game" experience with a sardonic serving of socio-political commentary to boot.

The developer sums it up best:

Oiligarchy is a playable commentary on the oil industry. The player takes the role of an "oiligarch" managing the extraction business in the homeland and overseas and lobbies the government to keep the carbon-fossil based economy as profitable as possible. Oiligarchy can be considered an extended business sim/tycoon game since the player makes decisions and performs actions that are not always in the domain of business. This mixed gameplay is meant to highlight the intricate relations between war, politics, and energy corporations. The purely economical activities range from finding new oil fields to building extraction plants and managing resources. As domestic resources decline, the player is forced to expand their business in foreign countries to meet the demands of the market. The overseas operations could require the political or military support from the government and various crisis management actions.

I've played this games dozens of times and while some aspects of management may get a little tedious the game never gets old as the outcome is rarely certain. The confluence of so many variables - the shifting political climate of the US, the volatile political climate of overseas oil interests, the satisfaction of the oil company's board of directors (for whom you work), the current oil demand, price of oil, and Gross National Product - all contribute to your wealth accumulation and ultimately the fate of the world. There are at least four different endings to Oiligarchy, see if you can find them all!

Posted: february 10 2010, 10:25 am