Oil Rush is a naval strategy game that takes place in a world where nuclear war has melted the ice caps, changing the face of the planet forever. Oil Rush offers unique gameplay, avoiding micromanagement of every single unit, while still providing full control over all important aspects of strategy and economy.
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Mixed (278 reviews) - 50% of the 278 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 25, 2012

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“Oil Rush isn't just a joy to behold in action, but manages to make an old genre feel fresh while looking the part.”
80/100 – Destructoid

About This Game

Oil Rush is a naval strategy game that takes place in a world where nuclear war has melted the ice caps, changing the face of the planet forever. Oil Rush offers unique gameplay, avoiding micromanagement of every single unit, while still providing full control over all important aspects of strategy and economy.

Capture, upgrade, and defend floating production platforms and oil rigs. Discover new technologies and send squads of naval and air units into the battle!

Key Features:

  • State-of-the-art visuals powered by UNIGINE engine
  • Dynamic and fun gameplay – furious enemies, massive battles, rampant attacks!
  • 16 missions of single-player campaign, from the half-flooded jungles to northern seas
  • 15 maps for multiplayer battles, each with multiple winning strategies
  • Multiplayer over LAN and Internet

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 9600 256 MB or Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual-core (Intel)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 512 MB
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 (stable functioning is not guaranteed on Mac OS X 10.9)
    • Processor: 2 GHz (Intel)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 9600 256 MB or Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 (stable functioning is not guaranteed on Mac OS X 10.9)
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual-core (Intel)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 650M 1 GB
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux 2.6 or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 9600 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: Proprietary AMD or NVIDIA video drivers
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux 2.6 or higher
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 512 MB
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection, proprietary AMD or NVIDIA video drivers
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Well-made, amazing, and a great story. The art is great, and has extreme attention-to-detail for an RTS. The story will leave you at a cliff-hander, however. Oil Rush 2 would be a great idea, and I would fully support it!
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71 of 76 people (93%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
It seems (from other reviews - either "recommended" or "not-recommended") that players really don't get the concept of the game. Let me get this clear.

If you happen to know the game called "State of war" you just know how "Oil rush" would be played. Sort of...

What is the difference between this and other RTS?

You don't build anything, you capture the pre-set buildings on the map. Enemy does the same. Buldings can be recaptured infinitely.
Every building (factory) you have under control produces specific unit (for that factory) once at the given time (ie. 1 scout unit every 10 seconds). More factories of the same type = higher maximum limit of specific unit + making of the unit on more places -> faster.
Factories can be defended by turrets.
Turrets are made from oil.
You get oil from oil wells which you have to capture just like factory. Oil well can be recaptured too and cannot be defended by turrets.

So far it looks almost like State of war. Here come the changes:

You can't control every single unit. You can control only groups of units - be it the same type of unit or multiple unit types. Group like this can be sent ONLY to platform (factory, oil well, ...) of yours/of your enemy/neutral one. You cannot move units around the map the way you are used to from "normal" RTS.
If sent on your platform: Units circle around and defend the platform. You prepare attack/invasion this way -> get more units on one place before launching attack.
If sent on enemy platform: Units try to kill enemy (units and turrets) and then start to recapture platform.
If sent on neutral: just like enemy (neutral units may be present that defend the platform)

There are some upgrades and special abilities and so on...

This is not ordinary RTS and many "players" don't get it. This game really reminds me of State od war which is probably totally forgotten these days. But it was just like this - something new.

I still have to go through the whole game and try multiplayer (and get PWNED), but I would recommend this game. You have to be prepared for it though. It is fast-paced, challenging, doesn't give you any rest when you play it.

And just like with other reviews from me - guess what? :-) It runs on Linux without any single problem.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
This game is quite pretty with very nice graphics. Unfortunately, the graphics and building defensive turrets around the bases is all the main screen is used for. Gameplay itself is pretty much restricted to moving units from one base to another via the mini-map. All you can do is select 25%, 50%, or 100% of a base's units or select individual kinds of units rather than individual units themselves, limiting your tactical options. No sending sentries or guards in the middle of a channel. Additionally, each base only constructs one kind of unit. If you lose the one base that makes the cheap anti-unit guys, you are SOL. And no constructing your own bases either, you're stuck with the ones already on the map.
One of the biggest irritations is that units don't engage enemy units en-route unless they sail right on top of the unit, and even then they don't chase them. So a massive enemy force can sail right by your front-line bases with only a couple shots exchanged. So much for a defensive line.
The story is amusing if only because of its ridiculousness. Definitely not worth playing it for.
In the end, the game is just a grind of sending units forward, watching them die, building more units, sending them forward, and then back to retake a base, then forward again. Much better RTSs out there. (Also, for those saying it includes TD elements, sure if a couple pot shots as the enemy drives by counts as defense...)
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30 of 45 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game suffers from very uninspired gameplay. The team that creating it seems to have spent more time making the game pretty than actually making it fun to play. The campaign is also uninteresting and features particularly bad writing.

Eufloria is a much better version of a similar idea.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2013
Could have been decent, but the cheating AI and annoying difficulty make it tedious and frustrating.

Every time you attack an enemy base the enemy will do the same and attack one of yours. By the time you've gotten back to defend that base the enemy will already be attacking you on the other side of the map. This constant cat-and-mouse goes on forever making missions very tedious.

It's not enough to defend the borders of your territory since the enemy can sail right past those and go straight for your undefended bases in the middle.

Taking over enemy factories doesn't matter since the AI will cheat and spawn new units at the edge of the map. The enemy also sees through the fog-of-war, attacking bases as soon as you move your fleet away.

The graphics are fine, but that doesn't matter since you spend 90% of the time looking at the mini-map.
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