Drill for oil like it's 1899! Turmoil offers players a visually charming, tongue-in-cheek take on the simulation genre inspired by the 19th century oil rush in North America.
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Release Date:
Jun 2, 2016

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September 13

Update #38 - Audio Fix!

Hi all,

We have a small but important update for you: we were able to fix the Audio Bug that has been hounding us.

When a number of sounds would overlap, problems began to arise, but not for everyone. So we couldn't reproduce it ourselves. That was the tricky part. It happened mostly when scanning while building pipes and when the spillage timer and alarm would go off. A pretty normal state for Turmoil players ;)

Anyway, we think we solved it. Let us know if it happens again and we’ll look into it further. On a side note, welcome to all the new players. A few new videos have gone up on YouTube and we’re getting new players in as a result. Thanks!

Audio Bug. Nuff said.

[EDIT] We've kept the reset audio button in the Pause menu, for if and when it happens again. But we hope you will never need it.
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September 7

Weekly Challenge Anniversary

This week marks the 25th time that a Weekly Challenge is underway. We've never really given it much attention, so this feels like a good opportunity. Personally, I've enjoyed it a lot. And I'm not the only one. Each week, at least 1500 players take on the nerve-wracking challenge to earn as much cash a possible in just one try. It's way more popular than we expected it to be. A big thank you to all you for that!

Also unexpected is the high level of play. This may sound arrogant, but I did not expect that I'd have such a hard time getting to the top of the ranks. I succeeded in doing this only twice (my nickname is JB), and it took me all of my skills, knowledge, experience and a bit of luck to get the highest score. It's very humbling, as one of the creators of the game, to get beaten pretty badly every now and then. There are a few players that pop up in the top 10 very frequently and seem to be absolute masters of the game. One of them (老沐城) has won the challenge three times. Two other players (Theos and Remensto) have won it two times. A special mention must be given to 90573ice, who finished in the top 10 countless times, including a couple of second place finishes, but has not yet won it. Should be a matter of time!

Levels with gas still seem to be quite difficult for the majority of players. While we've made a couple of videos that explain how to best make use of it, based on the widespread rankings, it remains a quite complicated challenge. At the moment, we're hard at work on a new campaign which will be available as DLC in a while. It will still have natural gas, but we've made some good progress in making the oil price boosting mechanic more accessible. Expect more on Turmoil's upcoming DLC in our next post. In the meantime, good luck with this week's Weekly Challenge. It's Bonus Island's turn again. Small tip: if you don't need 40 fully upgraded wagons, you're doing it wrong! ;)

Happy drilling!
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“Turmoil makes for some of the best fun and strategic game-play in this oil tycoon game.”
9/10 – Fragged Nation

“Turmoil is the epitome of simplicity”
4/5 – HardcoreGamer

“I love it to bits.”

Just Updated

We’ve got another update for you. Today we are adding 4 new languages to the game: Russian, Chinese (simplified), Polish and Brazilian-Portuguese.

About This Game

Turmoil offers players a visually charming, tongue-in-cheek take on the simulation genre inspired by the 19th century oil rush in North America. Get a taste of the rush and rivalry of the time as you earn your way to become a successful oil entrepreneur. As you make money digging up and selling oil, the town will grow along with you.

Lease land at the town auction and search for oil. Build a rig, create an efficient pipe network and bring up the oil to store it in silos. Sell the oil at the best times to maximize profits. Then buy essential upgrades in town to cope with rock, gas and ice. Acquire more town shares than your competitors in a bid to become the new mayor.

  • A campaign where you build your rags-to-riches oil baron career and beat your rivals.
  • Dozens of upgrades and new tools to improve your oil mining operations.
  • Meet the town’s characters in the saloon and make shady business deals.
  • Play single game mode to get one of literally millions of procedurally generated levels and earn as much as you can in one year.
  • Steam Achievements, Badges, Trading Cards and Cloud Saving.
  • Lease land at the town auction and search for oil using a dowser, mole or scanner.
  • Maximize your profits by using natural gas to boost the oil price.
  • Outbid your competitors at the stock auction.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
    • Processor: 2,5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and up, or the latest version of SteamOS
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Other Linux distributions will probably also work.
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