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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Jun 2, 2016

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November 13, 2018

Update #45 - Big Things on the Horizon

Dear oil entrepreneurs old and new,

It's been a while since the last update, but this doesn't mean we that we've stopped working on the game! On the contrary, the success of Turmoil has has only enabled and inspired us to do much more. There are currently several big Turmoil things in the pipeline:

Lots of you have asked for it, and we've always really wanted it ourselves too. To start with, we are aiming for campaigns to be playable against human opponents. These will probably be a shorter version of the original campaigns, with several changes to features like the Stock and Land Auction so that you can play against your friends and others in a turn-based fashion.

New Challenge Modes
The working title that we're using here is 'The Oilympics', and we've got a strong suspicion it will also be the official name. An example of a challenge could be a level in which Left and Right are closed, and then have to mine out all the oil with a limited budget. Each challenge is designed to test your skills in a specific aspect of the game and of course you will be able compete against rival drilling masters on the leaderboards.

Level Replays
Ever wondered why you couldn't get to number one in the Weekly Challenge? With the upcoming replay system you will be able to view how other players went about their business of maximizing profits. And you can also share replays with your friends.

Turmoil on mobile! Turmoil is already available for iPad, but we are now also working on a version for mobile phones (you guys all have one, right? ;), and *drumroll*... Nintendo Switch. Nintendo conveniently gave the left and right Switch controllers the same color as the Left and Right Inc. buildings, so who are we to neglect such an obvious hint?

While we're happy to share this news right now, there's a difference with what we have in store and what's available in the store. It will take quite some time to get multiplayer working, we have to rebuild the game from scratch for that. So don't expect any of this in 2018. The release on Switch will probably be the first of this list, somewhere in Q1 or Q2 of 2019.

In the meantime! If you’d like to play another game where you have to move liquid from one place to another, you might want keep an eye on our puzzle game Briquid. It’s one of the first games we ever made, and it will now also be available on Steam, on December 6th. You can check it out here.
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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.”

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: 150 MB available space
    • OS: 10.13 High Sierra
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Stability on older Mac OS versions can not be guaranteed.
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and up, or the latest version of SteamOS
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Other Linux distributions will probably also work.

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