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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Very Positive (32) - 87% of the 32 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,247) - 89% of the 2,247 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 2, 2016

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April 20

Update #43 Bugfixes & Balance

Dear non (or sometimes) spillers of oil,

We're still busy fixing bugs left and right, but we also found the time to balance the game a bit better. It's not a big update, but an update nonetheless!

Turmoil changelog for version 2.0.9
In this update we fixed several issues with treasure generation and the treasures marketplace (thanks to the community members who reported it). The prices and availability on the treasures marketplace has also been made a bit more forgiving.

  • Fixed that the buy/sell prices of treasures in the Underground Collection did not properly scale depending on the area they are found in.
  • Fixed that the fog did not rise 2 months faster in The Heat Is On levels as intended.
  • Fixed that one artefact of each area would not spawn in that area, requiring you to buy it on the treasures marketplace every time.

  • Decreased maximum price that treasures are sold at on the Underground treasures market.
  • Increased minimum and maximum price that collectors will offer you on the
  • Underground treasures market.
  • Collectors on the Underground treasures market will no longer offer to sell you treasures that you already own or offer to buy treasures that you do not own.

Quality of life
  • The end-of-level charts now show details when you hover over the appropriate toggle button.

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April 5

Update #42 Gas improvements

Dear oil entrepreneurs,

After lots of hotfixes following the launch of The Heat Is On, everything’s almost oilright now. We’re still working on some trickier issues, but we’ve also found time to improve the game in other areas than just fixing bugs. The most important one changes the way in which gas is received by Left and Right Inc. Oil prices will from now on react more directly to delivered gas, and it will now also make a difference if you upgrade the pipes that transport gas to Left and Right.

We’ve also increased the arrival speed of wagons (which also caused some frustration sometimes). But the best solution to spillage is still to buy enough wagons and upgrade them! For Mac users it’s important to know that we’ve disabled the end-of-game screenshots, as that seemed to be the cause of the crashes that many players were experiencing. Note that this does not affect the flashing oil/gas wells bug.

Changelog for version 2.0.8

  • Gas grown using magma heat will now fill up the existing well before increasing
  • the size of the containing well.
  • Removed limit on amount of gas sold per second. Connecting multiple pipes to Left or Right Inc. will now make the price go up faster.
  • Decreased gas boosting efficiency every $0.50 step from $2.50 and up.
  • Increased gas boosting price drop rate at every $1 step from $4 and up. This drop rate only applies when you are no longer boosting. The higher you boost, the quicker it will fall again giving you less time to sell.
  • Increased speed of oil conversion
  • Decreased heat cost of oil conversion
  • Increased brake speed of wagons for all upgrade levels, causing them to arrive at their goal more quickly.
  • Decreased decision making interval of wagons from 1.13 seconds to 0.93 seconds, making them respond to full silos and overflowing rigs more quickly.
  • Disabled end of game screenshots for Mac OSX as it was causing segmentation and bus errors for a lot of Mac players.
    Fixed that the game could crash by clicking one of the buildings during a new area introduction.
  • Fixed that the start button on the weekly poster would flicker endlessly in some cases of losing your internet connection.
  • Fixed that some of the hotkeys would not work during the tutorial.
  • Fixed that bank debt did not get saved in the campaign.
  • Fixed that the text on the play button would wrap in some languages.
  • Fixed that you could not get any land lease payback on a piece of land when loading a campaign with a finished land auction.
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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: 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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