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Review: Oil review – A simple digital board game that’s definitely better with friends

Oil review - A simple digital board game that's definitely better with friends Oil is an intriguing mix of battleships and a puzzle game. It’s got a good chunk of ideas of its own, and as a digital board game it’s definitely up there when it comes to presentation and neat ideas.

Throw in some multiplayer options and, while you might not have the deepest game in the world, you’ve got something that could easily slip into the rotation at your digital board game night.

Oil be damned

The game sees you facing off against an AI or player-controlled foe. You’re aiming to collect as much oil as possible from a gridded map.

At the start of each game you and your opponent place oil deposits secretly on the grid. Then you take it in turns picking squares. The player with the highest score when all of the squares have been uncovered is the victor.

There are a few twists here and there though. For example, if you and your opponent put oil on the same square, anyone trying to dig there will be hit with an explosion that costs them points. And oil deposits that are close to each other offer up bigger rewards.

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