Turmoil (Gamious)

Turmoil (Gamious)

Facebook
Like Gamious on Facebook

Twitter 
Follow Gamious on Twitter

Website
Check out the official Gamious Website

Discussion
Give the developers feedback on the Steam Discussion Page

Purchase
Buy your Early Access copy on the Steam Store page 

I never thought that I would be up until the early hours of the morning playing a simulation about the 19th century North American oil rush, but thanks to Gamious that is exactly what happened. Their title, Turmoil, is a tongue-in-cheek take on the genre, but it is still a rather unusual (and very cleverly titled) game.

Your goal is to become the richest oil baron in town, working your way up from humble beginnings. The action is viewed from a side-on perspective where the first order of business is locating oil in order to begin drilling. Initially you only have access to dowsers, but soon unlock moles(!) and scanners for the task. Once you know where to drill it is time to set up a rig and construct a pipe network down to the black gold. Buying horses and building silos allows you to transport and store your precious cargo while you wait for the right opportunity to sell. You can unload oil at “Left Inc” or “Right Inc” depending on who is offering the best price and then hoard the profits or use it to improve your current drilling operations. After a set amount of time, usually a year, it is back to town where you can spend money upgrading tech or brokering shady deals before repeating the whole drilling process in a new area.

Turmoil is very simple to understand and features a clear tutorial that will get anyone up to speed very quickly. Once you grasp the basics you will also find that it is a very addictive game that will have you hooked in no time. Drilling for oil might not sound very exciting, but between keeping an eye on the prices, managing your horses and silos, and drilling for new wells, there is rarely time to get bored. Oil spills can quickly sap your profits and later levels throw new challenges, such as rocks, your way.

For an Early Access title Turmoil is already in very good shape and the developers have listened to community feedback in order to release a couple of updates to enhance the gameplay. The simple, but stylish visuals make the game very accessible and the relaxing music is perfect for extended play sessions. I have been playing Turmoil since its release on Early Access and every time I plan on playing only a round or two it somehow turns into hours! An ending for the Campaign mode is still in the works and hopefully the developers can figure out a way to add multi-player, but as it is I can already wholeheartedly recommend Turmoil.

Related posts

Hero Defense – Haunted Island (Happy Tuesday)

Hero Defense - Haunted Island (Happy Tuesday)

Grab your crossbow and put on your garlic aftershave because it is time to hunt things that go bump in the night again. This time the opportunity to thin out the freaks comes courtesy of Hero Defense – Haunted Island from Happy Tuesday. The most powerful vampire in the world, Count Necrosis, is making a menace of himself and his brethren, so you must gather your merry team of slayers to take him down. While this sounds like the perfect setup for some good old fashioned role playing, Hero Defense is actually a tower defense title.

Assetto Corsa (Kunos Simulazioni)

Assetto Corsa (Kunos Simulazioni)

There is no shortage of racing games available for PC, so it requires something really special to get us excited about a new release. Assetto Corsa, the driving simulation from Kunos Simulazioni, not only got us excited but prompted us to buy a new racing wheel especially for the game. The best part is it is not even finished yet!

Brigador (Stellar Jockeys)

Brigador (Stellar Jockeys)

Brigador, an Early Access title from Stellar Jockeys, challenges you with the task of liberating the city of Solo Nobre. At your disposal is a selection of tanks, mechs and antigrav vehicles, but standing in your way are the factions occupying the city. Whether you opt to go in all guns blazing or sneak in stealthily while picking off your targets, your mission remains the same, clear the city or die trying.

Valhalla Hills (Funatics Software)

Valhalla Hills (Funatics Software)

Vikings are normally associated with fighting, pillaging and sailing, but Valhalla Hills from Funatics Software drops these Germanic Norse seafarers in a city building setting instead. In place of raiding and trading, the Vikings are trying to get into Valhalla after Odin decided to close the gates. The Norse god was clearly in a bit of a bad mood as he also exiled his son Leko for being more interested in building than the family business of battles and booze. This is good news for the Vikings though, as with the help of Leko they might attain enough honor to get to Valhalla.

Blockstorm (GhostShark)

Blockstorm (GhostShark)

First person shooters are a dime a dozen these days and Minecraft has spawned its fair share of imitators. There have even been a few titles that combine the two genres, but Blockstorm is definitely the first time that the combination has been pulled off this well.

Vertiginous Golf (Kinelco & Lone Elk Creative)

Vertiginous Golf (Kinelco & Lone Elk Creative)

What better way to leave the drudgery of a dark, rainy, smog filled Victorian world behind, than to up stakes and live in the sunny skies above the clouds. This is exactly what the rich elite of Vertiginous Golf do. This is all thanks to the power of the Vertiginous Levitation System, which the poor workers back on the ground have to maintain. As a reward for their service, the workers are allowed to experience the wonders of the Vertiginousphere, albeit from a virtual perspective only.

Leave a comment

3 × 3 =