We all are aware of the reality that crude oil is in limited supply. What this means, of course, is that everything which has a petroleum base, such as plastic, gasoline, and heating oil, are all in limited supply. Wars have been fought through the centuries over resources that are in limited supplies, take for instance salt. There was a time in this world that salt was more valuable than gold. Unigine has taken the idea that oil is a limited resource and built a tower defense RTS style game around the concept. Oil Rush is a naval strategy game built on the Unigine graphics engine. A demo version, as well as full version, will be available for Android devices with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip.
Unigine has developed a version for Android devices based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip. The mobile version offers a campaign mode that provides an immersive storyline that the modern world can relate to. The storyline mode features four chapters of battles with a technology tree that builds as the story progresses. Oil Rush is fully compatible with touch screens and features intuitive touch controls. The gameplay uses group control to move units. The goal of this control style is to reduce the micromanagement of a typical RTS game. At the same time, it is necessary to think and react fast to keep up with the combat in Oil Rush.
Provided By: Unigine
No compensation was received for review of this product.
Price: Demo: Free, Full Version: Unavailable
Class: Mobile Games
Unigine's Oil Rush application for Android is in the Mobile Games category.
The first screen that comes up when you start Oil Rush is the choice between a story mode (Campaign) and a quick game. The story mode features four chapters with various missions that continuously increase in difficulty. Each mission unlocks more units and allows the player to delve further into the technology tree. I recommend you play the first mission in the campaign mode before playing a quick game because it offers a quick tutorial of the game's controls and different screens. The touch controls are well thought out and designed for ease of use. The controls work smoothly, making the game very easy to play and navigate. For example, the camera controls are the same as the typical pinch and zoom controls in most applications.
When I first started playing Oil Rush, I noticed that the graphics were superior to any other game I have played on my Samsung Galaxy SIII. Unfortunately, one of the problems with being such a CPU and GPU intensive application is that it can severly affect a mobile devices battery life. Playing for around 30 minutes drained my phone's battery by roughly 20%, so I tended to play only while plugged in. Playing through the entire campaign mode proved to be very entertaining. The campaign had a nice story behind it that progressed fast enough to tell a fairly in-depth story.
Playing through the entire story line allowed me to experience the entire technology tree, along with the game mechanics. There were definitely some times where the AI surprised me. Some missions are very difficult while others seemed to almost be trivial. Throughout the campaign, I had to figure out several strategies to beat the AI and the same strategy did not work for every mission. One thing that was convenient with the game mechanics was there was very little micromanagement to handle, since the troop controls work on a group basis. The controls allow you to move 25%, 50%, or 100% of units, or just one type of unit between the platforms. This allows you to leave some in defensive positions, while sending others on the attack.
Overall, the Android version of the Oil Rush game from Unigine was very well thought out. The storyline was entertaining while being very easy to play, once all the mechanics were clear. It was definitely necessary to play through the first mission in the campaign mode to learn the controls, but overall, the controls themselves were intuitive. Plenty of strategy was necessary to master the game, although some missions were very easy and others felt like they were impossible. The only downfall of the game was that it used a lot of battery power because of its intense graphics. Hitechlegion is awarding Oil Rush for Android the Gold award because it was very entertaining and had a good storyline along with good quality touch controls.