When I was a child I used to play around with the figures of a game that a relative of mine had tucked away in his attic. It was some sort of oil trading board game and some of the components I remember playing with were:

  1. Oil tanker minis
  2. Spherical gas storage tank minis: Gas Containers
  3. World map, very minimal graphic style
  4. Paper money, like something out of an old Monopoly copy

Publishing Date: The game was possibly published in the 1970s / 80s Visual Style: Quite minimal and somewhat bleak, a bit like Twilight Struggle

I was too young to figure out the rules or how to play the game, especially since it was in English and it isn't my mother tongue, however I had a lot of fun playing with the minis and from what I remember the game seemed quite complex and may be worth tracking down and playing it now.

Thanks in advance!

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    As usual, a specific year (or range) and country would be helpful. Oct 30, 2019 at 15:18
  • Case in point, the suggestion below of Wildcatters would be precluded from consideration if we knew that this was before 2010. Oct 30, 2019 at 15:21
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    Sorry, I would say the publishing date would have been in the 70s or 80s, I will add it to the post. Also the visual design was somewhat bleak, something in the lines of Twilight Struggle.
    – MACC
    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:12
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    Just searching Oil on BoardGameGeek pulls up dozens of results, several of which are within the appropriate time frame, and many of which have pieces that might fit the description. @MACC If you find the answer yourself, it's totally acceptable to answer your own question.
    – aslum
    Oct 31, 2019 at 17:08

2 Answers 2


I finally found the game after discussing it with some fellow Portuguese gamers. It's actually a vintage Portuguese game about oil called "Petróleo": https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/22614/petroleo - Seems to be quite hard to find these days.


Perhaps "Wildcatters" as shown on the website of CapStone Games.

This link is the game on BGG.

Oil tanker minis:

Oil tanker minis

Spherical gas storage tank minis:

Spherical gas storage tank minis

  • The gas storage minis were actually made of plastic and fairly detailed. I remember playing with them as a child.
    – MACC
    Apr 25, 2020 at 11:21

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