A MAZE. / Berlin 2021

10th International Games and Playful Media Festival

Crude Oil: Escape from New Texas

Crude Oil [Game Teaser]

by Peter Nichols (United States of America)

Genre: 3D adventure

Crude Oil: Escape from New Texas is a 3D adventure game starring a featureless blob, trapped inside a sprawling automated refinery. Slip-n-slide your way thru an intricate open world as a morphing puddle of oil, governed by soft-body physics. Collect and shed more oil as you go, to grow into a formidable glob or shrink to a modest slick. Hunt out the "entitlements" left behind by the facility's now-departed human occupants, to gain access to new areas. Crude Oil combines unwieldy and visceral slime mechanics with a sandbox's exploratory freedom, while taking atmospheric cues from Blade Runner 2049 and the films of Hayao Miyazaki. All wrapped into a wordless, not-too-subtle saga of ecological retribution, that seeks to show the absurdity of our extraction economy from beyond a human perspective.

Platform: PC, Mac