Oil's Well

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For the 1929 short film, see Oil's Well (film).
Oil's Well
Cover art of Oil's Well
Developer(s) Sierra On-Line
Publisher(s) Sierra On-Line
Designer(s) Thomas J. Mitchell
Composer(s) Ken Allen
Platform(s) Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, ColecoVision, DOS, MSX
Release date(s) 1983 - 1984
Genre(s) Maze
Mode(s) Single-player

Oil's Well is a computer game distributed by Sierra On-Line in 1983, and again in 1990. The game was programmed by Thomas J. Mitchell and Bill Sargent. Bill Sargent went on to work on such projects as The Sims, and SimCity 2000. Oil's Well is very similar to the 1982 arcade game Anteater.

The player attempts to manage an oil drilling operation and collect oil, while evading subterranean creatures. The player can advance through eight different levels, using four directional control buttons to move the drill head, and pressing a button to quickly retract it.

The game was released for multiple platforms including the Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, MSX, ColecoVision, and IBM compatibles.


Ahoy! stated that while the Commodore version's graphics and sounds were only "serviceable; gameplay is, in my experience, unique ... Recommended".[1] InfoWorld called the IBM PCjr version "a clever, basic game".[2]


  1. ^ Davies, Lloyd (1984-04). "Oil's Well". Ahoy!. pp. 57–58. Retrieved 27 June 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Mace, Scott (1984-08-13). "PCjr: Back to Basics". InfoWorld. p. 38. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 

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