Quest For Oil

Quest For Oil is a free to download simulation game that has you experience the challenges of offshore oil drilling in the North Sea and Qatar.

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Quest For Oil, a strategy resource management game by Maersk, a worldwide shipping and oil and gas company, gives players the chance to experience the challenging world of off-shore drilling being on an oil drilling rig in the pursuit of oil in two locations: the North Sea and off Qatar. You will go on a subsurface journey exploring the geographical underground of the oil industry at both locations.

Players will test their analytic skills searching for oil on a seismic map while facing challenges surrounding oil exploration: seismic analysis; reservoir identification; placement of oil drilling wells; setting up and optimizing product, and getting the oil offshore, while being aware that safety is always to be your highest priority.

You will be tested on how precisely you are able to position your drilling equipment while keeping your eye on temperature and pressure before oil is able to be extracted and production can begin. Players will learn about the oil drilling industry, the importance of the seismic phase and the formation of the earth’s different layers. You will have the challenge of trying to beat your digital opponent who is determined to have you lose. Players will learn the importance of the seismic phase – how the earth’s different layers formed and which of the layers might yield oil using this knowledge to beat the opponent.

Players will have 3 main considerations:

Time – which is an unknown factor in reaching your target. You don’t know how much time you have before your opponent achieves his/her goal and is able to beat you. Thus, you will need to act strategically. You can still beat your opponent (even if they have a head-start, so stay calm and focus even if your opponent appears to be ahead),by locating the best reservoirs as well as choosing the right technological set-up and production process methods; scarce resources – you don’t know how much

Oil Fields – each location has oil field licences available with estimated potentials

Money – You start with a fixed amount and will begin investing to get licences, equipment, assets and advice. You are advised to get an understanding of all the costs that are entailed before making a profit yourself, otherwise you will run out of money in the middle of an exploration or production process which could end your mission. You should remember that once you have obtained the maximum number of oil barrels, the money you have accumulated will also count toward your position.

Your assets are your research vessel and helicopter. To fast track quick location of assets use your computer mouse – Left Click to select assets; Right Click for movement of assets, to speed pressure

Tutorials:

You will provide you with important information to become an oil exploration expert. You have 3 experts at your disposal: a seismic lead geologist, a drilling specialist and an oil production engineer available to help you.

Step 1 – Check out the potential map to locate oil field

Step 2 – Use assets to get your preferred oil field

Step 3 – Once at the field, check out the estimated reservoir potential and price.

Step 4 – Check availability and funds.

Step 5 – Buy.

Buying Seismic Data: First – acquire a licence, start exploring, and buy seismic data. Next, become aware of the updated expected potential of the oil reservoir.

Earth Layer and Overview: You will study the layers and characteristics: sandstone, limestone, shale, chalk, salt, volcanoes

Seismic Analysis Help – Remember to call on a specialist by clicking on a specialist and watching a tutorial and video which will help you beat your opponent and improve your seismic analysis data analysis skills.

Oil Production:

  • Choose your production platform and strategy; confirm location and reservoir size
  • Carry out oil production process- unlock oil from rock by injecting water and natural gas – total number of barrels and barrels per minute depends on placement of injection wells
  • Adjust the pressure – faster production = greater attrition within the reservoir, producing fewer barrels; whereas, slower production = less attrition within the reservoir, producing more barrels
  • Choose how to transport the oil to your oil refinery. Although tankers are cheaper than pipelines, you are restricted to 1 oil tanker per production platform

Seismic 3-D Map:

Blue – indicates that players are drilling closer to the surface

Red – indicates drilling deeper in the rock layer; the right amount of water and CO2 injected into the seabed will free the oil.

EnerCities

Enercities is an energy and natural resource game that allows you to build a sustainable city while encountering environmental restrictions.

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Players get to create and expand a virtual city which will involve you dealing with energy and environmental issues. You will start with a small village and take on the challenge of building your own metropolis with the goal of keeping your city sustainable while growing it to 200. You must be careful to balance your people, planet and profit by carefully managing your natural resources and wisely spending your money.

While playing, you will be thinking about energy-related implications, such as: energy consumption, energy savings, and renewable energy. You will be aware of the significance of energy in urban city society, and individual households. Players will find themselves challenging their energy attitudes, behaviour and problem-solving skills while dealing with pollution, energy shortages, energy reduction plans and renewable energy projects, etc.

As you play, you will have to consider: energy balance, cash reserve, natural resources, population, economy, environment and well-being (quality-of-life). You will have limited oil and natural gas resources which cannot be renewed. If you don’t constantly upgrade buildings to be energy efficient, you will run out of these resources.

The game has 5 levels, beginning with a simple suburban pot and light industrial buildings, then expanding to heavy industry, commercial district, forests, urban district and new energy buildings. The 4th level finds players unlocking powerful super structures, such as the nuclear fusion plant. At each level you can upgrade with innovations, reducing fossil fuel use.

As soon as you begin the game, you will likely find yourself making upgrades for City Hall involving implementing city-wide policies, such as: CO2 taxes, an electric car grid, an energy education program, an eco-tourism program and a sustainable technology fund.

Players will start out with 1,000 units of oil and natural gas, and might then find themselves constructing a wind turbine farm to provide clean renewable electricity. After that, you might want to build your first suburban home. You will likely then witness your oil and natural gas start to deplete and decide to solve that problem by improving insulation and adding solar panels to put a halt to your depletion of oil and natural gas resources.

From then, players will have the option to build a light industry, a park and a market. Finally, as you do more upgrades and add new units you will unlock new features, other upgrades for homes, such as: rainwater storage, energy efficient light bulbs, improved insulation and bus stops to encourage public transportation.

Windfall

Windfall is a windmill game with NIMBYism at the core.

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So you always wanted to design a wind farm? Well now is your chance! Windfall is a windmill game where you get to design and build a wind farm. Research suitable locations to construct windmills by finding out the average wind speed and land value for a particular site. Then decide if you want to construct a small, medium or large windmill. Large windmills produce more power, but they also decrease the land value. This creates greater opposition to you wind farm. You will have to connect windmills to transformers by building power lines. Make sure to avoid building windmills near populated areas, or you will have to pay a higher amount each month to offset the political damage.

Windfall is a windmill game that provides a good example of wind energy NIMBYism (Not in My Backyard Syndrome). NIMBYism is one of the leading reasons why wind farms are not gaining the momentum that they should. People overlook this fact and assume that the conventional industries such as coal and nuclear are suppressing wind energy.

NIMBYism to windmills is caused by a belief that they are ugly to look at, and they will ruin the visual quality of the natural landscape. Some of the windiest locations on the planet are close to shorelines. The extra wind speed is important because when the wind speed doubles, wind energy will increase eightfold.

Oil God

Oil God is a virtual oil game where you have to run up the price of gasoline by creating wars and natural disasters.

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Oil God is a fossil fuel game that has you playing the role of an omnipotent oil God. You are to control 9 independent nations. In Oil God every nation will have its own political and economic system. Each nation will also have different natural resources, and geological features. Your job in the Oil God game is to disrupt the oil supply as much as possible. In order to win the Oil God game you must double the cost of oil in your target nation. You can influence disasters such as war, civil wars, earthquakes, foods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and alien invasions. You have three economic systems to choose from. Capitalism has the advantage of slower disaster recovery but will also have lower taxes, and increased efficiency. Socialism will have the advantage of higher taxes and slightly slower disaster recovery. Communism has higher taxes and reduced efficiency, and it will also have the fastest disaster recovery out of the three systems.

In the Oil God game, you can change the political system of any country. Democratic countries avoid war and will not trade with totalitarian governments. Imperialist countries will be very aggressive and will not trade with theocracies. Totalitarian countries will have higher taxation and slower disaster recovery. Theocracies will be more susceptible to unrest when at war.

Oil God has you playing three difficulty levels; regular unleaded, super unleaded, and premium unleaded.

Energy City

Energy City is a Simcity style renewable energy game.

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Energy City is designed to familiarize you with some of the energy challenges facing our planet. It highlights the complex environmental, social, political economic and technical challenges encompassing our energy challenges.

In Energy City, you will work through a selection of 6 cities, each has its own energy detail variations and challenges, as you play a 10-year normal play, or a 20-year expert play. Watch out for, and observe the important 3 meters displayed on the top of your screen, providing you details about you city’s: local air quality; environmental impact and budget. These meters will gauge the energy choices you make for your city. Your budget keeps your city viable, so you will need to attempt to achieve balance between financial and environmental components.

Players in Energy City will learn how to most effectively deliver energy to each city. Delivering energy to you city entails clicking on power plants to draw energy from them; however, remember that each time you utilize a power source, you are making a statement about your city’s energy portfolio, so understand the implications before you make your selections. You will get a summary and have the option of obtaining a printout of your accomplishments.

If you fail to meet the energy quota, Energy City will end. For best results, experiment with as many different cities and energy strategies as you can. To win Energy City players must power their city and prevent the metrics from bottoming out. Evaluation data and feedback will be provided at the end of each term and each game. This will facilitate evaluating your strengths and weaknesses.

The Energy Strategies screen focuses on the areas of: research; development and upgrades

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) programs mitigate environmental impact. Research must be conducted before new energy technologies can be used. You will find that some research strategies will provide quick results, while others will be laying the groundwork for future strategies. At times you will be upgrading existing facilities instead of building new, which takes 1 turn to complete; up to 3 turns for building new facilities.

The game gives you the option to learn more about the technologies you select (i.e. fuel cell technology; biofuel; solar panels; photovoltaic (PV) panels; green rooftops). You’ll get recommendations from various stakeholders. If you follow their advice you will be rewarded. Stakeholders have a vested interest in your city. Each stakeholder group has  specific energy and environmental needs. Click on the various groups, and carefully listen to their concerns as they offer valuable insights. The health and environmental impacts of pollution (i.e. combustion of coal-releasing particulate matter and atmospheric gasses) will be stressed as you manage your cities. You will be engaging conservation strategies to mitigate the affects of the impact of certain energy choices.

Choices/Options can be researched as you play, from energy technology education provided in Energy City:

Non-renewable – coal power; natural gas resources; nuclear resources that have been around for decades and are the predominant existing infrastructure

Renewable – coming from resources that can be recovered within a lifetime (i.e. biofuels, plants; cell technology; biofuel power plants

Inexhaustible – wind farms; hydroelectric resources; solar resources which draw from the limitless energy of the sun; nevertheless, they require money and infrastructure changes

Conservation – residential PV (photovoltaic) Panels; commercial PV panels green rooftops

Oiligarchy

This oil game is an anti-environmental game that makes you drill for oil and corrupt politicians in order to win.

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This is an oil game where you get play the role of the protagonist of the petroleum era: explore and drill for oil around the world, corrupt politicians, increase oil addiction and stop alternative energies. With this oil game, be sure to enjoy your mission before the resource begins to deplete! Peak Oil (when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction has been reached and the rate of production commences terminal decline), is absolutely of no concern in the Oiligarchy oil game.

In this oil game you are the of C.E.O. of one of the biggest oil companies in the World with the mission of accumulating as much oil and money as you can. The game of excess and greed know no bounds in amassing your oil fortune. World War II is over, and it will be years before environmentalism, conservation and worries about peak oil enter the picture.

You begin the game in 1946 and progress by yearly turns. Each year will have you exploring for new oil areas, both on land and offshore at sea. Players will be able to plant oil drilling machines for oil extraction. Every 8 to 10 years, you will participate in political campaigns. Your mission here is to contribute sufficient amounts of cash to the winning party of each campaign to ensure that you will be able to increase your company’s oil productivity by bribing elected politicians. You will also have to get your hands dirtied taking care of military issues in unwelcoming foreign countries who resent your presence as a captain of resource exploitive ‘big oil’.

To succeed as Oiligarchy’s C.E.O. you are compelled to have to become corrupt. In the oil game, corruption, greed and politics intermingle. To make maximum money, which is your goal to successfully fill your job description, you not only have to worry about the supply of oil, you also have to worry about the demand, which is where politics inevitably enters the picture. Politics is a ‘means-to-an-end’, so your role is to influence oil demand by lobbying politicians.

A statistics screen will educate you about the cost per barrel of oil, and the yearly bottom line profits. You will need to keep your profits up to please your shareholders and keep your fancy new top floor office. You want to avoid getting fired which will abruptly end the oil game. Increasing oil dependency and “oiling’ or lobbying politicians in Washington, D.C. will also facilitate your success.

Watch the oil addiction gauge – starting at 30%, low, then watch it change as a measure of how addicted the country is to oil. Oil Demand is depicted in the demand and supply bar. Maximum Extraction is gauged – you want the supply to match the demand, and not exceed it.

As time goes on the natural tendency is for politics to become “green” as Environmentalism takes popularity. As that happens, a non-political interventionism approach (laissez-faire politics) will lead to a decrease in oil addiction as Environmentalism takes roots.

ElectroCity

ElectroCity is a Sim City-style simulator that focuses on energy use and sustainable development.

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Learn to run a town with Electrocity. A Sim City-style simulator Electrocity, focuses on energy use, and sustainable development. It’s simple, but fun. You start off in a town by the coast, with a population of 10,000 people, and $400. You have two main indicators: electricity, and environment, which are both neutral when you start. The game map is small, only 25 squares. You have 5 squares each side, to work with, but you can develop, on every piece of land. What are your priorities? Do you want a big population, or do you want environmental protection.? How you play the game depends on your values.

The interesting part in the game, unlike the real world, is that you get to decide whether you want a nuclear power plant in you backyard or something cleaner such as a windmill. You don’t need a large population to win, but if you want, you can have a few million people or more.

When you go to the town, you have several choices. Go to the town, and you have nine options to choose from: efficiency education, solar panels, efficient light bulbs, household insulation, micro-wind turbines, gas heating, everyone in bed by 8, ban all television, and no growth. Click on land by a river, and you have options to build a coal power plant, gas plant, hydro plant, nuclear plant, or campground. Click on an empty field, and you have the option of planting a forest, or prospecting for resources. You can also build a farm, airstrip, paper mill, rich farmland, aluminium smelter, stadium, or amusement park. Go to the hills, and you get to build windmills. Up in the mountains you can build a ski resort.

When you click on any area of development you will get some statistics that will help you make decisions. For example, a wind farm might generate 32 MW per turn. It will cost $100 to run, pollute 1 point, and reduce tourism by 3 points per turn. An undisturbed forest increases tourism by 2 points, and cleans up pollution, but you can also log it for money. The game is interesting and not hard to play. Check it out.

Energyville

Energyville is a game developed by Chevron and the Economist Group that lets users choose future energy options while building a virtual city.

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Players actively engage in the energy debate and become familiarized with some of the challenges faced in meeting the world’s future energy needs, while focusing on the environmental, security opportunities and trade-offs associated with various energy sources. Name your own city, in this interactive game developed by Chevron and the Economist Group, and become in charge of meeting the energy demands by making choices allowing you to replace existing energy infrastructure.

Drag and drop energy source icons to bring your city to life (i.e., natural gas, biomass, coal, hydro, nuclear, petroleum, hydro, hydrogen, shale oil, solar, wind), and access icons that educate about renewable energy sources, including statistics about solar and photovoltaic plants from various worldwide sources and online links, including Solar Energy Society (http://www.ises.org), and forums hosted by www.willyoujoinus.com.

When your city is properly powered you proceed through levels, removing and adding power sources to change your energy grid, engage in energy conservation and efficiency options while being challenged by unexpected events that impact your city’s energy future (i.e., nuclear accidents; global warming; rising fossil fuel prices; failing anticipated performance of offshore wind farms; improved extraction technologies increasing oil shale production; declining petroleum prices due to oil shale usage). Manage your energy portfolio and obtain your individual management score, and be invited to compare your city’s energy mix and results with other players.

Energy Hog

Energy Hog is an online environmental game designed for children consisting of 5 mini-games that teach children about wise energy use.

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Players learn how home energy improvements save money, improve comfort and help the environment by becoming an ‘Energy Hog Buster’, using ‘Energy Hogs’ which are half human, half hog creatures that suck the energy out of your home (i.e., Freddie consumes a diet of high-class chandeliers and lightbulbs; Kelvin Bacon consumes Freon, thermostats and furnaces; Mork Pork’s diet is insulation, fibreglass and weather stripping.)

You play 5 access levels involving different parts of the home: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room and attic. Each level involves exposing a specific ‘Hog Buster’, which reveals another mini-game to play before you proceed to the next level.

The Bedroom reveals ‘Bulb Hunter’ which has you complete a maze, whereby you must change bulbs within an established time-frame; Bathroom involves playing ‘Whack-a-Hog’ where you use a shower brush to whack a water-guzzling hog, in order to reduce water consumption; (Players get an Efficient Energy Hog Handbook containing energy tips for dishwashers, fireplaces, attic energy efficiency, etc.);the Living Room reveals ‘Wacky Windows’ game where players engage in a race using a caulking gun to caulk the 4 corners of windows within a limited time period; the Kitchen has you playing ‘Fridge Frenzy Game’ whereby players mix and match refrigerator contents in a timed memory game; the Attic has you engaging in ‘Attic Attack’ firing insulation at energy hogs.

Players are encouraged to take the ‘Energy Hog Challenge’ facilitated by a set of educational activities about sources of energy and energy efficiency in the home which promotes Energy Star R products. It provides a home Energy Saver Audit. The game’s blue ‘hint’ box educates about energy efficiency.