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Oil Rush trailer shows off RTS-tower defense

Twelve minutes of RTS-tower defense fun are on show in a new trailer for Unigine's $20 downloadable game, Oil Rush.

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While politicians fret about the ramifications of peak oil, video games are here to show us that it could actually be pretty fun. Engine creator and developer Unigine has released splendid twelve minutes of straight gameplay footage Oil Rush, showing an entire mission from its tower defense-RTS hybrid.

Judging by the trailer, the strategy side of Oil Rush is a little like Eufloria at sea.

Captured facilities constantly produce units up to the cap, which you control more as a broadly-directed swarm than a collection of individual units to order around. The tower defence side lies in building and upgrading defenses for the structures you control. There also appear to be special abilities and a perk tree.

You may ask, "If oil is so scarce, why are they apparently fighting in fuel-guzzling mechanical vehicles?" Because the only way to get oil is to spend oil. That's Economics 101, stupid.

You can get instant access to playable development builds by pre-ordering the downloadable PC edition now for $19.95, which includes Windows, Mac and Linux versions. The full game's slated to launch this fall. A PlayStation Network edition is also in the works.

This particular mission is set in "the flooded jungles of Vietnam," with the objective of destroying a powerful enemy submarine:

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    July 28, 2011 9:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Oil Rush trailer shows off RTS-tower defense.

    Twelve minutes of RTS-tower defense fun are on show in a new trailer for Unigine's $20 downloadable game, Oil Rush.

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      July 28, 2011 9:28 AM

      This looks like it could be fun :D

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      July 28, 2011 9:36 AM

      This looks pretty cool. If you preorder it do you get a beta entry or something?

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      July 28, 2011 9:59 AM

      I'm seriously backlogged on my tower defense games. I recently got Sanctrum and Sol Survivor and haven't put a dent in them.

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      July 28, 2011 10:07 AM

      Didn't see a lot of tower defense there, looks like a simplified resource / research RTS with capture of bases and hardpoints.

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        July 28, 2011 3:17 PM

        The TD element does seem rather light. But, hard to tell from just one clip.

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      July 29, 2011 8:07 AM

      "Because the only way to get oil is to spend oil. That's Economics 101, stupid."

      Dear Alice, I wish you had the time and energy to do all the news here :)

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      July 31, 2011 12:18 AM

      Eufloria is one of my most favorite games, I'll have to check this one out.