My Favorite Video Game As A Kid: Nintendo Oil Panic

My Favorite Video Game As A Kid: Nintendo Oil Panic

I used to be crazy about video games as a kid.

I had the Nintendo Samurai TV Video game console, with a cartridge that had around a 100 different games. Naturally, there was the traditional Mario Brothers and Bricks, plus there were games like Legendary, Islander, King Kong, Chess, and even Mahjong, which I didn't know how to play back then, but is an absolute favorite now!

Do you remember any of these games?

Oh, and how can I forget Road Fighter? The hyper-addictive game, because of which, I almost gave a heart attack to my driving instructor... and STILL can't drive! :P :P :P

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Well, I also had several pocket video games. Among these, my most favorite was Oil Panic. Coincidentally, this was also from Nintendo, from their Game & Watch series.

This is what it looked like:

My Favorite Video Game As A Kid: Nintendo Oil Panic

Oil Panic was a dual-screen game, about an oil leak on the second floor of a gas station.

Dual screen, hence double the complication level. You had to keep an eye on two screens at the same time! That is why, it became such a favorite.

Plus, this is one game that I have actually completed all the way through... right to the end. So naturally, I am a bit more partial towards it! :D :P

I had no idea it was such a popular game until I did a Google search for it today, to find an image for this post. Frankly, I wasn't expecting to find a single image, but I found several!

In fact, I even found a YouTube video showing the game in action! Have a look...

So the top screen shows the inside of the second floor of the two-storey building. The guy on the second floor can collect maximum 3 drops of oil in his small container, which he then has to empty in the big barrel carried by the guy on the first floor, making sure that he doesn't spill it instead on the two waiting customers at the ground floor.

I was addicted to this game like crazy. It was my favorite companion back then on all my train journeys.

I had really mastered the art of watching both the screens simultaneously. Man! What concentration I had while playing this game! I feel amazed just by thinking about it now!

And you know something?

One of my cousins in Patna (an year elder to me) has actually managed to free the princess in Mario Brothers. In front of witnesses, yes!

So he and I were competing for high scores on this game during one of my summer vacations at Patna... when, suddenly, my game got finished.



I completed it! Finished the very LAST level!

For a few seconds there, I couldn't understand what had happened. And when it finally sunk in... I was like...
I beat a Mario Brothers princess-winner at a video game!
I beat a Mario Brothers princess-winner at a video game!
I beat a Mario Brothers princess-winner at a video game!"
I mean, can you believe it? :D

I actually managed to beat a Mario Brothers princess-winner at a video game! How cool is THAT for a bragging right? :D :D :D



My Favorite Video Game As A Kid: Nintendo Oil Panic
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Oh boy! What days! What memories! What simple pleasures in life!

Did you play video games when you were a kid?
Which one was your favorite?
Have you ever managed to reach the end of a game?

P.S. - While doing research for this post, I found an Android App version of Oil Panic on Amazon. I haven't tried it out myself. The one review posted there says that the game is fine, but the picture quality is poor. But you can give it a try if you want to experience the game.

I also found a remake of the classic Road Fighter, again an Android app, called Road Racer. This one is available for FREE download at the time of writing this post.

Here's more in "#ThrowbackThursday".
And here's more in "Games"!

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Mithila Menezes said...

VIDEO GAMES? I've never played one till date, even though I'm a geek and all!
I used to play those online games.. Barbie doll dress up and all.. And then I graduated to those management games: The ones in which you had to run a hotel and a business till it earned a certain given profit! I loved those games! :D

Chicky said...

REALLY??? Oh you would have liked them, Mithila.

I tried that dress up game once when my cousin was here. She's a couple of decades younger than me, and she wanted me to teach her how to play computer games. So.

The only management games I have played are the Synga ones on Facebook... FarmVille, (made loads of money there), CafeWorld (it was profitable but too boring) and FishWorld or something (again too boring).

Which ones did you play?

sulekkha said...

I didn't play any video games, still don't like playing games on my i pad/laptop.My kids and hubby love computer games, their enthusiasm is a delight to watch :)

Kathy Combs said...

I love video games. I am quite addicted to the ones on my phone and the cooking ones online. It is a wonder I get anything else done at all! :)

elly stornebrink said...

The only game, actually arcade game, I used to a bit years ago was PacMan. ;) Are you familiar with it? It seemed addictive and I wonder if such games including video games are addictive: I bet they all are! ;) Google 'Pacman" and you will see what I am talking about). :) <3

Chicky said...

Oh! You're the kind of girl that my father would love to have as a daughter, Sulekkha! Unfortunately, both of his kids have turned out to be the worst game addicts imaginable! My sister is two steps ahead of me! At least you find it pleasurable to watch your son and hubby playing! My Dad gets super irritated the moment I open a game on the computer!

Chicky said...

Hahaha! Kathy! I can so relate to this! I was exactly like this when I used to play FarmVille. It really was a wonder back then that I got anything done!

Chicky said...

Of course, Elly! PacMan was there too in my TV video game. I never got a hang of it though. I totally sucked at it!
If you want to play it again, I have added it on my blog too... check out this link... Pacman

Shilpa Garg said...

I have never played video games. Yeah, you can laugh at that!! So, I dont know about Mario Brothers and the Princess :D Kill me. LOL :D
If you ask about computer based/online games, I have played Solitaire like crazies, I started playing it from game no. 1 and went till some 8-900 games and duly maintained an excel sheet of the games I couldnt complete and then come back again to 'win; them. And then moved on to FV madness about which you know. Now I just play word game Word Cookie and have been playing it for more than 2 years and am on a very higher level. LOL :D

Sonia Chatterjee said...

I used to rush to the nearest cyber Cafe every twice every week on the pretext of practicing basic language we were studying in school. I would end up playing Super Mario and Road rage. Strangely, I never liked video games beyond a point.but this post brings back a lot of memories.

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