- This article is about the Game & Watch game. For Mr. Game & Watch's down special move in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Mr. Game & Watch. For the microgame from WarioWare: Touched!, see Game & Watch Oil Panic.
Oil Panic is a dual-screen Game & Watch game released as part of the Multi Screen series on May 28, 1982. It was remade for Game & Watch Gallery, in which it can be played in either Classic Mode or Modern Mode. It is also one of the games in the Museum in Game & Watch Gallery 2. WarioWare: Touched! additionally features a microgame based on Oil Panic titled Game & Watch Oil Panic as well as a similar microgame titled Drop in a Bucket.
The game is set in a gas station where a leaky pipe is dripping oil. The Station Helper must collect these drops in a bucket and dump them into his boss's oil drum so that he may take them to the cars waiting beside the defunct gas pumps. The Station Helper also needs to be quick, as the dripping oil is right above flammable sources that cause a major fire if the droplets make contact with them (specifically, a smoking ashtray as well as two lit stoves). The bucket can hold only three drops of oil. For every drop of oil the Station Helper catches, he receives a point. He earns a point for dumping one drop of oil into the oil drum, two points for dumping two drops, and five points for dumping three drops. As the game progresses, the oil drips faster. If a drop is missed, if the bucket overflows, or if the Station Helper dumps his bucket on a customer instead of in his boss's drum, he loses one of four lives. If the player earns 300 points without any misses, another boss with an oil drum appears for 20 to 30 seconds, and any oil the Station Helper dumps into either boss's oil drum is worth double points. If the player has any misses at said score, all misses are removed instead. This game uses two miss counters: one for missed or overflowing oil, and the other for spilling the oil onto customers. If the player gets three misses from either of those categories, they receive a Game Over.
The Modern version is even farther from the original in that Bowser is actively dumping the oil from on top of a castle, forcing Mario to collect it in not one but two buckets and give it to Yoshi for removal. Even if Yoshi is not close enough to Mario when he dumps oil to him, Yoshi can still catch it with his tongue. In this version, Mario earns three points for feeding Yoshi three drops of oil, six points for four drops, seven points for five drops, and 10 points for six drops. If Mario feeds Yoshi six drops of oil when Yoshi is on the edge of one side of the castle, he blows a fireball that creates a Rotating Block. If he creates four Rotating Blocks on the castle's left side, he scales them and blasts Bowser away from the castle, awarding the player 15 points. If Yoshi creates a Rotating Block on the castle's right side and blows a fireball on it, it releases coins for bonus points. If Yoshi is not facing the proper direction, the oil instead falls on either Luigi or Donkey Kong Jr. below, angering whichever one it hits. If the player has any misses at 200, 500, or 700 points, a ? Block appears on the castle's right side, and if Yoshi blows a fireball on it, it releases a heart, which removes a miss if Mario catches it. However, if the player gets a miss before Yoshi blows a fireball on the ? Block, the block disappears. The Modern version also features music, with the tempo changing depending on the speed of the game.
- (left and right): Move
- : Move left
- : Move right
- (left and right): Move
- and : Spin
- The Classic version of this game depicts its Super Game Boy border as if the original game was released on the New Wide Screen series, despite being released only on the Multi Screen series.
- In the Modern version of Oil Panic, Yoshi blasts Bowser away from the castle in one of four ways: blowing a fireball at him, laying an egg and throwing it at him, spitting watermelon seeds at him, or shooting him with a laser gun.
- Oil Panic info page on In The Attic, a website dedicated to classic videogames (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine)
|Game & Watch Gallery series|
|Games||Game & Watch Gallery (1997, GB) • Game & Watch Gallery 2 (1997, GB) • Game & Watch Gallery 3 (1999, GBC) • Game & Watch Gallery 4 (2002, GBA)|
|Super Mario minigames||Donkey Kong2,4 • Donkey Kong Jr.3,4 • Donkey Kong II3 • Donkey Kong 34 • Mario Bros.3,4 • Mario's Bombs Away4 • Mario's Cement Factory4|
|Minigames remade with
Super Mario content
|Ball2 • Boxing4 • Chef2,4 • Egg3 • Fire1,4 • Fire Attack4 • Greenhouse3 • Helmet2 • Manhole1 • Octopus1,4 • Oil Panic1 • Parachute2 • Rain Shower4 • Turtle Bridge3 • Vermin2|
|Gallery Corner||Message Board • Museum • Music Room|
|Further info||Gallery (2 • 4) • Pre-release and unused content (4) • Staff (2 • 3 • 4)|
|Related game||Game & Watch Collection|
|1Game & Watch Gallery 2Game & Watch Gallery 2 3Game & Watch Gallery 3 4Game & Watch Gallery 4|