Oil Panic

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This article is about the Game & Watch game. For the move used by Mr. Game & Watch in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Mr. Game & Watch § Oil Panic. For the microgame from WarioWare: Touched!, see Game & Watch Oil Panic.
Oil Panic
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Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch
Release date May 28, 1982
Genre Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
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Oil Panic is a game released on May 28, 1982 as part of a series of dual-screened Game & Watch titles.[1] The game is set in a gas station where a leaky pipe is dripping oil. A station employee must collect these drops in a bucket and dump them into their boss' oil drum so that he may take them to the cars waiting beside the defunct gas pumps. He also needs to be quick, as the dripping oil is right above flammable sources that will cause a major fire if the droplets made contact with them (specifically, a smoking ashtray as well as two lit stoves). If a drop is missed or if the employee dumps his bucket anywhere but in his boss' drum, he loses one of four lives.

This game uses two miss counters: one for missed oil; the other for spilling the oil onto pedestrians. If the player gets three misses from either of those categories, they receive a Game Over.


Oil Panic was remade for the Game Boy title Game & Watch Gallery in which it could be played in either Classic Mode or Modern Mode. In Classic Mode, Mr. Game & Watch (representing the station employee) collects the oil and dumps it out a window to his partner. Modern Mode 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. Another added feature is that Yoshi can also be used to remove Bowser from the castle (when possible).

Thanks to the Nintendo DS's dual-screens, another port of Oil Panic was released in Game & Watch Collection. Unlike the Game & Watch Gallery versions, this incarnation is exactly the same as the original Oil Panic.

Appearances in other games[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Main article: Mr. Game & Watch#Oil Panic

Mr. Game & Watch's Oil Panic move in the Super Smash Bros. series is inspired and named after this game. It involves Mr. Game & Watch collecting projectiles instead of oil, and when the bucket fills, he dumps it on an opponent, causing them damage.

A background Mr. Game & Watch spills a tub of oil in the Flat Zone stage of Super Smash Bros. Melee, a homage to Oil Panic (though the similarity ends there, as the spilled oil actually remains and makes the ground slippery for a while in Super Smash Bros. Melee). Also, Oil Panic is one of the many Game & Watch games that appear in Flat Zone 2 in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Flat Zone X in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

WarioWare: Touched![edit]

Oil Panic appeared as a microgame in WarioWare: Touched! called Game & Watch Oil Panic. There is also a similar microgame called Drop in a Bucket.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In Description
Oil Panic OilPanicTrophy3DS.png OilPanicTrophyWiiU.png G&W Oil Panic (05/1982) The Game & Watch Multi Screen series is the big, big brother of the Nintendo DS. One classic title was Oil Panic, which puts you in charge of a petrol station that's sprung a leak. As oil drips down on the upper screen, you've got to catch it in buckets on the lower screen or risk an angry customer with a face full of oil!

Blue indicates the trophy or description is exclusive to the Wii U version.


  1. ^ Oil Panic info page on In The Attic, a website dedicated to classic videogames Retrieved 13 November 2010