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Oil Panic is a dual-screen Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on May 28, 1982. It was the first game in the Multi Screen series. It was remade for the Game Boy title Game & Watch Gallery, in which it could be played in either Classic Mode or Modern Mode. It is also one of the games in the Museum in Game & Watch Gallery 2.
The game is set in a gas station where a leaky pipe is dripping oil. A station employee (represented by Mr. Game & Watch in Game & Watch Gallery) 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. 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). The bucket can hold only three drops of oil. For every drop of oil the employee 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 will drip faster. If a drop is missed, if the bucket overflows, or if the employee dumps his bucket anywhere but in his boss's drum, he loses one of four lives.
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.
If the player earns 300 points without any misses, another boss with an oil drum will appear for 20 to 30 seconds, and any oil the employee dumps into either boss's oil drum will be worth double points. If the player has any misses at said score, all misses will be removed instead.
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. The player receives 10 points after each time Mario feeds Yoshi two bucketfuls of oil. If this happens when Yoshi is on the edge of one side of the castle, he will blow a fireball that will create a Rotating Block. If he creates four Rotating Blocks on the castle's left side, he will scale them and blast 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 will release coins for bonus points. If Yoshi is not facing the proper direction, the oil will instead fall 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 will appear on the castle's right side, and if Yoshi blows a fireball on it, it will release a Heart, which removes a miss if Mario catches it. The Modern version also features music, with the tempo changing depending on the speed of the game.
Appearances in other games
Game & Watch Collection
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.
Super Smash Bros. series
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 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy information
Blue indicates the trophy or description is exclusive to the Wii U version.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit information