Oilman! Strategy Guide – The Best Hints, Tips and Cheats for Digging Out Oil

By Harry Slater |

Oilman is a game about digging fossil fuels out of the ground. Mainly using a pickaxe. Obviously, this is something you should only ever do in a game, unless you want everyone in the world to die. But, Oilman is a pretty engaging experience, albeit one with some layers you’re going to have to peel back if you want to get the most out of it. 

Which is where this guide comes in. We’ve played a good chunk of Oilman, and discovered a bunch of different strategies that are going to help you dig as much oil out of the ground as possible. 

Whether you’ve just got your first pickaxe or you’ve already spent some time in the mines, there’s going to be something here to help you out. So let’s do this – here are the best hints, tips and cheats for Oilman.

Mine everything

You’ll want to pickaxe every rock that you see, even when you’ve discovered the wells of oil. The more rocks you smash, the more gems you’ll get. The more gems you get, the more money you can make. Clear out every rock in the mines before you move on to the next island. 

Look for secrets

When you’re mining, keep an eye out for secrets. These might be chests, barrels, doors or ladders. Whatever they are, there’s usually a boost waiting for you, be it more cash or some special moves that can speed up your mining capabilities. You’ll find all the secrets if you follow the first suggestion.

Upgrade often

Whenever you go back to the top of the mine to drop off your oil and gems, make sure you go to the tool store and upgrade your storage capacity and pickaxe. The more powerful your pickaxe, the quicker you can hack through the rocks, and the more oil you can collect, the longer you can spend underground. 

Use your teleport

When you’ve done all you can underground, make sure you use your teleport to zap back to the top of the mine. It’ll save you a lot of time and it’s free to use. Make sure you remember where you’ve been in the mine and where you need to go next, otherwise you’ll spend a lot of time wandering around. 

Make sure you’ve got cash

Every time you go into the mine, you should make sure you’ve got some cash in your account. If you don’t, when you get to an oil well, you won’t be able to add a tap and start sucking up the black gold. It can be really frustrating having to backtrack, so make sure you don’t have to by holding back enough dollars to start drilling straightaway. 

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