• Mise à jour le 05/06/20

Here is an artifact from the history of video games that resurfaces more than 20 years after its development. SimRefinery is a game created by a “Serious Games” division of Maxis for the oil company Chevron. It is a simulation game, like a SimCity or SimEarth, where the player has to manage a company specialising in the purchase/sale of oil, managing storage, transport, distribution and logistics.

The history of the game is more interesting than the game itself: The lost game specialist Phil Salvador who runs The Obscuritory has published a long article on the serious division of Maxis. This article was reported in the trade and general press, which stimulated the memory of a former Chevron engineer who had a copy of the game on a floppy disk.

After two weeks of suspense, the data on the diskette was extracted and the game files zipped and sent for testing. This is indeed the original game, without any more information, but perfectly usable with a DOS emulator like DosBox.

The principle of the game is perhaps not the most exciting, and may put off the most ecological players, but we must first of all salute the research work and the mobilization of the press and enthusiasts who have made this success possible.

To launch the game, unzip the archive, then drag and drop the .exe file into the emulator, as for all the other DOS products you want to emulate. An online version is available at

Capture d'écran SimRefinery
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