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I was trying to describe this game to my bf and all these threads asking for help naming a game make me think that one of you people might know the name of it so I can look it up to show it to him.
In this game I believe that you were able to travel around in a hot air balloon, when you were traveling in it it showed you the geography and your balloon was a circle that you could drift around. Occasionally you could land at some kind of an enclave and sell stuff you had collected. There was a level with an old man who was supposed to give you advice, and some kind of auction house with aliens bidding. Whenever I ever tried to bid on something on the auction house it was inevitably more money than I could afford.
I believe you could also find oil or tar pits or something to collect the oil, but we never had the manual for the game so we never knew what we were supposed to be doing.
That's really vague, but I'm hoping one of you is magical and know what the hell I'm talking about!
Edit: If I remember right, this was a game that you had to load up in DOS, before the days of Windows.