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SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony

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Name: SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony
Year: 1991
Publisher: Maxis
Developer: Maxis
Platform: PC
Genre: Simulation
Total rating: 74.5% - rated 23 times
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Submitter: Bazsa56
Added: May 08 2005
Warez status: Abandonware

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Author: Old_gamer
Date: Jul 06 2005 - 11:42
Score: 50 points
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Do you hate those pestilences which are crawling around and in your house, never getting rid of them whatever effort you put in? This is the game for you. Learning everything you need to know about those #@# ants, why they are so successful, surviving every death-trap you have in mind, their survival tactics, how they dig deeper and deeper, constructing a wide tunnel system, protecting their queen, proliferating as crazy. Yes, you will love learning about them. Knowledge of your enemy is essential to destroy him.

Maxis, a well-known name in the simulation games, released this game. Who´s never heard of SimCity, to name one? The game itself feels directly familiar to anyone who has played one of the SimCity games, for dos or windows; the menus are similar, adapted to this specific game. As may be expected from Maxis they have done the necessary work on the game to release a fully featured and stable game. Not only a kind of `look alike´ but a game of its own kind. With an artificial intelligence adapted to the world of insects.

You get several playing options: Tutorial, Experimental, Quick game and Full game. The tutorial is useful to quickly learn your way around on this huge game. It may look as a small game, but from an ants point of view it is really huge. Never realised a garden could be so extended when you are a little black ant. You are the little black ant, coloured yellow to distinct it from the others, trying to feed yourself and your queen, mating her and raising whole lot children. The experimental and quick game isn´t interesting, too easy, no challenge of any kind.

The full game is the real challenge, driving those humans and pets out their houses. Before you accomplish this task your yellow ant will have to work hard, very hard. It isn´t all fun in a garden; many enemies are present who consider you as a walking lunch. You will have to explore this hostile world, scouting to find food for your offspring and queen. Leading them with scent trails to new unexplored grounds, building a nest and digging huge castles. Defending your territory against aggressors, yes you have many enemies. Not the least is the red ant, bigger and stronger than your species, the little black ants. But also they can be considered as a nice meal...

You have allies in this ruthless war; the spider is one of them. You even can be the spider and control it, leading it to attack and eat the red ants. Nice idea from the guys at Maxis. As leader it is a good tactic to learn the necessary controls to gathering the black ant troops around you and raid those red ants, plundering their castles and kill the red ant queen. You get the message by now I suppose; it is more a strategy war-game.

Is it all good this game? No, the music is mediocre as usual; good thing is you can shut that horror off. Never have understood why this kind of music is put on such games, brrrrrrrr, gives me the chills, nerve-wrecking noise. Game sound is also mediocre and not needed, ants are silent. The graphics are fulfilling their goal, nothing more. Positive consideration is that they don´t get too pixelated even on a 19" screen. The game is stable, everything is working fine, and maybe some newer games could learn from those older games, you would have to dig as a black ant to find a bug on this one. Go ahead and proliferate. Enjoy.

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By Brownssugar - Aug 11 2011 - 18:41
 :-p Game keep shutting down. It returns to normal window and then the game closes.
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By TTJ67 - Mar 16 2011 - 12:49
computers have an internal beeper and that what old games used to use for sound
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By Gurra991 - Jul 22 2009 - 21:21
The reason why the computer makes noises is probably beacuse its an old game and back in the old days people (I weren´t even born...) didn´t have regular speakers instead does wierd noises (probably) its the same with ultima....
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By Awesome - May 28 2008 - 01:54
...And Where it shows options ad stuff, It doesn't show it in words..... It'slike in weird symbols.... -irritated-
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By Awesome - May 28 2008 - 01:53
Fun game but it akes my computer make weird noises... Yeah.... It's my computer not my speakers.... Anyone know what that's all about? -confused-

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