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The Ant Bully

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
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GameCube
57
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Windows
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Combined MobyScore 1 2.6


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70
PlayStation 2AceGamez
The Ant Bully is your traditional runaround platform adventure game. Young kids new to gaming will really enjoy this, even if they haven't seen the film, because it's very easy to pick up and play, thanks to the simple controls. Those same simple controls could feel restrictive to more advanced gamers though, young or otherwise, so I would say to those people that fall into this category, only pick Ant Bully up if you enjoyed the film. Still, for effort, and for making the brave bold move of keeping things simple yet quite enjoyable, Midway deserves some respect - The Ant Bully comes recommended for those small ants who prefer something straightforward, or those bigger people who can rise above the simplicity of this title to see that there is fun to be had right down there, with the rest of the ants!
69
GameCubeGame Freaks 365
This is the type of game that you'll probably beat and then never touch again, and it isn't the world's longest game, but if you are a fan of this movie, you could do far worse than to buy this game. Even if you aren't a fan of the movie, if you are a fan of platformers, you should at least try it.
68
GameCubeGame Vortex
Ant Bully is a platformer with a few new tricks (mostly the ant-colony features), but the rest of the game is bland. Unless you can't get enough of the movie, then rent the game first.
65
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
Aside from learning a few inaccurate oddities about ants or using it to make fun of your friends, this game isn't worth much.
65
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Aside from learning a few inaccurate oddities about ants or using it to make fun of your friends, this game isn't worth much.
65
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Aside from learning a few inaccurate oddities about ants or using it to make fun of your friends, this game isn't worth much.
65
WiiDigital Entertainment News (den)
While most licensed games end up being commericials that you pay for, The Ant Bully draws well from the source material, but still manages.
65
WiiVideo Game Generation
Despite the sloppy port, The Ant Bully is well worth a look for younger gamers. While the game’s content isn’t that special, and the graphics are some of the worst on the system, the way the game uses the Wii Remote & Nunchuk makes it an enjoyable experience. Overall, this is a solid kid-friendly title that hints at greater things to come for Wii owners young and old.
65
WiiGame Informer Magazine
Aside from learning a few inaccurate oddities about ants or using it to make fun of your friends, this game isn't worth much.
61
WiiGameZone
For its efforts and its technology, The Ant Bully is worth renting. But I wouldn't add it to your collection even if the movie it's based on is your favorite animated flick.
60
PlayStation 2ZTGameDomain
Ant Bully is your typical video game tie in with a little extra sprinkled on top. Unfortunately, more often than not these bits of extra seem like rushed afterthoughs rather than core gameplay elements. All in all, the game will please its core audience, young fans of the movie, while adults will find small moments of pleasure from the title.
60
GameCubeZTGameDomain
Ant Bully is your typical video game tie in with a little extra sprinkled on top. Unfortunately, more often than not these bits of extra seem like rushed afterthoughs rather than core gameplay elements. All in all, the game will please its core audience, young fans of the movie, while adults will find small moments of pleasure from the title.
57
GameCubeLawrence
While it's obvious that licensed games based on CG kids movies are usually rushed and sub-par, it's been proven that it doesn't have to be this way. Cars for PSP was a decent racing game, and Monster House for DS was a nice distraction for a while. The Ant Bully, on the other hand, really doesn't give me any reason to recommend it (even for fans of the movie).
57
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Sure I keep harping on this Beyond Good and Evil subject, but I would have been pleased if The Ant Bully was even just a little more like Midway’s underappreciated platformer Dr. Muto. As it stands, The Ant Bully is just another movie tie-in that might keep the children happy for a night, but the more seasoned gamers may want to look elsewhere.
57
PlayStation 2Lawrence
While it’s obvious that licensed games based on CG kids movies are usually rushed and sub-par, it’s been proven that it doesn’t have to be this way. Cars for PSP was a decent racing game, and Monster House for DS was a nice distraction for a while. The Ant Bully, on the other hand, really doesn’t give me any reason to recommend it (even for fans of the movie).
55
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Très correct pour un jeu licence, habituellement sans scrupules, Lucas Fourmi Malgré Lui est un titre qui n'est pas sans défauts, loin de là, mais qui a le mérite d'être honnête et de proposer un plaisir de jeu non feint. De plus, le bonheur de la découverte est bel et bien là, donnant au joueur l'envie de poursuivre. Attendez toutefois de le trouver à un prix un peu moindre, car s'il est sympathique, ses 45 euros le sont moins.
55
WiiDreamStation.cc
Sure, running around and performing such fetch-quests as bringing back food for the colony or collecting pieces of a weapon may not be fun for your average 25 year old, but in the eyes of an eight year-old this is great stuff. So, if you look at it from their perspective it's probably a decent game, and since that's the target audience you have to look at it like that. Then again, they're not asking eight year olds to review this game, so if you're looking for a game for a younger member of your family, this is a decent effort, but probably a rental first. If you're in the older set then there's no way you should even be looking in this direction in the first place, but in the off chance that you are…look away! Pretend it's the Medusa and keep your distance.
55
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
If you enjoy collecting pointless doodads, have an affinity for battling enemies whose AI appears to be broken, and seek the highest level of repetition possible, The Ant Bully is your game. I, on the other hand, hope that kid gets eaten by a grasshopper.
55
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
If you enjoy collecting pointless doodads, have an affinity for battling enemies whose AI appears to be broken, and seek the highest level of repetition possible, The Ant Bully is your game. I, on the other hand, hope that kid gets eaten by a grasshopper.
55
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
If you enjoy collecting pointless doodads, have an affinity for battling enemies whose AI appears to be broken, and seek the highest level of repetition possible, The Ant Bully is your game. I, on the other hand, hope that kid gets eaten by a grasshopper.
55
WiiGame Informer Magazine
If you enjoy collecting pointless doodads, have an affinity for battling enemies whose AI appears to be broken, and seek the highest level of repetition possible, The Ant Bully is your game. I, on the other hand, hope that kid gets eaten by a grasshopper.
55
PlayStation 2IGN
Graphically the game holds its own, though there’s really nothing that puts the effort above and beyond other licensed titles. The audio, however, seems unpolished and unfinished, making The Ant Bully extremely annoying to not only the gamer, but anyone else in the general vicinity of the TV. Combine that with repetitive gameplay and a story mode that takes only a few solid hours to wear thin, and you’ve got a licensed title that’s better left for rentals than a purchase. If licensed gaming is essential in your household, you’re better off saving the cash and waiting for something better to come along. The Ant Bully has its entertaining moments, but the bar for licensed games is slowly rising, and this overall product just isn’t up to par.
55
GameCubeIGN
If licensed gaming is essential in your household, you’re better off saving the cash and waiting for something better to come along. The Ant Bully has its entertaining moments, but the bar for licensed games is slowly rising, and this overall product just isn’t up to par.
55
GameCubeWorth Playing
For all of The Ant Bully's flaws, it succeeds in what it set out to do: Provide more time in the film's world for the fans. There were some obvious attempts to bring the game beyond the usual mediocre fare provided by film-to-game adaptations, but the few bright parts are eclipsed by the repetitive gameplay, lackluster graphics and atrocious controls. More frustrating than fun, fans of the movie would be much better off giving The Ant Bully a rental.
55
GameCubeDreamStation.cc
Sure, running around and performing such fetch-quests as bringing back food for the colony or collecting pieces of a weapon may not be fun for your average 25 year old, but in the eyes of an eight year-old this is great stuff. So, if you look at it from their perspective it's probably a decent game, and since that's the target audience you have to look at it like that. Then again, they're not asking eight year olds to review this game, so if you're looking for a game for a younger member of your family, this is a decent effort, but probably a rental first. If you're in the older set then there's no way you should even be looking in this direction in the first place, but in the off chance that you are…look away! Pretend it's the Medusa and keep your distance.
55
WindowsIGN
As a total package, The Ant Bully is a mix of surprisingly good and atrociously bad. While the gameplay is pretty entertaining at times, borrowing a few design elements form some of the best adventure games out there, fetch quests still get in the way of an otherwise amusing escapade. Graphically the game holds its own, though there’s really nothing that puts the effort above and beyond other licensed titles. The audio, however, seems unpolished and unfinished, making The Ant Bully extremely annoying to not only the gamer, but anyone else in the general vicinity of the TV. Combine that with repetitive gameplay and a story mode that takes only a few solid hours to wear thin, and you’ve got a licensed title that’s better left for rentals than a purchase.
53
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Ant Bully is het zoveelste teleurstellend kinderspel gebaseerd op een animatiefilm. Pest liever wat mieren in je tuin.
50
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Cette version PC a été visiblement été développée à la va-vite. Ne profitant pas des capacités du support, elle n'est qu'une triste adaptation de l'opus console. Cependant, si vous ne disposez pas d'une PS2, le jeu peut plaire au très jeune public, d'autant qu'il est disponible à un tarif intéressant.
49
WiiLawrence
If you’re going to steal, you should steal from the best, and the developers of The Ant Bully clearly know this. There are countless aspects of this game that are borrowed directly from the Legend of Zelda series. Jumping is performed automatically rather than with the use of a button. The main character can do a charge attack with his melee weapon. You can use a petal to float from a high area to a lower area, just like the Deku leaf from Wind Waker. Unfortunately, it borrows the mechanics from the classic Nintendo series, but leaves most of the fun behind.
48
GameCubeGamernode
As there have been many films adaptations thus far in video gaming—and most of them have never failed to disappoint to some degree—I shouldn't be surprised by this particular title's shortcomings. However, with a cast including Bruce Campbell and a solid movie to draw from, I hoped for more. If you have kids or younger siblings who are huge fans of the movie, they'll probably be engrossed by controlling the movie's hero onscreen. But unless you're easily amused by such meager pickings or dislike a great deal of challenge in a game, then you will probably find yourself looking elsewhere for a new platformer. This is not a terrible title; it just fails to impress on multiple levels.
48
PlayStation 2Gamernode
As there have been many films adaptations thus far in video gaming-and most of them have never failed to disappoint to some degree-I shouldn't be surprised by this particular title's shortcomings. However, with a cast including Bruce Campbell and a solid movie to draw from, I hoped for more. If you have kids or younger siblings who are huge fans of the movie, they'll probably be engrossed by controlling the movie's hero onscreen. But unless you're easily amused by such meager pickings or dislike a great deal of challenge in a game, then you will probably find yourself looking elsewhere for a new platformer. This is not a terrible title; it just fails to impress on multiple levels.
48
WiiGame Chronicles
Young kids and fans of the film will certainly find a few fun moments and the unique Wii controls certainly add some flavor to the gameplay, but it’s way too early into the life cycle of the Wii to tolerate or even settle for mediocre games like The Ant Bully.
48
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Tenzij je echt een Ant Bullyfilmfan bent doe je er goed aan dit game links te laten liggen. Je krijgt inderdaad wel wat achtergrondinfo, maar in een totaal oninteressante, snel saai wordenden en slordig uitgevoerde verpakking.
48
WindowsGamernode
As there have been many films adaptations thus far in video gaming-and most of them have never failed to disappoint to some degree-I shouldn't be surprised by this particular title's shortcomings. However, with a cast including Bruce Campbell and a solid movie to draw from, I hoped for more. If you have kids or younger siblings who are huge fans of the movie, they'll probably be engrossed by controlling the movie's hero onscreen. But unless you're easily amused by such meager pickings or dislike a great deal of challenge in a game, then you will probably find yourself looking elsewhere for a new platformer. This is not a terrible title; it just fails to impress on multiple levels.
47
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Computergenerierte Animationsfilme haben Konjunktur, die Spiele dazu ebenso. Beides leidet zunehmend unter Mittelmäßigkeit. Wie das Action-Adventure Lucas der Ameisenschreck zum wenig erfolgreichen Film: für Kinder zu schwer, für Erwachsene zu langweilig. Einzig das vielfältige Leveldesign erfreut.
45
WiiIGN
Graphically the game holds its own, though there’s really nothing that puts the effort above and beyond other licensed titles, and absolutely nothing was done to improve on visuals for the Wii version. The audio, however, seems unpolished and unfinished, making The Ant Bully extremely annoying to not only the gamer, but anyone else in the general vicinity of the TV. Combine that with repetitive gameplay and a story mode that takes only a few solid hours to wear thin, and you’ve got a licensed title that’s better left for rentals than a purchase. If licensed gaming is essential in your household, you’re better off saving the cash and waiting for something better to come along. The Ant Bully has its entertaining moments, but the bar for licensed games is slowly rising, and this overall product just isn’t up to par.
43
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Unless you're absolutely smitten with what you saw in The Ant Bully movie, you should probably avoid this game. While the game does indeed tell more of the story, it does so in a way that's preachy and uninteresting. Fighting the same half-dozen insects and repeatedly gathering trivial items is no way to spend five or six hours of your life, especially when you can't even rely on the graphics or cinematic scenes to salvage anything from the experience.
43
GameCubeGameSpot
Unless you're absolutely smitten with what you saw in The Ant Bully movie, you should probably avoid this game. While the game does indeed tell more of the story, it does so in a way that's preachy and uninteresting. Fighting the same half-dozen insects and repeatedly gathering trivial items is no way to spend five or six hours of your life, especially when you can't even rely on the graphics or cinematic scenes to salvage anything from the experience.
43
WindowsGameSpot
Unless you're absolutely smitten with what you saw in The Ant Bully movie, you should probably avoid this game. While the game does indeed tell more of the story, it does so in a way that's preachy and uninteresting. Fighting the same half-dozen insects and repeatedly gathering trivial items is no way to spend five or six hours of your life, especially when you can't even rely on the graphics or cinematic scenes to salvage anything from the experience.
40
PlayStation 2EL33TONLINE
For the older populous, which will be most of us, this game will keep you entertained for maybe an hour or two, but then you will really realize that it is intended for children, and it is. The game play is very simple and there is no main story line so you can just pick up the game and play it. The missions and levels get very repetitive very quickly and, although they do try to introduce new elements along the way, it’s not enough to keep you hooked. What is worse is that once you have completed all the missions and the game is “complete” you are required to go back to every single mission and find the “Fire Gems” and only once you’ve found 100 of them can you be transformed back to your normal size. How frustrating is that! I supposed they decided to throw that part in to add a few more game play hours, but after having finished the game I wasn’t hooked enough to go and find all 100 Fire Gems… No way!
40
PlayStation 2Video Game Talk
The Ant Bully is a prime example of inspired game design gone wrong. It's fine if you want to copy elements from the big guys but presenting them in an un-polished and lackluster fashion does nothing but make you look bad. Kids that haven't been exposed to these elements before will undoubtedly get the most out of the game, but the rest of the adventure just isn't a lot of fun. Fetch quests and clunky combat keep things most decidedly grounded and a mediocre aesthetic presentation doesn't help matters. Fans of the film and gamers in general can basically avoid this game and sleep easy at night.
40
WiiNintendoWorldReport
The Ant Bully is a cookie-cutter collect-a-thon adventure, and the game makes absolutely no attempt to hide it from the player. It's also another example of why licensed videogames tend to suck. It's also another port to the Wii that, from a gamer's standpoint, probably shouldn't have been done. The mediocrity trifecta! It's another Wii launch game you shouldn't bother with.
40
WiiAceGamez
Even as a basic film tie-in adventure, The Ant Bully doesn't score many points. Its gameplay is niggling and its humour is trite and stale. Unfortunately I fear that The Any Bully will be further ammunition for the Wii cynics, those jaded folk who delight in pointing out the console's similarity to the Gamecube. This is a game that never pretends to be anything but a recycled Gamecube port. Everything about it screams of lazy game developers - rather than giving serious thought to the Wii's pioneering control system, they've idly set out to force an old game onto this new control system. The phrase square pegs and round holes comes to mind, and for me The Ant Bully really doesn't fit well at all.
40
WiiEurogamer.net (UK)
It's a moot point though because the truth is that neither version is particularly worthy of your hard-earned - to the point where even the cash spent on a rental would be best diverted towards your next Virtual Console purchase. The Ant Bully is simply too generic in pretty much every way, a collection of ideas done hundreds of times before in other games, offering nothing new to excite or surprise the player. A wholly unremarkable and totally avoidable game.
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PlayStation 2Games Radar
The Ant Bully isn't wholly shameless about setting the bar low, and kids are bound to get at least a little joy from its small world, but this colony is just too repetitive and dull to be fun for long.
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PlayStation 2PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Children will get the most enjoyment out of this title. Everyone else should stay away.
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WiiGameSpot
The Ant Bully wasn't a good game when it was released for the GameCube, and it isn't any better now that it's available for the Wii. Being able to attack by shaking the controller doesn't change the fact that the game as a whole is repetitive and tedious. Furthermore, the graphics, which were ugly on the GameCube, look just as bad on the Wii. That's just not right.