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SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony (DOS)

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Description

SimAnt explores the detail of the lives of ants, as you take full control of an ant colony. Build up your colony to conquer the other colonies in the yard. Foes include spiders and humans - make their lives a misery by invading their homes. A Quick Game option focuses on battles with other groups of ants, and a full Tutorial mode is provided. Biological detail of real ants is provided, to help make the package more educational.

In the full game the player starts out as the black queen ant who must start an ant hill and produce offspring to start the first colony. They control the output of types of ants between soldiers, workers, and breeders. Soldiers fight the enemy red ants and protect the ant hill, workers maintain the food supply and build out the ant hill, while breeders are used to start more ant colonies in the effort to take over the human’s property.

The player can switch from controlling one ant to another as necessary to do different tasks in the game directly. They can go out on the surface and collect green food dots, call in the troops and take down spiders and caterpillars or invade the red ants’ hill and kill them off. While out on the surface it is important to be careful not to drown in the rain or get killed by the lawn mower.

When there are populations of breeders, they can be dispersed to other sectors of the yard and house within three sectors of the current sector you’re operating from. Once a sector has a black ant hill on it, the player can move over to the newly populated sector and work from there to continue furthering the black ants.

The game is won when the red ants are exterminated from the play field and the human and his cat and dog are driven from their house by the overwhelming ant infestation which has been waged on them.

Screenshots

SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony DOS Main menu
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony DOS Welcome to the tutorial!  2-D underground mode.
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony DOS Heavy number-crunching going on behind the scenes
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony DOS Plenty of help from the interface, and plenty is needed.

Alternate Titles

  • "SimAnt: Die Trick-Kolonie" -- German title
  • "シムアント" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Fun the first time around... Stephen M (24) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
Simant is as addictive as it is educational. kbmb (399) unrated
More fun than your first ant farm. gametrader (229) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

The Press Says

Power Play May, 1992 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Entertainment Weekly Jan 13, 1995 B+ 83
PC Joker Feb, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 79 out of 100 79
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Apr 09, 2009

Trivia

The manual for the DOS version of the game, asides from having the instructions to play, also served as a mini-encyclopedia on ants, with 86 pages dedicated to the topic alone!
Rodney Lai (513) added SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony (DOS) on Jun 27, 2000
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