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SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony (DOS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
Overall MobyScore (25 votes) 3.5

The Press Says

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Power Play
Wie bei allen Simulationen von Maxis hängt der Spielspaß weitgehend von der eigenen Kreativität ab. Hier wird kein genauer Lösungsweg vorgegeben und viel Platz für die eigene Experimentierwut gelassen. Die MS-DOS-Ameisen unterscheiden sich kaum von ihren technisch perfekten Macintosh-Verwandten.
Entertainment Weekly
You can easily lose months obsessing over the witty SimAnt, which makes you head bug in an ant colony.
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Bis auf eine heldenhafte Ausnahme steuert man das Krabbelvolk „indirekt“, zum Beispiel durch verstärkten Nestbau oder die Ausbildung von mehr Soldaten- als Arbeiterameisen. Abwechslung in das biologische Feldexperiment bringen unterschiedliche Grafikperspektiven und Spielmodi wie etwa der „Silly Mode“, bei dem die verschnörkelten Gedankengänge der Hauptdarsteller auf dem Screen sichtbar werden.
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All Game Guide
SimAnt at heart is a simple game and doesn't have all the glittery action of adventure and action games but it is, after all, a simulation. What it does have is a great deal of integrity, intrigue and interaction and provides literally hours of immersive game play. The interface, as in most Maxis games, is intuitive and very easy to use. Most action occurs through the use of icons, menus and keyboard commands with a nice arrangement of windows to complement management considerations. The viewing perspective is varied, from overhead close ups of your controlled ant to a panned out global view of the entire area of play (all 192 squares, or patches, that cover the backyard and house) with other angle options available as well. Graphics are what you might expect from an ant simulation, fairly simple in appearance but detailed enough to allow meaningful text, charts and graphs to enhance control. The animated cut scenes are a treat and surprisingly eerie in their own way.