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.