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SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony

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Windows 3.x
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3.8
FM Towns
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SNES
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4.3
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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 PC-98 Title screen
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony Amiga Main menu
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony Windows 3.x Game menu
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony SNES Fighting in red territory

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Sure beats having an ant farm Windows 3.x Maw (849)
Fun the first time around... DOS Stephen M (24)
Simant is as addictive as it is educational. DOS kbmb (399)
More fun than your first ant farm. DOS gametrader (229)

The Press Says

Info Amiga Apr, 1992 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
RPGFan SNES Dec 13, 1998 86 out of 100 86
GamePro (US) SNES Oct, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Amiga Action Amiga Jul, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Game Players SNES Jan, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Format Amiga Jul, 1992 73 out of 100 73
All Game Guide DOS 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1992 59 out of 100 59

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
The Queen 2 Indra was here (19088)
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!
Contributed to by Trypticon (6183), PCGamer77 (3028), Rodney Lai (513), NGC 5194 (17267), Terok Nor (17833) and Oleg Roschin (164803)