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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!
Aside from learning a few inaccurate oddities about ants or using it to make fun of your friends, this game isn't worth much.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Children will get the most enjoyment out of this title. Everyone else should stay away.