SimAnt (Amiga)

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SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony is a simulation game inspired by ants and the ways of their life, created and published by Maxis.

AliasSimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony
Year1992
GenreSimulation
Rating4 (4)10
PublisherMaxis Software
DeveloperMaxis Software
Updated17 April 2017
TAGSanimals virtual life

Game Review

SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony is a simulation game inspired by ants and the ways of their life, created and published by Maxis. Released back in 1991 for the PC, it lets the player take control and run an entire colony of ants. An Amiga version was published in 1992, one year later the game was ported to the SNES.

The designers of the game are Justin McCormick and Will Wright, the founder of Maxis and author of other sims game such as SimEarth. The two were inspired by E.O. Wilson’s research on ant colonies. In just one year of its release the game already had sold over 100,000 copies.

SimAnt lets players play the game in basically three gaming modes - Quick Game, Full Game and Experimental Game. The setting of the game is in a backyard of a suburban home in which a colony of black ants live. Player has to play the game as an ant and has to protect the colony by fighting the red ants. Other enemies in the game come in forms of spiders, caterpillars and humans as well.

A big way in which SimAnt differs from other Sim games is that it gives its players a chance to win the game. It’s unlike other Sim games which generally had no victory options. SimAnt is one of those few games which have managed to garner a rating of full five stars by many top critics.

Review by: Rahul
Published: 26 January 2017, 5:29 pm


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