The most ambitious and far-reaching of Maxis' Sim lineage, Sim Earth puts you in charge of an entire planet throughout its 10 billion year lifespan. Your ultimate task is to guide the planet's inhabitants into the stars, from its humble single-celled roots.
The main threats you face include pollution, disease, famine, war and global warming. The controls available to you include the chance to move mountains and continents, creating different levels of species, and unleash tidal waves and earthquakes so as to reshape your planet. All of these things take from your limited energy, which must be replenished.
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.
Sim Ant is fun to play due to the unique twist the developers choose to use. You are an ant. Having sat down earlier today to play the game i found it was very enjoyable and easy to play. However i did have some compatibility problems when trying to play Sim Ant through Windows - I encountered no sound and at times the game froze.This was easily solved by switching to DOSBox.
Playing Sim Ant is fun because it's so refreshingly different. How many other games do you know of that let you be an ant? The gameplay is similar to games such as Age Of Empires. You must build up an ant colony and set out to defeat those blasted red ants, as well as later conquering the house located in your back yard. There are many small features that make Sim Ant that much more fun than other games in the genre. Features such as Body Switching. Other games in the same genre have you clicking on a unit and obtaining instant control, this makes you feel like a god. Sim Ant made me feel more like a military commander than a god as you have to seek out the ant that you want to control before being able to body switch. There are other methods that you can use to control ant's. You can recruit them and make them follow you, or you can edit the colonies general behaviour by using the behaviour window. A small triangle with a dragable circle, you place the circle at a point in the triangle and it changes how many ants will do a certain action. The three actions are digging, foraging and nursing. There is also another identical triangle that you use to control breeding, except for this triangle you have 3 different categories - breeders, workers and soldiers. To win in Sim Ant you must build up a strong enough ant army and eliminate the red ants whilst building your colony. You are vunerable so it's wise to make pebble walls to keep enemy ants out as well as setting scent zones. I didn't fully test the danger scent zone feature, but i presume you use it to set up patrol routes for you ants.
Conclusion When you first fire up Sim Ant, it will all be a little overwhelming, but after playing through the tutorial you should soon pick up all the basics required to play. Sim Ant is a suprisingly fun game with many neat features that you won't find in other games. Despite the out-dated graphics this simulation game is still extremly fun to play, and the small file size is also a bonus.
Offering simulation in a world of ecology / nature, SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony (also known as SimAnt: Die elektronische Ameisen Kolonie) is an abandonware developed by Maxis Software, Inc. and published by Maxis Software, Inc.. Released in 1991, you wander around in a isometric, side-scrolling, top-down perspective.
SimAnt was released by Maxis and is part of the Sim series. In the nineties, several Sim like games were created, Sim Ant is a ant colony simulator.
You have to manage your ants by digging tunnels, find food, protect the queen, expand your territory, fight against many enemies, including the evil red ants ! The conquest of the whole garden and the house will make you victorious.
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